• ‘We want to work in Hollywood- but God still hasn’t fulfilled our dreams’

    ‘We want to work in Hollywood- but God still hasn’t fulfilled our dreams’0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Bombay for Grazia, 21 September 2009   IT is raining, the water dripping from roofs of tin and plastic into the pale grey ooze of the drain running down the narrow lane between the shanties that make up Bombay’s Garib Nagar slum. Rubina Ali, Slumdog Millionaire starlet and precocious 10-year-old, is skipping from

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  • South Sudan

    South Sudan0

    South Sudan became the world’s newest country in 2011 but within two years fighting had broken out between Dinka loyal to President Salva Kiir and members of the Nuer tribe, supporting former vice-president Riek Machar. A combination of violence and drought devastated last year’s harvests, creating food shortages that have left 100,000 people facing famine

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  • 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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  • ‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help

    ‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help0

    Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil’s rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as ‘genocide’ Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 22 April 2012 Trundling along

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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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  • Damage caused during theft is no stain on the value of The Scream

    Damage caused during theft is no stain on the value of The Scream0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Oslo, for The Sunday Telegraph, 6 April 2008 First, the bad news: Edvard Munch’s most famous painting, The Scream, is damaged beyond repair. Four years after it was stolen in an armed raid on an Oslo museum, and two years after Norwegian police found it, scratched and water-damaged, conservators have told The Sunday Telegraph there is

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  • Turkey’s ‘creeping Islamisation’ divides nation

    Turkey’s ‘creeping Islamisation’ divides nation0

    By Gethin Chamberlain in Alanya, for the Sunday Telegraph, 15 July 2007 It could have been a scene from any beach in Turkey: a cluster of young women reclining on sun-loungers, soaking up the midday rays, thumbing through novels and smoking cigarettes, while fellow holidaymakers splashed in the sea. Yet there was not an inch

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  • 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, for 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.

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  • One family’s anguish amid India’s child abduction epidemic

    One family’s anguish amid India’s child abduction epidemic0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The National, 5 July 2011 It happens all of a sudden. One moment Anil Lakhotia is talking, the next his face is buried in his hands and his shoulders are shaking. Life goes on around him in a small cafe down a side street in the city across the river from Kolkata:

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  • 2,200 casualties: the true cost of the war in Iraq

    2,200 casualties: the true cost of the war in Iraq0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The Scotsman,  24 April 2004 THE true scale of British casualties in Iraq is revealed today after the Ministry of Defence confirmed that more than 2,200 injured British military personnel have been flown home from the Gulf since the start of the campaign. With the security situation in Iraq deteriorating, The Scotsman has

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  • Suicide and suffering grip Europe’s nation of orphans

    Suicide and suffering grip Europe’s nation of orphans0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Iasi, Romania, for The Sunday Telegraph, 25 March 2007 THE HEADMASTER glanced around the classroom. “Hands up, those of you with parents who are working abroad,” he told them. A forest of arms shot up; out of a class of 21 pupils at the school in Liteni in northern Romania, only three children

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  • Firepower and fear rule on the road to Basra

    Firepower and fear rule on the road to Basra0

    Iraq’s south, once safe, is now fraught with peril for troops Gethin Chamberlain, in Basra, for The Scotsman, 20 April 2004. “ALI Baba,” said the man standing at the checkpoint, drawing his finger across his throat and gesturing to the road ahead. “Ali Baba,” he said, his arms stretched out towards the soldiers imploringly. In Iraq,

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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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  • A nation adrift

    A nation adrift0

    The National, 19 September 2010 The floods that continue to submerge swathes of Pakistan have marooned hundreds of thousands of people on small islands of high ground. Gethin Chamberlain accompanies a rescue mission in Sindh province. THERE is a small boy, standing up to his waist in the flood water, staring at the boats that have pulled

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  • Human safaris may be banned, but still tourists flock to Andaman Islands

    Human safaris may be banned, but still tourists flock to Andaman Islands0

    Eight months after the Observer revealed the shocking story of how tourists were paying to gawp at reclusive tribe, Gethin Chamberlain returns to find the practice still goes on “Jarawa!” The cry goes up from the front of the bus and, in an instant, the tourists are on their feet, craning their necks to see

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  • Orangutans fight for survival as thirst for palm oil devastates rainforests

    Orangutans fight for survival as thirst for palm oil devastates rainforests0

    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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  • 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 tea pickers sold into slavery

    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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  • Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

    Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides0

    As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 26 November 2017 It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up

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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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  • Iraq and ruin

    Iraq and ruin0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Scotsman, 18 March 2006 IT IS 9 APRIL, 2003. Muhannad Hussam is at home in Baghdad, watching television as the 20ft statue of Saddam in Ferdoos Square is hauled down by ordinary Iraqis. About 3,000 miles away in Aberdeen, Walter and Diane Douglas are also watching TV, hoping that this event signals the

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  • Love is a battlefield

    Love is a battlefield0

    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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  • Murdered Polish nurse came to the UK looking for a better life

    Murdered Polish nurse came to the UK looking for a better life0

    By Gethin Chamberlain in Brzeg, Poland, for The Sunday Telegraph, 7 October 2007 It was in the little notes she wrote home to her family in Poland that Magda Pniewska revealed the silent anguish behind the smiling face of a young woman who had travelled to Britain in search of a better life. “I wish

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  • Her father wielded ‘the simple sword of truth’. But Alexandra Aitken prefers the spear of a Sikh warrior… and a bag of bananas

    Her father wielded ‘the simple sword of truth’. But Alexandra Aitken prefers the spear of a Sikh warrior… and a bag of bananas0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Anandpur Sahib, India, for The Mail on Sunday, 25 August 2012 With a spear clutched in one hand, a bag of bananas in the other and iPod headphones tucked beneath a white and purple turban, Alexandra Aitken cuts a striking figure as she strides along an Indian country road. The look – completed

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  • ‘The blast left the soldier on his back, staring at the mess of his leg’

    ‘The blast left the soldier on his back, staring at the mess of his leg’0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for The Sunday Telegraph, 24 December 2006. STRUGGLING TO sit up, Frederic Couture surveyed his torn trouser leg and the bloodied strips of flesh which were all that remained of his foot. A landmine had exploded, blowing the rest of it away. “I’m 21-years-old and I’ve lost my foot,” he cried.

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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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  • 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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  • They wait, clutching cards they hope will be their bus ticket to escape from this terrible place

    They wait, clutching cards they hope will be their bus ticket to escape from this terrible place0

    Gethin Chamberlain, on the Darfur border, for The Scotsman, 26 June 2004 THERE is a small boy, no more than six years old, clutching a rolled-up rug whose length is three times the height of his body. His arms are wrapped around the rug, the end of which sways backwards and forwards as he tries

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  • Inside the Indian factory where workers churn out £200 handbags sported by Pippa Middleton for just 17p an hour

    Inside the Indian factory where workers churn out £200 handbags sported by Pippa Middleton for just 17p an hour0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Chennai, for The Mail on Sunday, 19 January 2013 IT is marketed as the very best of British, a handbag that has become the season’s must-have accessory after capturing the heart of Pippa Middleton. But what Modalu London’s thousands of admirers may not realise is that their favourite brand has hired a

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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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  • Child victims of the battle to end a bloody civil war

    Child victims of the battle to end a bloody civil war0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Special report for The Guardian, 25 May, 2009 Lying howling on a torn mattress, in a cot by a window overlooking the Sri Lankan ­capital, Colombo, the wounded toddler was a pitiful sight. A female relative fretted, trying to calm the girl down as the medics worked around her.

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  • Convert or die, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians

    Convert or die, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians0

    As a fresh wave of sectarian violence is unleashed across the Indian state of Orissa, Gethin Chamberlain talks to homeless survivors in Kandhamal district who were forced to abandon their religion Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 19 October 2008 HUNDREDS of Christians in the Indian state of Orissa have been forced to renounce their religion

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  • Home thoughts that hurt as the black snow falls

    Home thoughts that hurt as the black snow falls0

    Gethin Chamberlain of The Scotsman, with the Black Watch on the outskirts of Basra, Iraq. For the BBC, 31 March 2003 When the soldiers awoke it was everywhere; the oily cinders coating every surface, falling like tiny flakes of black snow.On their sleeping bags, on their skin, in their hair, breathing it in, impossible to brush

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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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  • 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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  • Burning Issue

    Burning Issue0

    Despite years of robust economic growth, famine, insurgency and greed have pushed millions of people in India to the brink of starvation, especially in Jharkhand where famished children are ‘cured’ by branding Gethin Chamberlain in Mirgitand, India, for the South China Morning Post, 27 June 2010 The poker is glowing red hot, flames from a

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  • Colonel dons a tam-o’-shanter and leads his troops on a friendly foray into town The Black Watch’s commanding officer shuns armour to find out the views of Iraqis on the streets of Zubayr.

    Colonel dons a tam-o’-shanter and leads his troops on a friendly foray into town The Black Watch’s commanding officer shuns armour to find out the views of Iraqis on the streets of Zubayr.0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Iraq, for The Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2003. TAM-o’-shanter perched atop his head, pistol secured in its holster on his belt, steel-rimmed glasses pushed back on to the bridge of his nose, Lt Col Mike Riddell-Webster, commanding officer of the Black Watch, is striding ahead through the crowded market place in the centre

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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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  • Olympic brands caught up in abuse scandal

    Olympic brands caught up in abuse scandal0

    While Adidas, Nike and Puma make millions out of the Games, their employees are claiming exploitation Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 3 March 2012 Workers producing sportswear for Olympic sponsors Adidas, Nike and Puma are beaten, verbally abused, underpaid and overworked in Bangladeshi sweatshops, a shocking investigation has discovered. Workers for all three companies had been

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  • “Every one of these children is a ticking Ebola time bomb”

    “Every one of these children is a ticking Ebola time bomb”0

    Gethin Chamberlain for MailOnline, 12 November 2014 Three-year-old Emmanuel Thompson appears first, peering through the doorway of the house in the Clara Town slum. Then tiny Mercy McGill, trots out, and soon there are 10 children running around, shrieking, laughing, looking incredibly cute… and potentially carrying deadly Ebola. For every one of these children has

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  • “How could this happen in Britain?”

    “How could this happen in Britain?”0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Pune, for The Sunday Mirror, 1 January 2012 NEHAL Sonawane sits on the bed of the neat little middle class house in the Indian city of Pune, waiting anxiously for news from England of investigation into the racist murder of her little brother Anuj. Her husband Rakesh is talking urgently into the

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  • Assam’s modern slaves: the real price of a cup of Tetley tea

    Assam’s modern slaves: the real price of a cup of Tetley tea0

    Poverty pay on tea estates in Assam fuels a modern slave trade ensnaring thousands of young girls. A Guardian/Observer investigation follows the slave route from an estate owned by a consortium, including the owners of the best-selling Tetley brand, through to the homes of Delhi’s booming middle classes, exposing the reality of the 21st-century slave

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  • Family’s tragic tale is a reality for millions as South Sudan is gripped by famine and civil war

    Family’s tragic tale is a reality for millions as South Sudan is gripped by famine and civil war0

    The Sunday People travels to the heart of the stricken country with British charity Plan International UK and meets Chagai and her family who, like many others, face starvation Gethin Chamberlain, for The Sunday People, 24 June 2017 Baby Nyandiar’s eyes are full of hope but it is clear, even at first glance, that she

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  • Gordon Brown weds today

    Gordon Brown weds today0

    Record reveals the best kept secret since the budget   Exclusive David Thompson And Gethin Chamberlain, The Daily Record, 3 August 2000 CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown will today end his long bachelor years and wed long -time girlfriend Sarah Macaulay. The man who has made prudence his by-word has finally decided to throw caution to the

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  • Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal

    Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal0

    Indian workers are paid just 25p an hour and forced to work overtime in factories used by some of Britain’s best-known high street stores Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 8 August 2010 Some of the biggest names on the British high street are at the centre of a major sweatshop scandal. An Observer investigation has

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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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  • The Human Safari

    The Human Safari0

    Jarawa people at risk from disease, predatory sex and exploitation as tourist convoys crowd the road through their jungle Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 7 January 2012 “Dance,” the policeman instructed. The girls in front of him, naked from the waist up, obeyed. A tourist’s camera panned round to another young woman, also naked and

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  • ‘He turned to the helicopter and sank to his knees, then I hit him with my rockets’

    ‘He turned to the helicopter and sank to his knees, then I hit him with my rockets’0

    US aircrews describe how, under new orders, they show no mercy to suspected Taliban fighters on the ground in Afghanistan Gethin Chamberlain, in Kandahar, for The Sunday Telegraph, 29 April 2007 Caught in the middle of the Helmand river, the fleeing Taliban were paddling their boat back to shore for dear life. Smoke from the

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