Class Five’s Letters – Part Two

The second part of our Newport Primary School feature, where we answer the questions put to us by Mrs Savill’s class. Also in this post is the video clip we showed the children of Newport Primary, to help give them an idea of life in the Himalayan foothills.

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Class Five’s Letters – Part One

We take a break from our travelling and return to Newport Primary School, more specifically Class 5 who we visited last week. We showed video clips of our time in the Himalayas and we talked about life on the sea. We were there to start a cultural exchange programme between the students of Newport and the students at Magno Vale Academy, a school set up by the MondoChallenge Foundation. The project is being coordinated by Class 5’s teacher Jude Savill, MondoChallenge representative Amy Pettipher, and ourselves. More on MondoChallenge later, in the meantime we just had to print and reply to these wonderful letters. Here are the first three:

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Aid reaches Somalia Islamist area

Aid reaches Somalia Islamist area The Red Cross delivers food into one of Somalia’s worst hit drought areas, controlled by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

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Tanker seized off western Africa

Tanker seized off western Africa Pirates hijack an Italian diesel tanker off the coast of the west African state of Benin in an attack of the kind more usually associated with Somalia.

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Australia urges world to work on Somalia famine relief

Australia urges world to work on Somalia famine relief NAIROBI (Reuters) – Australia urged the international community Sunday to rally behind the U.N. relief effort in the famine-struck Horn of Africa or risk hundreds of thousands of people starving to death.

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Somali Islamists maintain aid ban

Somali Islamists maintain aid ban Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamists deny lifting their ban on some Western aid agencies and reject UN reports of famine in parts of the country.

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What has caused the East Africa crisis?

What has caused the East Africa crisis? The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of Somalia, as the worst drought for 60 years forces thousands of people to flee their homes and cross the country’s borders in search of aid.

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Aid agencies deal with terrorists to reach Somalia’s starving

Aid agencies deal with terrorists to reach Somalia’s starving For aid donors and humanitarian agencies, it is a Faustian bargain: reach and save tens of thousands of people on the verge of starving to death. The price: come to an “understanding” with one of the most active affiliates of al Qaeda and perhaps help it retain control of large swathes … Read More

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Three stories from Africa’s drought, famine

Three stories from Africa’s drought, famine I recently visited Garissa, Kenya — a city of at least 180,000 people not far from the border with Somalia — and areas to the north to see how this year’s drought has impacted families in the area.

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Agra’s Not Just The Taj Mahal, You Know

The Taj Mahal is the main reason for visiting Agra, but it’s not the only one. Indeed anyone in the area who doesn’t take in the ‘Baby Taj’ (Itimad-ud-Daulah) is missing a treat as its beauty is almost on a par with her big sister. Sadly this is in stark contrast to the acid-burned arm of the beggar boy we saw at the trainstation. That’s India for you. This week’s post is packed full of photographs, for those who just want to skim through the last of our Agra blog entries.

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Baywatch of Goa

Pic of the Day today is the last spread from our Sailing Today series. This was taken on Anjuna Beach in Goa and features four Indian life-guards with little to do except look cool. Baywatch eat your heart out!

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U.N. flies aid to Somalia after Islamist rebels lift ban

U.N. flies aid to Somalia after Islamist rebels lift ban The United Nations airlifted emergency supplies to help children in southern Somalia after Islamist rebels pledged to lift an aid ban they had imposed in areas under their control in the war-ravaged nation.

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Rain hits Somali drought victims

Rain hits Somali drought victims People who have fled the drought in Somalia to camps near the capital Mogadishu are now being hit by days of cold, heavy rain.

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Kenya allows drought refugee camp

Kenya allows drought refugee camp Kenya has agreed to open a new refugee camp near its border with Somalia, as thousands flee the region’s worst drought in 60 years.

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Fatehpur Sikri: City of Victory

Cliché or no cliché, Akbar’s ‘City of Victory’ really does “rise majestically” from a barren rocky plateau. Referring back to my note book, before writing up this visit, I found a string of exclamations: “The scale! Location and position! Extraordinary! Fabulously well-maintained! Power! More palace than fort!” An extraordinary place…

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Finalist in the Bradt/Independent on Sunday Travel Writing Comp

“…We all liked your entry – an interesting and atmospheric piece of writing… you should be very proud of yourself – there were a lot of good entries this year. The six finalists now go forward to Matthew Parris to select the final winner, so who knows who that will be. Meanwhile crack open the champagne!” Hilary Bradt. Wow! Very excited to have reached the final of this prestigious award. All six pieces are available to read right now on-line, so have a look and, if you feel like it, do leave some feedback.

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Somali Pirates May Face Death Penalty

Somali Pirates May Face Death Penalty Three Somali men accused of hijacking a sailboat in the Indian Ocean and killing the four Americans aboard could face the death penalty, rather than life imprisonment, if they are convicted.

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