Inspiring Change and an End to Child Marriage with @stephsinclairpix
“She looked at me with tears in her eyes and spoke quietly, ‘In my whole life, I have never felt love.’ I continued to hear similar stories as I traveled, researching and photographing child marriage in countries like Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and even Europe and the US,” says photographer Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix), who has spent more than a decade documenting the abuse of women and girls around the world.
"I wanted to make sure that we got these images and stories in front of diplomats and policy makers who could enforce laws and support programs to provide more protection for these girls," she says. "I was sure if the rest of the world understood their lives as I had come to, real change wouldn’t be far behind."
Riflemen conquer world’s coldest mountain
Five members of 1st Battalion The Rifles have reached the summit of the highest mountain in North America, Mt McKinley, the pinnacle of an expedition called Exercise Alaskan Bugle, which included the real-life rescue of another team.
At 6194m above sea level and deemed the coldest mountain on the planet, reaching Mt McKinley’s peak proved a challenge that required the Riflemen, as part of a 12-man team, to embrace their regimental ethos Swift and Bold to reach the summit.
The team spent 25 days on the mountain, severely hampered in their efforts by the worst weather the mountain has seen in 30 years. Despite persistent snow and temperatures dropping as low as -30 degrees Celsius, two teams reached the summit on the afternoon of the 16 June 2014.
Read more on their story: www.army.mod.uk/news/26373.aspx
Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, are co-chairing the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.
This is the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground.
3 days of free public events are taking place in the Summit Fringe at ExCel London from the 10-12 June.
Seventy years ago today Allied Forces embarked on one of the most significant battles of World War Two. The Normandy Landings was the largest seaborne invasion in history. After aerial and sea bombardment British, US and Canadian troops landed on the beaches to mark the start of the invasion.
Today British and US troops are working side by side again on operations in Afghanistan. At the Regional Corps Battle School, where soldiers from the Afghan National Army carry out infantry training, Major Ed O’Brien, Scots Dragoon Guards, works closely with US forces helping to develop the Afghan Army.
He also has a personal link to the D-Day landings as his Grandfather, Rodercik ‘Roddy’ Norris, an officer in 13/18 Royal Hussars landed on Queen beach with his tank troop 40 minutes after the first landing craft.
After fighting on D-Day, he commanded his DD Sherman Tank Troop through the entire Normandy campaign, including the battle of Mont Pincon. Mont Pincon is a battle honour of the 13/18 Royal Hussars and was a key point in the campaign, For this he was awarded the French military medal for gallantry, the Croix De Guerre with Silver Star, for his actions on that day.
Major O’Brien said:
A few years ago I went back to Normandy with him, about two years before he died actually. It was fascinating going round and seeing, you know we were literally driving through villages, and he went ‘I remember this… we came up here… there was a German Panzer at the end of the street’. It was just incredible.
Roderick fought through the Normandy campaign and throughout the remainder of the war. In 1945 he was the second ever British Armoured Squadron Leader in the Berlin Armoured Brigade. He left the Army shortly after the war.
Roderick inspired his grandson to join the Army. Following in his Grandfather’s footsteps Major O’Brien joined the Scots Dragoon Guards and commanded a troop of CR2 tanks in the invasion of Iraq in 2003: “As a child I always greatly admired my grandfather, and looked up to him. He was definitely one of the influential figures of my childhood. What he taught me was that the Army was all about sense of duty, it was about looking after your soldiers, and finally about fun and camaraderie. All those things really appealed to me.”
[Images: Top - recreation of a photo of Roderick from World War Two in Afghanistan with Major O’Brien standing by an American MRAP vehicle used on operations in Afghanistan. Bottom - Original photo from World War Two. Crown copyright]
(via British Army on Facebook)
Veterans and villagers joined together to commemorate the liberation of Putot en Auge by the 5th Parachute Brigade in the months after D-Day.As Allied troops fought their way off the beachhead, a decisive engagement was fought to capture the village between 18 to 20 August 1944.Memorial services were held at both the village’s church, where a number of British soldiers are buried, and former railway station, which was the scene of heavy fighting.The services honoured the contribution of the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion and the 7th (Somerset) Parachute Battalion respectively.
EU country embassies throughout Washington DC opened their doors on 10 May for the EU’s Annual Open House Day to mark EU Day. For the 7th year, the British Embassy in Washington took part in this special day-long event, which celebrates the remarkable work that EU country embassies are doing in Washington and provides a wonderful way to experience what makes each EU country unique. The British embassy hosted an interactive and family-friendly bazaar celebrating UK culture, creativity, business and innovation. With the theme GREAT Britain: You’re Invited, the embassy showcased why the UK is a fantastic destination for travel, study, and business, while illustrating the unparalleled partnership the UK shares with the United States.
Source: Flickr / ukinusa
HMS Queen Elizabeth
The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be officially named by Her Majesty The Queen in a ceremony at Rosyth on Friday 4 July.
When the carrier is named it will be five years after the first steel was cut for the ship and 33 months since the first section entered the dry dock at Rosyth.
With the Queen Elizabeth now structurally complete, outfitting work continues on the carrier in the lead-up to her naming and subsequent ‘flood up’, when the ship will be floated for the first time.
The QE Class will be the centrepiece of Britain’s defence capability for the 21st century. Each 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier will provide the Armed Forces with a 4-acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide.
The carriers will be versatile enough to be used across the full spectrum of military activity, from war-fighting to providing humanitarian aid.
From music to zombies, film and cat memes, to innovative tech startups — the UK is well represented at SXSW in Austin Texas!