• India prays for rain as water wars break out

    India prays for rain as water wars break out0

    The monsoon is late, the wells are running dry and in the teeming city of Bhopal, water supply is now a deadly issue. Gethin Chamberlain reports The Observer, 12 July 2009 It was a little after 8pm when the water started flowing through the pipe running beneath the dirt streets of Bhopal’s Sanjay Nagar slum. After days

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  • Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame

    Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame0

    Over the past 20 years in India, 10 million female babies have been aborted. The pressure to have sons is terrifying – mothers who bear daughters are beaten or cast aside by husbands and in-laws desperate to escape the financial burden of a girl’s dowry. Now mothers are being urged to ‘save the girl child’

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  • Jordan’s perfume bottled by workers paid £2.05 per day

    Jordan’s perfume bottled by workers paid £2.05 per day0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Mumbai, for The Observer, 13 June 2010 Workers at a factory in India have been paid just 26p an hour to make perfume bottles for England World Cup sponsor Umbro and the glamour model Katie Price, better known as Jordan. An Observer investigation found that the 7,000 employees at the factory in Gujarat

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  • Bonfire of Britain’s Foreign Aid Billions

    Bonfire of Britain’s Foreign Aid Billions0

    Swanky new aid offices in India costing £442,000 are just one example of the disturbing way British taxpayers’ money is wasted  Gethin Chamberlain for Mail on Sunday, 12 April 2015 Set inside the walls of the High Commission compound in the smartest part of New Delhi, Britain’s aid offices are an oasis of calm amid

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  • Scam-dog millionaires

    Scam-dog millionaires0

    Crooks pocket Indian aid as UK faces £66bn cuts Exclusive: Gethin Chamberlain MILLIONS of pounds of taxpayers’ money sent to India to educate poor children is falling into the pockets of crooked officials in the country. A News of the World investigation has uncovered corruption on an incredible scale after our Government poured in £340MILLION

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  • Building rights

    Building rights0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Kolkata, for The National, 31 August 2009 THE pregnancy came all too easily. Monica was 13, and the man in question was her overseer at the brick kiln where she worked about 40km north of the booming Indian mega-city of Kolkata. More than twice her age and married with two children of his

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  • Vedanta versus the villagers: the fight for the sacred mountain

    Vedanta versus the villagers: the fight for the sacred mountain0

    Tribes say plans by UK-listed mining firm Vedanta to mine on holy land will destroy their way of life Gethin Chamberlain in Niyamgiri, India, for The Guardian, 12 October 2009 The ash spills out across the plain beneath the brooding bulk of Niyamgiri mountain, swamping the trees that once grew here, forming dirty grey-brown drifts around

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  • Last days of the tiger?

    Last days of the tiger?0

    Gethin Chamberlain for the South China Morning Post , 21 February 2011 WHEN he found the bull the tiger had killed, Mangya Moghiya set to work quickly. The wily old poacher knew the tiger would be back soon, and he wished to stack the odds in his favour. He began digging a series of holes and

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  • The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the West’s Christmas toys

    The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the West’s Christmas toys0

    Investigation exposes low wages, hazardous chemicals and overtime beyond legal limits Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 4 December 2016 Xiao Fang thinks she’s one of the luckier workers making Barbie dolls for the Christmas market at the Mattel toy factory in Chang’an. True, she says, she works 11-hour days, six days a week, and shares

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  • How high street clothes were made by children in Myanmar for 13p an hour

    How high street clothes were made by children in Myanmar for 13p an hour0

    Children of 14 were working a six-day week Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 5 February 2017 Children as young as 14 have been employed to make clothes for some of the most popular names on the UK high street, according to a new report. New Look, Sports Direct’s Lonsdale brand and H&M have all used

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  • How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery

    How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery0

    Millions of Brits drink a cup of Assam tea each day, but it comes at a terrible price. Plantation workers on 12p an hour are easy prey for traffickers who lure away their daughters to India’s cities. Now pressure is growing on big tea brands to safeguard better pay Gethin Chamberlain in Assam, for The

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  • The Slumdog Footman: The incredible journey that took a poor boy from a Calcutta orphanage to a starring role at Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of Prince George

    The Slumdog Footman: The incredible journey that took a poor boy from a Calcutta orphanage to a starring role at Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of Prince George0

    Badar Azim, 25, came to the UK thanks to an orphanage scholarship He found himself taking a lead role in announcing Prince George’s birth His family of nine live in just two rooms back in India Gethin Chamberlain, for The Mail on Sunday, in Calcutta, 27 July 2013 He began life in a slum apartment

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  • Two million slum children die every year as India booms

    Two million slum children die every year as India booms0

    India’s growing status as an economic superpower is masking a failure to stem a shocking rate of infant deaths among its poorest people. Gethin Chamberlain in Delhi, for The Observer, 4 October 2009 Nearly two million children under five die every year in India – one every 15 seconds – the highest number anywhere in the world.

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  • The five-year race to save India’s vanishing tigers

    The five-year race to save India’s vanishing tigers0

    With some conservationists claiming only 800 tigers still live in the wild, radical steps are needed if the species isn’t to disappear from India within five years by Gethin Chamberlain in Ranthambhore, India, for The Observer, 7 March 2010 The poachers perch on the rough platforms they have built in the trees about 15 feet

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  • Andaman human safaris

    Andaman human safaris0

    In January 2012 India was scandalised when the Observer exposed the practice of human safaris in the Andaman Islands with the publication of this video, showing members of the threatened Jarawa tribe being coaxed into dancing in return for food. The video accompanied an investigation in The Observer into the running of human safaris on the

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  • Tea’s maids: the tea pickers sold into slavery

    Tea’s maids: the tea pickers sold into slavery0

    GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN for The Observer Magazine Sunday 2 March 2014 A car, speeding through the crowded streets of Delhi. Inside, a phone is ringing. The voice on the line is that of a ghost, a girl who vanished into thin air three years ago. Somila was 16 when the traffickers lured her from the poverty of

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  • Burning Bright

    Burning Bright0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Deulbari, Sundarbans, for The National, 27 October 2008 SWAPAN Haldar had no inkling the tiger was there until it pounced, clamping its jaws around his head and dragging him backwards into the thick mangrove forest. It was the last time anyone saw him alive. Haldar, 35, had set off the day before to fish

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  • Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims

    Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 27 August 2011 DISNEY’S best-selling Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labour and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation. One worker reportedly killed herself after being repeatedly shouted at by bosses. Others cited

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  • Orangutans fight for survival as rainforest burns

    Orangutans fight for survival as rainforest burns0

    Palm oil plantations are destroying the Sumatran apes’ habitat, leaving just 200 of the animals struggling for existence Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 15 December 2013 Even in the first light of dawn in the Tripa swamp forest of Sumatra it is clear that something is terribly wrong. Where there should be lush foliage stretching away

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  • Workers who are making Katy Perry eyelashes for 8p a pair

    Workers who are making Katy Perry eyelashes for 8p a pair0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The Sun on Sunday, 20 October 2013 THEY are this year’s must-have fashion accessory, but an investigation by The Sun on Sunday has lifted the lid on the false eyelash business – where women in Indonesia work for as little as 20P A DAY. The lashes are manufactured for Western companies then

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  • Were Kate’s favourite dresses made in 6p an hour sweatshop?

    Were Kate’s favourite dresses made in 6p an hour sweatshop?0

    Bangladeshi workers claim they are slaves to make dresses for brand favoured by Kate and Pippa Middleton Gethin Chamberlain, for The Sunday People, 17 July 2011 THE harrowing human cost of clothes that workers claim are made for one of Kate Middleton’s favourite high street shops is today exposed by The People. In an investigation

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  • Monsoon’s internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers

    Monsoon’s internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers0

    Monsoon, the fashion retailer, proclaims its fair trade values, but its internal audits reveal concern at suppliers’ failures to meet minimum ethical standards in India and China Gethin Chamberlain, in Delhi, for The Observer Monsoon, the fashion chain that pioneered ethical shopping, has used suppliers in India who employ child labour and pay workers below the

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  • The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back

    The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Lucknow, India, for The National, 6 April 2013 THE young women stride out along the dusty street that cuts through the Madiyav slum. Their bright red uniforms glow in the late afternoon sun and there is no mistaking their air of confidence. Since the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student

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  • India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery

    India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery0

    Up to 200,000 children a year fall into the hands of slave traders in India, many sold by their poverty-stricken parents for as little as £11. Now a group of activists has set out to rescue them from a life in the sweatshops of Delhi Gethin Chamberlain in Katihar, India, for The Observer, 5 August

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  • Five years on we’re still slumdogs who dream of being millionaires

    Five years on we’re still slumdogs who dream of being millionaires0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Mumbai, for The Sun on Sunday, 20 April 2014 THEY are the slum kids who were going to set Hollywood alight – the stars of Oscars sensation Slumdog Millionaire, plucked from the gutter to become overnight stars. As the film became a global hit, Rubina Ali and Azhar Ismail were convinced a life

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  • Russell Brand’s trendy tops made in Bangladesh

    Russell Brand’s trendy tops made in Bangladesh0

    Gethin Chamberlain for the Daily Mail with Lucy Osborne and Ian Drury, 5 June 2015 Millionaire comic sells £60 sweatshirts from workers earning just 25p an hour Comic claims sweatshirts are ‘screen printed and produced in the UK’ In fact label stitched into lining reveals they are made in Bangladesh Factory staff described working 11-hour shifts

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  • Love is a battlefield: fighting back against honour killings.

    Love is a battlefield: fighting back against honour killings.0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The National, 29 October 2010 Aarti is stumbling across the fields, tears streaming down her face. Every now and again, she turns to look back over her shoulder, terrified that she is being followed. The man had shown her a gun, threatened her. She knew if they caught her that her life

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