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Tonga: Debate over whale hunting ban

When a whale washed ashore on Tonga's northern island group of Ha'apai, it started a conversation about whether a 40-year-old ban in the country on whale hunting should be lifted. It was fuelled by reports that locals had cut up the whale to make use of its meat, which is seen by some as a delicacy. Australian Tristin Sheen runs a whale watching company in Tonga and said she wasn't surprised by the reports. "If a whale beaches itself, people will take advantage and be opportunistic and part o

Tonga: Social media helps connect artisans to new customers

Small handicraft businesses have been some of those hardest hit in Tonga due to COVID-19 but social media is helping some business owners reach new customers. Ofaloto Tavalea, who lives on the island of Ha'apai, has recently experienced a spike in demand for handmade fans, after she was featured on the photo-based blog, Ordinary Tongan Lives. Haitelenisia Angilau runs the accounts, both on Facebook and Instagram, and was introduced to Ms Tavalea through friends. "When we went to their house,

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Stuck behind borders, COVID-19's impact on young people across the globe

The coronavirus is impacting people from all over the world. People are stuck overseas and others fear for their family and communities. Youssef Saudie spoke to Neha Vasudeva, Yamini Varsani, and Munatji Mckenzie about their experiences on not being able to travel due to COVID-19. Neha Vasudeva is from California, US and currently resides there. They were supposed to be in Shanghai, China studying Chinese language. Munatji McKenzie is from Denmark and a Yankunytjatjara, Pitjantjatjara and Arr

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

CONTENT WARNING: This piece talks about the abuse and violence women face globally. If you or someone you know needs help relating to this issue you can contact any one of the services provided below BeyondBlue: 1300 22 4636 | Lifeline: 13 11 14 | Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 | Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | On Monday 25 November, the United Nations promoted Intern