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Gaza six months after the ceasefire

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Posted in News on 26 February 2015 by Jane Moyo

It’s exactly six months since Israel's shelling of Gaza ended. Thanks to donations to ActionAid through the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal we're still helping women and children like Ghada and Mahmood to recover from the trauma and rebuild their lives.

Children take water canisters to their shelters by cart in Beit Hanoun, Gaza
Children take water canisters to their shelters by cart in the city of Beit Hanoun, in northeast Gaza
Photo: ActionAid

The damage and destruction caused by 50 days of conflict between 7 July and 26 August 2014 was unprecedented in the long history of struggle between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories:

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 23rd February - 8th March. Fairtrade is all about better prices, improved working conditions and fairer trade laws for farmers and workers. Here’s five things you (probably) didn't know about Fairtrade.

Adivasi women farmers, Nilgiri hills, India.
Adivasi women farmers, Nilgiri hills, India.
Photo: ActionAid

Fairly-scooped ice-cream

Those chaps over at Ben and Jerry’s have committed to sourcing Fairtrade certified ingredients for ALL their products. Next time you’re eating your Phish Food, Cookie Dough or Chocolate Fudge Brownie, take your eyes off the spoon for a moment to appreciate the Fairtrade mark.

Eastenders star and ActionAid supporter Samantha Womack talks about the best and worst things about being a mum and shares her top five tips for other mums bringing up their children.

Samantha Womack on a boat with her daughter, Lily
Samantha Womack with her daughter, Lily
Photo: Samantha Womack/ActionAid

What are the best and worst things about being a mum?

The best thing about being a mum is being part of a family. To me, family are people you can rely on in any circumstance and who give you unconditional love, to support you through life.

The worst thing is constantly worrying about them, from the day-to-day dangers they may face, to worrying about their future and hoping that they won’t get hurt along the way. Oh and the fact that they nick my food is a constant disappointment!

It’s been a busy few weeks since we launched the campaign for a Tax Dodging Bill, and it seems like tax has never been a bigger political issue. Thanks to the pressure from campaigners and some huge scandals, politicians are already pledging to act – but there’s still a long way to go before all the parties support a Tax Dodging Bill to make tax fair.

Photos of newspaper stories about tax dodging
Tax has been hitting the headlines across the newspapers
Photo: ActionAid

HSBC's tax scandal

If you’ve seen the news recently you’d be hard pressed to have missed the scandal over HSBC’s Swiss division helping rich clients dodge tax.

This Valentine’s Day, at ActionAid we're wearing our heart on our sleeve and standing up for what we love that could be lost to climate change. We’ve joined the UK Climate Coalition - the largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change - to #showthelove.

Friends Khaleda and Kadidja, 13, hugging each other in a paddy field in Bangladesh.
Friends Khaleda and Kadidja, 13, are sponsored by ActionAid in Bangladesh.
Photo: Nicolas Axelrod

There’s so much people love that could be lost to climate change, from polar bears to the amazon rainforest, but at ActionAid the thing we love the most is people. We work with the poorest people in the world, living on the margins of survival. And it’s these people who are being hit first and worst by climate change.

This Saturday, it will be ten months since 14 April 2014 – the day the Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria. As the Jihadist group expands its campaign of terror, we take a look at the devastating effect this is having on Nigerian people, especially its children.

Shaku, 16, is the brother of a schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeri
Shaku, 16, is the brother of a schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria
Photo: ActionAid

Boko Haram, which means 'Western education is forbidden', wants to create an independent country in the far north-east of Nigeria, based on an extreme interpretation of Islamic law. Despite the huge international support of the campaign to #BringBackOurGirls, the girls still haven't been found, and disturbingly: