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Tsunami survivor Martunis signs to Sporting Lisbon 11 years after we reunited him with his family

Friday 3 July 2015 by Alice Klein

Martunis clung to a sofa and eventually a tree where he remained for weeks, surviving on packets of dried noodles and bottles of water which floated past. This week he was unveiled in Portugal as the latest signing of Sporting Lisbon’s famous academy following in the footsteps of his hero Christano Ronaldo who he met in the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2005.

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Ready to Read: closing the gap in early language skills in the UK

Monday 29 June 2015 by Jerome Finnegan

Today the Read On. Get On. Campaign is calling for an increased focus on the early years to ensure that all children have good language skills by the time they start school.

The early years are the golden years for ensuring all children can read well by 11. The extent to which young children living in poverty are struggling with early language is significant and has a knock-on impact on their literacy levels in primary school. But the good news is there’s lots of evidence to tell us what works to drive good language skills.

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A colourful way to help save lives!

Tuesday 23 June 2015 by Malise Rosbech

The running season is in full swing and Save the Children staff and supporters are getting involved. Of course Supporter Services are getting into the running too!

This includes me – even though, besides a few vague school memories of the annual 5k runs in the local forest, my running history is nearly non-existent.

I haven’t run since and, apart from the occasional yoga class, I practise a strict non-exercise regime.

So I’m not sure why I signed up to do the Colour Run in June for Save the Children as soon registrations opened in February!

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Father’s Day: A choice between two fires for a Syrian dad

Sunday 21 June 2015 by Dorothy Sang

Ahmad has lost 25 family members to the war in Syria. They were not fighters, just normal people, caught up in the bullets and the blasts. After enduring two years of life in a warzone, it was the destruction of his children’s school, when several of his children’s friends were maimed and killed, that finally drove Ahmad to make the difficult decision to leave his home.

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World Refugee Day: “one day we could never go back home”

Sunday 21 June 2015 by Voices from the Field

I used to live next to Donetsk airport, with my husband and two children, Eugiene, now seven years old and Zllatta, three. That morning they closed the area off and we could see helicopters flying above our homes and shooting at the airport. People started running. I was thinking, what should I do? Stay with the car so we can drive away? But what about my baby? Should I grab her and run? And then something exploded so loudly that I just grabbed her and ran. We left that day and never went back.

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Nigeria: impossible choices for families forced from their homes

Friday 19 June 2015 by Dorothy Sang

There are now more refugees in the world than at any time since the second world war. Persecution, conflict, climate change, competition for resources and crippling poverty are forcing millions to leave their homes and their countries.

In north east Nigeria alone there are 1.5 million internally displaced people who have been forced from their homes by ruthless violence. They are refugees within their own country and, as some of them told me recently, they face impossible choices every day.

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Yemen: children “living in a nightmare”

Thursday 18 June 2015 by Voices from the Field

Fatima Al-Ajel works for Save the Children Yemen in communications, media and advocacy. She recently returned to her country after two and a half months in exile.

Whenever I have to travel abroad for work, I’ve always looked forward to returning to my country.

But I would never have expected my last trip to turn out like it did.

At the end of March this year I was at a meeting for work outside Yemen. It was the last day of the meeting and I was excited at the thought of returning home and seeing my family the very next day.

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Mediterranean crisis: harrowing stories show need to do more for children

Thursday 18 June 2015 by Justin Forsyth

I’m in Sicily where I’ve been hearing the harrowing stories of children and families who’ve survived the perilous trip from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea.

Every day, thousands are fleeing persecution in their homeland, in search of a better life in Europe.

A series of tragedies earlier this year highlighted the huge risks they’re taking, and put the spotlight on the EU’s heartless decision to stop search and rescue operations.

But even though search and rescue operations have resumed, I’ve been discovering that the ordeal doesn’t end when migrants reach dry land.

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Restart the Rescue: migrants’ ordeal isn’t over yet

Tuesday 16 June 2015 by Ben Brill

Back in April, our Restart the Rescue campaign called on the UK’s political leaders to put a stop to the EU’s heartless policy of abandoning search and rescue operations for migrants in the Mediterranean.

In a matter of weeks, hundreds of lives had been lost as migrants – many of them children – risked everything in search of a better life in Europe.

Tens of thousands of our supporters spoke out to stop children drowning – and it worked!

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The childcare debate: affordability, sure – but don’t forget quality

Tuesday 16 June 2015 by Jerome Finnegan

Today the Childcare Bill is receiving its second reading in the House of Lords. The bill would allow the government to move forward with plans to extend the free childcare offer for three- and four-year-olds in England from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents. WLahile the focus on affordability in the debate is important, it’s crucial that we don’t lose sight of the quality of childcare provision. High-quality childcare can make a real difference in the lives of children, particularly for those most likely to struggle in school.

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