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Aftershock

It has now been one week since the colossal 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal and the surrounding region. As the damage is assessed and the death toll soars, it seems likely to surpass Nepal's 1934 earthquake to become the most devastating quake in Nepali...

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Shock

Shock

In 2011, I spent a monsoon season living in a village in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal.  Ten months ago, I returned to that village to reconnect with Amma and Laksman, a local couple there that had taken me into their family.  I also reconnected with Saroj,...

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Storytelling

Since finishing the first draft of the Sisters For Sale documentary script six weeks ago, I've been working with the script and footage synchronously, to understand how the story works in practice. I've been searching for the best way to condense a complex and...

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About a girl

About a girl

My primary motivation for returning to Asia 19 months ago was to search for M, a teenaged Hmong friend who had been abducted and presumed trafficked to China for sale as a bride or prostitute. Many people believed that search to be impossible, and I'll freely admit...

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Who cares?

Who cares?

Recently I've been receiving more attention for my work with The Human, Earth Project. It was thrilling to see last night's premiere of the documentary Bargain Brides, on Vietnamese women being sold as brides in China. A large portion of the documentary focuses on P's...

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Bargain Brides

Bargain Brides

Last year I celebrated Christmas in the village home of my friend P, a recent survivor of human trafficking.P, her family and I were also joined by an international film crew producing a 50-minute television documentary on the countless young women being trafficked...

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A crisis of sorts

I'll admit it - I'm an addict. For too long now I've been slave to an addiction which has cost me vast sums of money and separated me from my family, friends, and the life I once loved. I'm talking about travelling. Am I joking? Yes and no. I had my mid-life crisis...

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Making diamonds of coal

Making diamonds of coal

I was given a one-month visa when I entered Cambodia, and I set myself the goal to complete the first draft of the Sisters For Sale documentary script before that visa expired on 10th March. (That's today). It was an immense job that involved sifting through and...

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For the win

Thanks to all of you who showed your support in January, I'm excited to announce that The Human, Earth Project is now one of 5 worldwide finalists for the 2015 best topical weblog award! The Human, Earth Project blog records the life-changing experiences of my...

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Stay young

Stay young

This week marks another birthday for both myself and The Human, Earth Project, and a perfect opportunity for a spot of navel-gazing. It's incredible to think it's now been more than ten years since I began travelling the globe. My adventures then, although they seemed...

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Meet Ethos

Meet Ethos

In 2010, I was living in a small mountain town in northern Vietnam. In that town I became friends with M and P, two teenaged Hmong girls from a neighbouring village who were later abducted and sold across the Chinese border. Last year, I spent three months in that...

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Two dollars

I'm generally a very tolerant person who prefers to avoid physical confrontation, and Laotians tend to be extremely calm and easy-going people. That's why it came as a surprise when three largely-uneventful weeks in Laos ended with a team of Laotian border guards...

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No news is good news

I apologise for not having written earlier; I was too busy writing. The last time I wrote to you all was on my final day in Vietnam, and today - three weeks later - is my final day in Laos. They've been three highly rewarding weeks. I've finally...

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How far we’ve come

The Human, Earth Project, as you all know, is an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking. Having achieved more with the Project in 2014 than anyone dared hope for, and finding myself with a little more time to breathe, I am now seeking to raise the...

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Here we go again

P has successfully reconstructed her life, M's situation remains unchanged, and my work here in Vietnam is finished... Which is fortunate, as I'm being forced to leave the country. This time, it's nothing personal. Yesterday I discovered that, for reasons known only...

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A fire in the belly

What has, for you, been the most fascinating moment of The Human, Earth Project? Was it amongst those moments when at last I succeeded in contacting, locating and meeting with my trafficked Hmong friends P and M in China? Was it the moment when, after three years and...

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