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Slavery can often seem like an issue far removed from modern-day consciousness. But, of course, it’s a very real, very contemporary problem for millions of people around the world. Even when we do acknowledge it, it’s still too often thought of as only being an issue ‘far overseas’, but as recent headlines documenting the scale of slavery in the UK today show, this isn’t something that we can or should ignore, wherever it occurs.
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Stories of the horrific mental, physical and sexual abuse inflicted on entire families, depressingly often on young females, by people motivated only by short-term greed, rightly shock and appal and as a parent it’s hard to countenance the notion of similar happening to your own child. Which is why the heroic actions taken by activists such as Veeru Kohli and Ghulam Hyder (page 48) are to be applauded at the same time as news of initiatives such as the Modern Slavery Bill by the UK government should be scrutinised to ensure such measures go far enough towards ending this blight on humanity.
Away from such horrors, and we’re ushering in some small measure of change this month with a new-look Worldwatch (page 6). Stopping short of a complete magazine redesign, it was felt that time for a more informative look at the world we inhabit and through stunning imagery and insightful reportage, we hope to achieve just that.
Geographical Breaking bonds On the cover: Volcanic smoke rises and ash spews into the air from Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in c o n t r i b u t o r s
We also saw the launch of our new website (www.geographical.co.uk) this month. The aim is to offer a fresh look at the world of geography, with up-to-minute news, original in-depth content, plus plenty of content from the magazine itself. Please do let us know what you make of both the magazine and site.
Finally this month, be sure to drop by stand F30 at the Adventure Travel show at London’s Olympia (see opposite page for details) and say hello to the team.
Daniel Allen had never visited the Tarcu Mountain region of Romainia before (page 42) and found the local people incredibly hospitable. Arriving on the day of a festival, he joined the celebrations which involved eating the same meal three times in one evening and drinking copious amounts of plum brandy. ‘Luckily I could still function the next day and managed to get some nice shots of the bison,’ he says
While researching this month’s Dossier (page 34) on deforestation, journalist Mark Rowe was amazed to learn that 80 per cent of the Amazon remains intact, despite everything humans have thrown at it. ‘I know the battle is far from won,’ he says, ‘but the Amazon is the most extraordinary environmental success story you could wish for, and a template for how we might protect the Congo and other rainforests’
n his harrowing report on modern-day slavery (page 48), Luke Duggleby found it important to maintain a sense of perspective when interviewing the inhabitants of Azadnagar. ‘I kept having to remind myself during my time in the village that while they had hardly anything, these were in fact the lucky ones,’ he says. ‘In comparison to the horrors they had been through before, they were much better off now’
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