25 November 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

25 November 2017


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


In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate World Toilet Day and visit Manus Island, Burma, Yemen and much more.


1. Last Sunday we celebrated World Toilet Day – and there is more to this important issue that you might think. “World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.” To find out more about ‘where our poo goes’ you can check out this interesting article!


2. The situation on Manus Island continues to deteriorate as human rights abuses continue. There are some excellent and informative articles on these desperate issues – from The Guardian and The New York Times.


3 Here’s an important petition to sign from Greenpeace. In their bid to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean (90% of seabirds now have plastic in their stomachs!), Greenpeace is calling on Coca-Cola to lead the way by phasing out single use plastic bottles.


4. Human Rights Watch have just released their report, ‘All of My Body was Pain’ documenting the rape and other forms of sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls during the ethnic cleansing. It’s important but disturbing reading.


5. Recently the London Film Festival was treated to an amazing new movie about the lives of the men detained on Manus Island – ‘Chauka, Please Tell us the Time‘. Netherlands-based Iranian filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani formed a partnership with Kurdish-Iranian journalist and writer Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since August 2013 and together a creative partnership was formed. You can see the trailer to the movie here.


6. The Guardian has a wonderful picture essay by Dean Sewell about the journey of Mungo Man as he travelled with those who were returning his  remains to country.


7. Life for the people of Yemen continues to worsen with the impacts of war, malnutrition, health epidemics and homelessness. A worker from MSF shares her insights from working in this country for most of this year.


8. Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign has been very successful and in this article they highlight 15 of their big wins.


9. Amineh Abou Kerech has just won the 2017 Betjeman poetry prize for 10- to 13-year-olds even though she only learnt to speak English 12 months ago having arrived in the UK from Syria.


10. And for a little light (and clever) entertainment to end our week, here is the latest offering from First Dog on the Moon – the Guardian’s resident cartoonist – on the Yes Vote!


Thanks for your company again this week. See you next time.