Belle Davenport


About Belle Davenport

I am an Education and Development Studies student at Massey University New Zealand

Ebola Survivors Sue Sierra Leone Government Due To Misappropriation Of Funds

Three years after the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, two survivors are suing the government regarding the misappropriation of donated funds. This will be the first international court case, of what may be many, investigating what happened to millions of dollars that were siphoned from the funds […]


Yemen: 1,000 Days Into A Brutal War That Has No End In Sight

More than 1,000 days have passed since Yemen entered into a vicious civil war killing more than 10,000 people and wounding some 42,500. The conflict underscores the regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia and additionally, Yemen is now more unstable than ever. The conflict is being fought by rebels […]


Immense Suffering Endured By Children Living In Conflict Zones In 2017

In December, Unicef published a report highlighting the immense suffering that children living in conflict zones endured in 2017. Despite the existence of international laws and treaties, such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Geneva Convention, Unicef reports that child suffering as a […]


Does The General Assembly Rejection Of Trump’s Jerusalem Move Signal The End Of US Dominance?

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that was co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen, condemning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the emergency session, 128 countries voted in favour of the non-binding resolution, 9 voted against the resolution and 35 abstained from the vote. […]


Cultural And Legal Shifts In India’s Fight Against Sexual Violence Towards Women

After yet another sexual assault on a female in India, this time the brutal rape and murder of a six year old girl, we have to ask, what is being done to protect women in India who are simply trying to live their lives? The unnamed girl’s body was found […]


UN Peacekeepers Attacked And Killed In Democratic Republic Of The Congo

In a horrific attack that is being called the “worst attack in recent history” by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, at least 14 UN peacekeepers and 5 Congolese air force members were killed this week in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A further 53 UN […]


Modern Day Slavery In Libya

The United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration, has reported this week that horrific modern-day slavery is taking place in Libya. Libya is the main transit hub for refugees and migrants who are attempting to make the dangerous crossing from Africa to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. The […]


Temporary Protection Status For Haitians In U.S Ending

President Donald Trump’s Administration announced on Monday that it is ending the Temporary Protected Status of the nearly 60,000 Haitians who are now living in the United States. Following the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010 that killed 316,000 people and displaced more than 1.5 million, the United States extended […]


Yemeni Refugees Choosing To Return In The Midst Of Wartime Chaos

Yemen has been devastated for over two years by war between the government of President Abdrabbuh Manour Hadi and those allied within the Houthi rebel movement. Over that time, more than 35,000 Yemenis have escaped across the Gulf of Aden and fled to Djibouti in attempt to reach security and […]


Human Rights Abuses At Australian Detention Centres

In recent weeks there has been a lot of media conversation regarding the closure of Australia’s offshore detention facility on Manus Island.  It was closed on the 2nd of November after the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ruled that it was unconstitutional for it to be in operation. Various […]