Altair Guimarães

What Do Refugees Want From The International Community?

The Thomson Reuters Foundation visited a makeshift camp in Idomeni, Greece on the border with Macedonia, to speak with refugees and migrants. They asked refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq what they would like to say to the international community. Their messages of gratitude mix with feelings of frustration and wishes for peace.

Razan, a young Syrian refugee, explains her stick-figure drawing of the treaty between Europe and Turkey. "Turkey says go to Europe and Europe says go back."

Iqbal from Afghanistan pleads, "Please stop providing them weapons. Please stop providing them money."

The video was filmed on the same week that governments, aid organizations, and United Nations agencies met in Istanbul to develop a better response to humanitarian crises and disasters.


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Taboo Health Issues

Many communities around the world see disease and mental illness not as something to be treated, but as something to be feared. As a result, many suffering from curable conditions are stigmatized within their communities. But through education and organizing, some people are challenging these stigmas and addressing previously taboo health issues.

Green at What Price?

In the name of environmental restoration, the Ugandan government is expanding the country’s forest reserves in order to sell into the global carbon credit market. But this program comes at a high human cost as the state is displacing long established villages, forcing people to relocate, and jailing those opposing the program.

One Man, One City, Three Evictions

Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.

Women's Work

Women from all over the world are trailblazing through gender barriers in difficult and often dangerous environments. They are defying cultural norms and finding ways to pursue their dreams and change their future. The women featured in this episode are giving a new meaning to the term “women’s work.”

Colombia’s Ghosts of War

The 52-year Colombian civil war is not ending without leaving deep scars. As rebels hand over weapons, an entire generation of Colombians are emerging from the conflict to rebuild their nation. While some are struggling more than others, many citizens are rolling up their sleeves to clear out the ghosts of war.