Subscribing to Reporters Sans Frontiers, or Reporters Without Borders for anglophones, brings heavy emails. Since 2019, RSF has already informed its followers that six journalists, including one citizen journalist, have been killed on duty.
I have been sitting on this article for some time after first hearing about Volunteer Ministers back in 2018. I sat on it because, like many who speak out against Scientology, I was scared of intimidation and threats. But considering the level of atrocity being carried out by this global cult; it seems justifiable, and in the public interest, to report on what is happening in some of the worst disaster zones across the world.
There is seldom a thing that strikes fear into the heart of a community than an outbreak of disease and Ebola is no exception. It grew to global infamy in 2014 after a major outbreak claimed over 3,955 lives in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Now it is spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo leaving the World Health Organisation to describe it as a “toxic mix of violence and community mistrust”. Ebola is being fought in a war zone.
How the BBC, a general election, David Dimbelby, and The XX made me who I am today.
When I stopped a student from suturing a man’s arm back together, I knew something was horribly wrong. He had never dealt with patients. He was 21, from England, and in his second year of a medical degree. But Richard had decided to come to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, to the hospital where I had been working for a few months, so he could advance his medical career. He, like many hundreds of students from the UK, was capitalising on the opportunities provided by Work the World and subsequent work experience providers. He, like so many students from the…