Six months ago the Panama Papers broke open the secret world of tax havens. The leak of 11.5 million files from the law firm Mossack Fonseca gave the world a look into nearly fifty years of the relationship between tax, tax dodging and tropical tax havens. That scandal has been followed by controversy over Apple’s tiny tax bill and a leak of more than a million tax haven files from the Bahamas. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has rightly called for a crackdown on tax dodging. Ahead of the Conservative Party Conference we look at what she can do to deliver on that call.
Earlier this week we shared with you an inside look at life in refugee camps in Athens. Today, one of the women living in Schisto camp in the Greek capital tells us in her own words how she ended up there. Azita (real name and identity protected) travelled from Afghanistan with her two young sons and husband and arrived in Schisto in March. Azita’s words are her own, but her story has been translated into English.
Since the closure of Greece’s borders following the highly criticised EU-Turkey deal in March this year, around 48,000 refugees remain stranded on the mainland. In the capital of Athens, barbed wire, high fences and armed guards surround Skaramagas and Schisto camps. Inside, where conditions are poor and food is limited, thousands of people wait for their asylum claims to be processed. These pictures give a snapshot of what life is like inside an Athens refugee camp.
On the surface Munni is just like 10-year-old girls the world over – wanting to learn, play with friends, make new friends, have a safe and secure home and have dreams for the future. But Munni is not treated the same as other girls because she belongs to the Dalit community - considered the lowest people in society according to the caste system in Bangladesh. Find out how she's transformed her life with the help of ActionAid child sponsors.
Late last night news broke of another massive tax haven leak, this time from the Bahamas. Developing countries lose billions every year to corporate tax avoidance, money that could be spent on fighting poverty.
As anyone who sponsors a child with ActionAid will know, child sponsorship doesn't just benefit one child - it benefits their whole community. One important way that we're improving girls' lives in some of the communities where we work is through tackling female genital mutliation (FGM), and by supporting FGM survivors. Find out how child sponsorship is playing a crucial role in helping to end FGM.