Somaly Mam runs shelters for the victims of Cambodia’s sex trade.  Sold into prostitution as a child herself and having suffered terrible ordeals, Somaly is determined to build something positive out of so much despair.  Marianne Pearl met her.

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Kenny Random is an Italian street artist who creates delightful silhouettes inside the city walls who are apparently enjoying their urban surroundings.

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When Michelle Feldstein agreed to take a blind horse into her animal shelter she wasn’t prepared for the five goats and five sheep that came with her as a ‘guide dog’ entourage.

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At the age of 16, Laura Dekker has already fulfilled her childhood dream of sailing solo around the world. Not only did she battle with storms, sharks, isolation and the threat of pirates during her 500 day voyage; she also had to fight a legal battle with Dutch social services in the 2 years before, who said she was too young for such a trip.


In 1975 José Antonio Abreu set up a music class for street kids in a Caracas car park.  The first day there were 11 children. The next day there were 25. The day after that, 75 kids showed up.

One teenager, who had been arrested nine times for armed robbery, says he was astonished to be given a clarinet. ‘I thought they were joking. Who’d trust a kid like me not to steal something like that?’


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Zero is an upsetting short film about prejudice from award-winning filmmaker, Christopher Kezelos.

Zero lives in a world that judges people (well actually, balls-of-wool) by their number. Zero faces constant persecution but his life is transformed when he meets a female zero. As the film blurb says, ‘Together they prove that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something’.

Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer is 103 and still working!  A living legend, he is recognized as one of the great architects of the 20th century, famous for his public buildings in Brasilia as well as many other monuments around the world.

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