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The nomadic life of Mara & Raf

Benifallet, Spain
Easter had a Spanish-Polish-Ukrainian-French-British-German-South African flavour for us this year. We were in Spain and spent the Easter weekend with a group of twelve people, seven cats, one dog and two birds. Our good friends Anna and Remi, whom we have visited a few times before, also had some of their family members and guests from Ukraine staying with them, so it was at times a little crazy and chaotic but in the wonderful…
West Curry, Cornwall
Our short trip to Wales a few weeks ago was great, so we decided to do it all over again: Doing the glamorous kind of camping and going for long walks along the dramatic British coast. This time we went to Cornwall and Dorset, and we slept in yurts….
Even before Covid appeared, we had talked about exploring Britain a bit more instead of flying to faraway places this summer. But with all the uncertainty around lockdown rules and what is sensible in the face of the virus, planning holidays has been tricky. So we’re appreciating the ability…
It is early July and Covid-19 is still a reality in our lives and the world with nearly 12.7 million confirmed cases and more than 565,000 deaths globally. Strictly speaking we are not in a full lockdown here in London anymore. Since last week, most businesses and shops are open…
Since the Covid-19 lockdown started in Europe, rainbows have appeared everywhere, as paintings on windows or walls, as decorative ornaments on trees, as chalk drawings on streets or as stickers on rubbish bins. These rainbows are a way to express people’s gratitude for all the work done by frontline…
Data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds. There are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people around the world. About 41 million people are displaced within their own country, and called Internally Displaced Persons. This is a…
Bujumbura, Burundi
Please check out and enjoy this beautiful peace-building song, released ahead of the Burundi national elections next month. The song was written and recorded as a collaboration between Burundi community groups, The Salvation Army and Community Albums. It is part of a bigger peace building programme in the country…
London, UK
When I met Isaac in January 2006 on my first trip with the Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services (IES) to drought affected Kenya, little did I know that this was the beginning of a long-term friendship between humanitarian workers whose path would cross occasionally on joint humanitarian operations, conferences and…
London, UK
Covid-19 is here. On the day that we’re writing this, there are 665,000 confirmed cases globally, with 17,312 here in the UK. And we now know some people who are infected… A situation that started far away is definitely hitting home. For the past 2 weeks Mara has already…
London, UK
In the days before Covid-19 started to spread widely all across Europe we still had some carefree moments with friends, theater visits and little nieces sleeping over. It might be a while before we can enjoy these face-to-face encounters with friends and family again….
Bujumbura, Burundi
Amahoro means ‘peace’ in Kirundi, the language spoken in Burundi. Small and landlocked, Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, almost 75% of its population of 10.8 million live below the poverty line. It is also the second most densely populated country in Africa. Burundi’s economy is heavily…
Palu, Indonesia
Once every few years, our department facilitates a special training for our most experienced emergency responders; people who can lead one of our teams. The last one took place in Nepal in January 2017. This time it was held in Palu, Indonesia with 38 people (including our local hosts)…
Street art in London is vibrant, political, rebellious and loud. It is also incredibly skillful and the transience and evanescence of these pieces of art on walls only add to the beauty and power of the images. If you have never done a street art tour in London, I…