Ade Adepitan: From shopping trolley to world stage

By Georgie Knaggs Forty years ago, on March 27 1973, a little boy called Adedoyin Adepitan was born in Lagos University teaching hospital in Nigeria. His parents didn’t know it then, but Polio was about to change the course of his life forever. By the time Ade was three, the disease had infected his young body and turned his world upside-down. The virus left him unable to use his left leg and forced him and his parents to move to England in search of treatment and a better life for their disabled child. Iron calipers (leg braces) were a start, but they could [more]

Social Media brings power to the Turkish people?

By Gary Buswell Social media has played an important role in reversing a government decision in Turkey. Due to the protests organized via social media, the Turkish government has scrapped plans to transform an Istanbul square into a shopping mall. On 1 June this year, a blog began circulating around social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Called 'What Is Happening In Istanbul?', it gave an account of Turkish police trying to forcefully disperse a growing group of protesters who had gathered over the past week in the city's Taksim Square. The blog post was addressed 'To my friends who live outside [more]

Migrant proposals 'endanger public health'

By N. N. Dee Leigh Daynes, Executive Director, Doctors of the World UK shares with N. N. Dee his perspective on the impact that proposed changes to the NHS will have on migrants. Leigh’s previous posts include Director of Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications for Plan UK and Head of Corporate External Affairs for the British Red Cross. 1.What is Doctors of the World and what is its role? Doctors of the World UK is part of the global Médecins du Monde network, which delivers over 300 projects in more than 70 countries through 3,000 volunteers. We run a clinic and advocacy programme in east [more]

Not only doner kebabs: My Turkish London

                  By Helena Argyle There are an estimated 500,000 Turkish immigrants living in England today, with the vast majority settled in London. The migration of Turkish people to London does not only span recent decades, but dates back hundreds of years; shaping our culture, philosophy and politics alike. Historically, England has seen Turks crossing the border since as early as the 16th century. Records show that Henry VIII had Turkish mercenary troops in his foreign heavy army and by the mid-17th century there were hundreds of Turkish migrants living in the United Kingdom, most of whom were freed slaves from Spanish ships during [more]

St Mungos, shaping the future

By Michela Sechi After living through drug addiction, homelessness and prison, Thomas was losing hope. But when he walked through the doors of St Mungo’s, he found people who truly wanted to listen Started in the late sixties in Battersea as a house run by a few volunteers offering food and shelter for a handful of rough sleepers, St Mungo’s is now a well-established charity able to help thousands of homeless people every year. According to Judith Higgin, from the charity, those seeking refuge arrive with a multitude of complex problems. Most are lonely, often suffering from physical or mental health problems. Drug [more]

Migrant Mums

By Tania Farias Becoming a mother is a very special moment within a woman’s life. Most of the time family and friends gather together to enjoy this event and everybody focuses on the new born. But what about the mother? What does it mean for a woman to become a mother? What happens when a woman becomes a mother abroad? Furthermore, what does it mean to be a mother far away from everything that is familiar? In brief, what does it mean to be a migrant mum? Exploring these and other questions, a year and a half ago the photographer Ryoko Uyama [more]