Cosima Lumley

Child Witch-Branding and the Rise of Pentecostalism Across Nigeria

Witch-hunting may be considered a barbaric historical practice in the West but in Africa, it is a very real and very dangerous phenomenon which is increasing with the rise of Pentecostalism. Thousands of children every day are being branded witches and consequently tortured into confessing non-existent crimes, forced to undergo […]

Dam Collapses In Brazil Leaving Hundreds Missing And Over 80 Dead

On Friday, the Brumadinho dam in Brazil collapsed, unleashing 12 million cubic metres of mud and killing at least 84 people in the area, with 272 still missing, according to Al Jazeera’s figures. Firefighters and rescuers are still recovering bodies from the mudslide, but, over 72 hours after the disaster, […]

President Nicolas Maduro Breaks Venezuela’s Diplomatic And Political Relations With The United States

Tensions in Venezuela reached an all-time-high on Wednesday after the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself interim president to tens of thousands of protestors on the streets of Caracas, and was promptly recognized as the head of state by President Trump among other world leaders. In response to this, President […]

Syrian Refugee Camps In Lebanon Devastated by Storms

Living conditions for Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon have plummeted in the aftermath of a storm which resulted in widespread flooding and the destruction of hundreds of makeshift camps. Storm Norma, which has affected over 22,000 refugees according to the UN, hit Lebanon’s eastern and northern region last week, […]

Myanmar Authorities Seize Boat Carrying Rohingya Refugees

On Sunday 25th November, 93 Rohingya refugees were seized by Myanmar authorities as they attempted to flee to Malaysia by boat. The refugees fled from one of the many displacement camps, Thae Chaung, in the Rhakine capital, Sittwe, as an official has revealed to Reuters. Each individual paid 500,000 kyats […]