Tsering Deki is 20-years-old and Nima Gurung is 18. They've endured gruelling physical and emotional journeys, born in different villages in Nepal, they attended the same school in the far away capital, Kathmandu. The school's called Snowland Ranag Light of Education and is a non-profit organisation which takes kids from remote parts of the Himalayas who wouldn't otherwise get a chance to learn. Most of the children at the school have not seen their families for as long as 12 years. When they graduated, Tsering and Nima made an arduous and lengthy journey across mountains - via the highest inhabited place on the planet - to go back home. Their epic journey was filmed for the documentary Children of the Snowland. There's more information about the film, including details of how to watch, on their website: www.childrenofthesnowland.com
Image: Tsering Deki and Nima Gurung
Credit: Dartmouth Films
My daughter’s killer feels like ‘family’
In April 2011 in a small village in the Netherlands, Eddy Hekman got the worst news of his life. His daughter Renske had been killed by her boyfriend Alasam Samarie. But this didn't square with how Eddy knew Samarie - as a kind and gentle person. Eddy went on a quest for answers about Renske's death, and the results pushed the limits of his tolerance. He's stayed friends with Samarie, and they've even written a book together called Een Coupé Verder. Eddy tells Outlook's Neal Razzell why he considers Samarie to be part of his family.
Image: Eddy Hekman's daughter Renske and her boyfriend who killed her
Credit: Eddy Hekman
Soweto Uprising: what happened to my dad?
In 1976, the Johannesburg township of Soweto erupted into protest. Students were furious with the government decision to make Afrikaans a language of instruction in South African schools. Afrikaans was associated with apartheid and white rule by many black South Africans, and not everyone could speak it. The protests were met with brutal force by the police, and hundreds of students died in the ensuing gunfire. In the midst of the chaos was Dr Edelstein, a white man involved in various humanitarian causes in the township. Students who had fled the gunfire suddenly turned their anger on him, and he was killed in the street. His daughter Janet was just 12 at the time, and she's spent many years trying to find answers about what happened that day. After the end of apartheid she spoke at South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, telling her father’s story and giving an emotional plea for more information. Now she’s followed in her father's footsteps, and is working to help young people in Soweto.
Image and credit: the Edelstein family
The Mormon mums of gay sons
Alyson Deussen and Jill Rowe are both members of the Mormon church which opposes gay sex and marriage. But they’re also mothers who've ended up fighting for the rights of their gay sons. They tell Emily Webb about the group they've formed called "Mama Dragons".
Image: (L) Jill Rowe and (R) Alyson Deussen
Credit: Jill Rowe and Alyson Deussen
Fifteen and alone at sea
Susan Berg was on a family fishing trip in Australia when their boat sank and they started to swim to land. As the sun went down, Susan realised that her family had disappeared. Since then, she has fought to come to terms with that day and has even overcome her fear of water by taking on daring swimming challenges. (Photo credit: AzmanL/Getty Images.)