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Last week the UK parliament voted against military action in Syria; in the USA, congress is getting ready to vote on the same question.
Last year, I visited the Judean desert and met with people who used a water pipe funded by UK aid money. Before the pipe was fitted, the villagers often had to go ten days without a bath. Now they can bathe every three days. They are also better able to water their vegetables and feed their livestock. The aid money has thus made them more independent, not less.
BBC Radio Scotland are looking for someone, preferably within reach of their Edinburgh or Glasgow studios, who would be able to share a diverse experience of international volunteering.