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RedCross Newsthink! The Beijing Olympics,a Parachuting Archbishop, Teenage Stabbings and Peacekeeping Abuses

Posted by LibeRaCe on June 2, 2008

News think! brings you a look at the stories behind recent headlines. Use them as “thought for the day”, to trigger tutor time discussion, or to plan more developed citizenship projects.

Issue 30th May 2008

A guidebook for volunteers at the Beijing Olympics has been criticised for its section on helping paralympic athletes and disabled spectators.A campaigner at the UK Disabled People’s Council told the Times newspaper he was “stunned” at the perception that disabled people are a race apart.

– The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is preparing to jump from an aeroplane to raise money for charity. The cleric hopes his first parachute jump will raise £50,000 for the Afghanistan Trust, a charity that supports the families of paratroopers who have been killed or injured while serving in Afghanistan.

– The death of actor Robert Knox brought to 14 the number of teenagers who have died violently in London this year. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said parents should be clear with them that carrying a knife outside the home is likely to lead to really serious trouble and tragedy.

– Children abused by peacekeepers and aid workers in emergencies around the world often feel unable to report what happened according to a UK-based charity, Save the Children.  Its researchers say children and their families are not speaking out because of a mix of stigma, fear, ignorance and powerlessness.



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