What’s Up World? #22

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 27.03.13

What’s Up World?
Between the cracks of the world’s news headlines


Image credit – from MTV Exit’s Butterfly.

Bride trafficking is a thing

By the end of this decade, the number of marriage-ready men in China is set to outweigh women by 24 million. That’s a lot of grooms and not enough brides.

So bride trafficking is on the rise. Reported cases of women being trafficked into China are now reaching beyond the regions that share a border with China, like Burma, Laos and Vietnam, and into Cambodia. According to the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, some Burmese parents accept as little as US $1,000 for their daughters.

With marriage painted as a symbol of social status and acceptance, desperation is fuelling the illicit trafficking of women, many of whom believe they’ve found work thanks to China’s booming industry, only to find they’ve been sold into prearranged marriages on their arrival.

If you want to help why not join the fight against trafficking with MTV Exit.

Toxic war fallout

I know everyone says everything is important, but this is really important:

Toxic waste left over from the two massive wars in Iraq are being linked to a dramatic increase in birth deformities, cases of cancer and the emergence of new illnesses not previously seen in Iraq, like kidney, lungs, and liver diseases, as well as total immune system collapse.

It gets worse: depleted uranium contamination is also being blamed for escalating leukaemia, renal and anaemia cases amongst children and connected to a sharp rise in miscarriages, premature births and infertility amongst Iraqi women, particularly in areas where heavy military operations occurred, like Falluja.

It gets even worse – read on here for a more in depth look at the challenges facing the children of Iraq.

Researcher and author Dr Abdulhaq Al-Ani wants the rest of the world to know about the crisis in Iraq, saying, “I ask them to ask their government not to hurt people outside of their country, especially the people of Iraq.

#HB Twitter

The originator of the hashtag, the RT, Follow Friday and the art of condensing life into 140 characters Twitter turned seven years old last week.

Here’s a look at seven lives that Twitter has completely changed over that time, some in a good way (hey @sh*tmydadsays, @kellyoxford) some in a less good way (greetings also to @papaxristoutj and @repweiner).

Something brewing in your part of the world? We want to know about it. Tweet @its_alicia or @mtvvoices using the hashtag #WhatsUpWorld