23 September 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

23 September 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we go to Myanmar and Bangladesh, Apple’s factory in China, the ocean, the United Nations and much more!


1. More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar and more than 1,000 have died. The Guardian has a photo essay depicting the tragedy. And Medecins Sans Frontieres has issued an alert warning about the health dangers facing Bangladesh as they cope wiht the influx of refugees from Myanmar.


2. SBS NTIV has a feature story about the thousands of stolen generation children who were charged and given criminal records for being a ‘child in need of protection’.


3. The Committee to Protect Journalists have confirmed the 44 journalists have been killed so far in 2017 – 25 with motive confirmed, 11 without and 8 media workers. The deadliest countries are Iraq, Syria and Mexico.


4. There’s too much plastic in the sea – we all know that now. But you may not be aware that your pile of laundry is also filling the ocean with plastic pollution. And there is a confronting documentary, A Plastic Ocean, about the extent of the problem more generally. And this is a pretty grim video but important to watch – Sky Ocean Rescue posted a video of a whale dying, so full of plastic waste.


5. The Guardian is sharing an extract from a new book by Brian Merchant, exposing Apple’s factory in Longhua China where workers are so unhappy they have started to take their own lives.


6. There is no doubt that the extent of displacement for people around the world is at an all time high. 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016 – more than the entire population of the United Kingdom. The United Nations has an important video / story on ‘5 facts about people forced to flee’.


7. Amnesty International is calling on people to join their I Welcome Community – a movement of people willing to unite to welcome refugees. And there’s lots of things you can do to get involved!


8. If you’re new to human rights issues and the United Nations more generally then you might find this interesting. The United Nations have listed the 5 areas that they mostly work in. It’s an interesting and important read.


9. This edition of Exposure (United Nations Development Program) highlights the beautiful ecosystem and biodiversity of Nambia with some amazing photos to inspire you to connect with nature.


10. Artist Trung Pham fled Vietnam with his brother in 1980 and eventually resettled in Canada. His experience as a refugee now informs his amazing art work that has been displayed in some of the most prestigious galleries in Canada.


Great to have your company again this week.