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From: St Osmunds
180 children are currently held in the prisons of Madagascar accused of stealing vanilla. They are often held in appalling conditions for years without a proper trial. Many children around the world suffer a similar fate. In Madagascar, selling vanilla is a trading policy, it sells for at least $150 in exporting markets . Stealing vanilla is a highly common crime there. It is a big business for the African island, an expensive commodity and people will try to get hold of it and sell it to make some more money for their often very poor families. Children are suffering a great deal in Madagascar just for stealing something as small as vanilla. The prison conditions there are abysmal. All these children have are concrete beds without mattresses and all are confined to tiny cells, cramped together. They are prisoners alongside 2000 other adults, many of whom have committed really big crimes and the prisons are only meant to hold 280 prisoners. Some haven't seen their mums in years because their families are very poor and can't travel to the prison. A BBC investigation dated 1st October 2019, found out that many of these children can spend more than 3 years in prison for that theft without even a trial. And when they go to trial, most of them don't even get a lawyer to defend them. In prison, they are miserable, dirty and only get one meal a day and no-one to care for them when they fall ill. Those are only some of the many children being held in prisons across the globe, children in Iraq are being punished because of things their parents did , Palestinian children have been captured and are being put into Iran's prisons for doing nothing more than protesting against grown up politics.  Innocent children everywhere are suffering in terrible conditions, they only have each other to rely on. According to the latest figures from Human Rights Watch and the UN's Child Fund, UNICEF, an estimated 1 million children are behind bars around the world today. In my eyes, it's  wrong to send children to jail at such young ages, in such poor living spaces. Human wrights groups are protesting against this but people in power just won't listen ! By Zandile Photo Cred : Getty Images
From: St Osmunds
Gina Miller is a MP (Member of Parliament ) who is under police protection for being threatened to death for speaking up against Boris Johnson and the way Brexit is being conducted.  But she has now won two major victories in court for standing up for what she felt was right and lawful. In September 2017 the Supreme Court ruled in favour of giving MPs a say over triggering Article 50 - the legal mechanism taking the UK out of the EU. A case Gina Miller had fought for. She was sent a lot of messages including many death threats. She has two children who go to school and now their school has also got police surveying the area in case those blackmailing her go after her children too. She persevered in standing up for what she felt was right and won a second time when the Supreme Court ruled that our Prime Minister's decision to suspend Parliament during a time of crisis was unlawful. Gina Miller is now getting a lot of positive press for standing up against the bullies and never giving up. Those who wrote the mails blackmailing her wouldn't be able to get to her without getting caught and having the police after them (if they actually meant it). A majority feels that all these threats are wrong and must be punished. In July 2017, Rhodi Philipps, a man who abused her online was arrested and jailed. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for using ''extreme racial abuse '' at Gina and offering huge amounts of money to someone who could hunt her down and assassinate her. In Gina Miller's memoirs she has written "As a child of the commonwealth, I had been brought up to believe Great Britain was a promised land, a culture where the law was embedded in the national fabric. '' After the ruling by the Supreme Court Mrs Miller told reporters the ruling showed the government "will push the law, they will push the constitution and they will even bend it to get their own way". She was named as Britains' most influential black person and is a real role model. by Eve Photo Credit : AFP
From: Barnes
Judith Kerr, the author and illustrator whose original story The Tiger Who Came to Tea introduced generations of pre-school children to reading and  enjoying books, has died at home at the age of 95. Her publisher said she'd had a short illness. Kerr, who dreamed up the tiger to amuse her two children, only started publishing in her 40s, and lived to see the book reach its millionth sale as she turned 94. Over a 50-year career she published more than 30 further books, immortalising a succession of family cats through the naughty but lovable Mog, and bringing to life her family’s flight across Europe as the Nazis came to power in the novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. 
From: Barnes
On the 3rd of May, it was Word Press Freedom Day. Around the world, hundreds of journalists are imprisoned for writing stories. The highest number is in Turkey. Zehra Doğan, a Kurdish journalist and painter, was taken to court and sentenced to be in prison for nearly three years for doing artwork of the Turkish military forces destroying Nusaybin,Turkey. Luckily, her story gained worldwide attention in 2018 after others drew a mural calling for her release. In jail, Zehra secretly published a newspaper and created materials to paint. Now released, she is determined to continue sharing stories and drawing pictures. Doğan is an artist and journalist from Diyarbakir, Turkey. She is the founder and editor of Jinha, a unique Kurdish news site with a female-only staff. In a now deleted tweet, Doğan wrote, “I was given two years and 10 months in prison only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, the Turkish government caused this. I only painted it.” She also wrote,“This painting was worth my time in prison because I managed to show the reality of  Nusaybin.” Since her release, lots of twitter users have shown their friendship accompanied by hashtags like #TurkeyCrackdown, #TerroristTurkey, and #FreeTurkeyMedia.