• 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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • That’s rich! Starbucks paying staff 25p an hour in new Indian cafes

    That’s rich! Starbucks paying staff 25p an hour in new Indian cafes0

    Tax row coffee chain pays ‘poverty wages’ despite making £222 million profit in three months Gethin Chamberlain, in Mumbai, for The Sunday Mirror, 10 November 2012 TAX row coffee chain Starbucks is paying workers just 25p an hour at its newly-opened stores in India. The pittance falls far below the country’s official living wage and

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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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  • Blair’s case for taking us to war was built on sand – and now it’s shifting

    Blair’s case for taking us to war was built on sand – and now it’s shifting0

    Is the prime minister the last person to believe the intelligence on WMDs? Gethin Chamberlain for The Scotsman, 31 January 2004 FIRST there were weapons of mass destruction that could be launched within 45 minutes, posing a threat to mainland Europe. But they became battlefield WMDs which could threaten only troops attacking Iraq. In time,

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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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  • Baptism of fire in the streets of Az Zubayr

    Baptism of fire in the streets of Az Zubayr0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Scotsman, 9 March 2004 “SARGE! Sarge!” The tugging on Sgt Euan McGilp’s arm was insistent. “Sarge! Sarge!” McGilp, ducking to avoid the bullets zipping overhead and attempting to keep his head below the level of his Warrior, ignored the hand grasping the fabric of his sleeve. “Sarge! Sarge!” Scott Henderson’s voice

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rebuilding an Iraqi force for law and order amid the chaos

    Rebuilding an Iraqi force for law and order amid the chaos0

    • IRAQ
    • September 10, 2004

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Baghdad, for The Scotsman, 10 September 2004 THE blast of the twin explosions sends shock waves rolling across the dusty patch of land on the edge of Baghdad. Smoke obscures the armed men who have just jumped from two land cruisers and rushed up to the building to set the charges against

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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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  • Hope dies for Africa’s lost generation

    Hope dies for Africa’s lost generation0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Kapiri Mooshi, Zambia, for The Scotsman, 1 December 2003 CAROL Singwoma is weaving her way through the crowd, the eyes of the men on her dirty white knitted turtle-neck top and the little skirt covering her thin legs. Her skin is a deep black, her eyes big and open, her features attractive,

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Revealed, how American tyre giant Firestone forces families of dead Ebola victims to leave their homes on Liberian plantation

    EXCLUSIVE: Revealed, how American tyre giant Firestone forces families of dead Ebola victims to leave their homes on Liberian plantation0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Monrovia, for MailOnline, 21 November 2014 Tyre giant Firestone has ordered the children of workers who died from Ebola to leave their homes on its plantation in Liberia. The company – part of the Bridgestone group which last week announced sales for the first nine months of the year totalling £14.5 billion

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How can Lidl sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them

    How can Lidl sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 12 March 2016. Abracadabra! “Jean genie Lidl magics up £5.99 denims,” shouted the headline in a newspaper last weekend as it extolled the brilliance of the cut-price supermarket chain in once again undercutting its rivals. The German retailer, it explained, was continuing its assault on the traditional supermarket giants by targeting the

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Death at a checkpoint

    Death at a checkpoint0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Baghdad, for The Scotsman, 17 September 2004.  HIS name was Ahmed Hameed and he was 36 years old. He had taken the wrong turning up to the checkpoint on the July 14 Bridge which spans the Tigris on the south-eastern edge of what used to be known in Baghdad as the Green

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  • Resistance crumbles as British troops make a decisive push

    Resistance crumbles as British troops make a decisive push0

    Iraqis point out fedayeen hiding spots to British troops Gethin Chamberlain, in Basra, for The Scotsman, 7 April 2003 THE Iraqis were hiding in a bunker at the side of the road when the tanks first spotted them. There were four of them, waiting at a crossroads in the Al Hadi area of Basra, slotting

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The beating heart of Mumbai

    The beating heart of Mumbai0

    It is the biggest slum in Asia, home to more than a million people. It’s also the setting of Danny Boyle’s vibrant new film. But what’s it really like in Dharavi? Eight boys talk about life as slumdog millionaires Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer Magazine, 21 December 2008 Amid a narrow warren of side streets

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • They poured out of their Warriors and let fly with grenades, guns, everything

    They poured out of their Warriors and let fly with grenades, guns, everything0

    Gethin Chamberlain of The Scotsman with the Black Watch, Iraq, 26 March 2003 JUST after dawn yesterday the Warrior crashed through the wall of the house tucked away down a side road in the Iraqi town of Al Zubayr, west of Basra. The first inkling those sleeping inside had that anything was wrong was when it

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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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  • 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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