Food truck ferries meals to Syria’s displaced in northern Idlib | AFP

Relief workers with the Ataa Relief and Development Association, a small NGO registered in Turkey, ferry meals to displaced Syrians in Sarmada, in northern Idlib province.

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On the frontline to protect oceans, scientists scour remote Atlantic seamount | AFP

In the remote South Atlantic ocean scientists, divers and activists brave dangerous conditions in search of an underwater mountain. Its unique marine life is rumoured to be flourishing after an extensive ban on fishing. This Greenpeace research mission is part of its year long pole-to-pole expedition to lobby the UN for an international legally-binding treaty to preserve the oceans. AFP journalists joined the NGO on a nearly two-week trip to see the revival of Mount Vema and get to know the men and women who sacrifice life on land for ocean conservation.

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African NGO maps out the waterways of Lagos’s forgotten slum | AFP

Officially, the floating Lagos slum of Makoko does not exist. It does not appear on any city planning documents or maps. But that is about to change, thanks to a team of local volunteers and South Africa-based NGO Code For Africa. Using geolocalising technology, they navigate the waterways of this floating slum to create a map that they hope will improve the lives of those living here. N°1MN9EVN°1MN9O7

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Richard Gere brings supplies to migrants stranded in the Med | AFP

US actor Richard Gere boards an Open Arms boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea to bring food and water to 121 rescued migrants and to the NGO crew that have been waiting for eight days for a port to dock at.

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Demonstration in Banjul, Gambia against sexual violence | AFP

People in Banjul, Gambia, mobilise to demonstrate against sexual violence after Human Rights Watch reported that former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh ‘handpicked’ women to sexually assault and abuse. The investigation, by HRW and a Swiss NGO, TRIAL international, is based on evidence from several women, eight former Gambian officials and several other witnesses, they said. IMAGES

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French NGO fears EU food aid may decrease after elections

As the European Union readies its budget for 2021 to 2027, French NGO les Restos du Cœur is concerned funding for the homeless may decrease. The charity is heavily dependent on EU aid, with a quarter of meals financed by the union, according to one of the group’s presidents.

Rio’s stray bullets cause innocents to suffer

Parents and friends of Maria Eduarda, a schoolgirl killed two years ago by stray police bullets in Rio de Janeiro, protest in front of the governor’s office. According to Rio de Paz, the NGO that organized the protest, 54 children under the age of 14 have been killed by stray bullets in Rio since 2007.

100 whales captured in Russia for aquariums

Dozens of orcas and beluga whales captured last summer for use in oceanariums have brought Russia’s murky trade to the spotlight. Russia is the only country where killer whales and beluga whales can be caught in the ocean for “education” purposes. The legal loophole has been used to export the animals abroad, especially to satisfy a demand in China’s growing network of ocean theme parks. Greenpeace has proposed to the Russian authorities to let the NGO provide “technical assistance” to the animals so they can survive until their release.

Malnutrition, one of the saddest faces of the Venezuelan crisis

Samuel, who is 15 months old, weighs as little as a newborn and was close to death upon admission at Caracas Central Hospital. As Venezuela’s government and opposition quarrel over letting in foreign humanitarian aid, the saddest face of the crisis is indeed that of suffering children – but thanks to a team of medics and a Venezuelan NGO, some young children are on track to a happier health.

Louisiana NGO disagrees with water rules rollback

(12 Dec 2018) Louisiana Bucket Brigade opposes the water rules rollback by the Trump administration and says it’s aimed at empowering corporations and other businesses. (Dec. 12)

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‘It’s all acting’: NGO exposed teaching migrants how to trick ‘f***ing stupid’ EU border guards

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ig4

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Palestinian ‘birdman’ watches over the West Bank

Anton Khalilieh, a Palestinian man who specializes in birds, conducts research and observations of bird migrations in the West Bank in the hope to make bird watching more popular in Palestine. Khalilieh is the executive director of Nature Palestine Society, a new small NGO seeking to document all the birds in the occupied West Bank and eventually establish observatory stations for foreign and Palestinian twitchers.

SOS Mediterranee issues a rallying cry to save the Aquarius

SOS Mediterranee calls for citizen mobilization to “save the Aquarius”. At a press conference in Marseille, the NGO called on the public to gather across Europe on 6 October so that its ship – which currently has no flag after Panama withdrew it – can continue life-saving rescue operations off the Libyan coast.

Moroccan divers try to end litter crisis on country’s beaches

In Morocco’s Salé, a local NGO invites volunteer divers to clean up the seabed of the marina. Blessed with a coastline that stretches for hundreds of kilometres across flat sandy expanses and rugged coves, Morocco’s beaches should be a magnet – but a litter crisis risks repelling sun seekers, citizens say.