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  • ABC's Sabra Lane breaks down on air over child abandoned by surrogate parents

    Outpouring of support for AM presenter, who was overcome by emotion after the station broadcast heart-wrenching Ukraine story

    ABC Radio’s AM presenter Sabra Lane was unable to hide her emotions on Tuesday morning after the program broadcast a heart-wrenching story about a little girl who was allegedly abandoned in Ukraine by her US surrogate parents.

    Authentic radio from @SabraLane reflecting how we felt about the surrogacy story from Ukraine. #rnbreakfast

    I am crying too after hearing that story, and Sabra’s very human reaction. That story was distressing but an excellent and important investigation by Samantha Hawley. Will be thinking of that baby girl.

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    Glad you are doing okay, @SabraLane - you should know our wonderful @RNBreakfast listeners have flooded us with so much love and support for you this morning.

    Thank you for always bringing us the news with your smarts and you heart.

    Quite deeply touched by @SabraLane s humanity , it’s a beautiful and rare commodity these days....

    Very moved by @SabraLane there. Such a professional - a very rare story for her to lose her composure (abandoned children).

    Virtual hugs to @SabraLane as her show the emotion we should all feel upon reading such a story. Thank you @ForeignOfficial for forcing us to confront & hopefully address such important ethical issues.

    Very easy to become desensitised to the sadness we're exposed to every day as journalists, but the best professionals are the ones who embrace their own humanity instead of working in spite of it @SabraLane

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  • New evidence emerges of Russian role in Ukraine conflict

    Research group Forensic Architecture collected images to use in ECHR case

    Newly collated evidence documenting Russian military involvement in the conflict in Ukraine will be used to bolster legal claims against the Russian state by Ukrainian volunteer fighters.

    Forensic Architecture, a London-based research group, has collected and catalogued evidence of Russian military involvement in the battle ofIlovaysk in August 2014, including the presence of a model of tank used only by the Russian armed forces at that time.

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  • Food on the frontline: finding common ground through cooking

    Giles Duley photographs people in war zones. More importantly he cooks and eats with them first

    Giles Duley, a 47-year-old photographer, is no stranger to some of the world’s most desperate places. His work on the impact of war has taken him to Lebanon, South Sudan, Ukraine and Afghanistan, where in 2011 he lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on a landmine. But his experience in Mosul, Iraq, in the spring of 2017, covering the fallout of the military campaign to retake the city from Islamic State, was something else.

    “I saw some of the worst things I’d ever seen in terms of war – just horrific things,” says Duley, shaking his head. “It was overwhelming and I came back in quite a dark place from that trip. It was shut the curtains, I don’t want to speak to anyone. And I just started cooking, I started making pasta and bread. I realised that was therapy for me, because when you’ve got those dark thoughts and you’ve seen children injured, you can put the television on or you can read a book, but you are still thinking about those things. You can’t get away from them. But I found cooking was the one time I did, because I think it’s the manual tasks: you are lost in that moment.

    When a family invites me in and lets me cook with them, I feel like the most privileged person in the world

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