Alicia Hosking


What’s Up World? #27

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 01.05.13

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


Two sisters, one body

Ever had to share a bedroom with a sibling? Did you have to put up with their snoring, rubbish taste in music, tantrums or bad hygiene? Well imagine sharing a body…

23-year-old conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel do exactly that. Born in Minnesota, USA, the sisters work together every day to do the things we take for granted, like finding something to wear, deciding what to eat, driving a car and choosing whether to go out or stay in.

They live remarkably normal lives, with Abby controlling the right hand side of their body and Brittany the left. Exemplifying cooperation at its very best, together the sisters have graduated from university, travelled the world and landed a job as teachers.

Now the pair have their own reality show, which has been made into a documentary and is currently airing around the world. Makes sharing a bathroom look like small fry…

Fake drugs

Malariaremains one of the biggest killer diseases on the planet today, with an estimated 219 million cases occurring around the world each year. And shockingly, it’s not going away because many of the drugs being used to treat it are fake.

In two of the countries worst-plagued by the disease, Uganda and Tanzania, it’s estimated that one third of all medication being dispensed is fake or substandard. Counterfeit pills are everywhere, filling the shelves of local pharmacies, and even health professionals are often unable to tell the difference.

Last Thursday was World Malaria Day, and the Pulitzer Centre hosted a Google Hangout, where expert doctors and journalists discussed theimpact of fake malaria drugs. They kindly recorded it so you can play it back here.

Have a read of our correspondent Kristine’s dice with death after contracting Malaria here.

Tamil war fallout

The civil war between the Sri Lankan government and guerrilla group, Tamil Tigers,  raged across northern and eastern Sri Lanka for almost four decades from the early 1970s, seeing some of the most brutal attacks on political groups and civilians imaginable. The battle officially concluded in 2009, when government forces captured the rebels’ final stronghold. But unfortunately it’s not over.

The atrocities against innocent civilians continue, as Sri Lankan security forces seek out and detain people suspected of being members or supporters of the Tamil Tigers. Human Rights Watch is reporting that the politically motivated rape, sexual assault and torture of suspects in custody has continued since the conflict, up to the present day.

A special report, ‘We Will Teach You a Lesson: Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces’, gives first hand accounts of men and women assaulted at the hands of the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups. To learn more click here.

Africa through new eyes

A new generation is using photography to change the narrative about the continent of Africa.

Al Jazeera’s new documentary series, Artscape: The New African Photography, follows six young African creatives, as they seek to celebrate, question and represent a continent on the rise.

The programme showcases photographers Emeka Okereke, Barbara Minishi, George Osodi, Neo Ntsoma, Baudouin Mouanda and Mario Macilau as they use their craft to define Africa for themselves. Definitely worth a watch!

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

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