Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely is visiting professor in Public Ethics at the University of Chester and a senior research fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. He writes on ethical, political and cultural issues. He has a fortnightly column in the Independent on Sunday and also writes for the New York Times and the Church Times. His latest book is Pope Francis – Untying the Knots. He was co-author of the report of the Commission for Africa and has chaired several development charities.

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A mother holding her child and a French soldier stand in front of charred pickup trucks used by Islamist rebels in Diabaly

Police move in to guard safe haven for 66 rescued child soldiers in Central African Republic (CAR)

The Independent's campaign has raised over £225,000. But as the latest news makes clear, the problems facing children in the CAR have not gone away

Under orders: French soldiers being instructed at their Malian air base last week

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Hopes are high for lasting change as the Bank of England, the BBC and the Church of England welcome new heads in 2013

Protesters in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, demanding the French do more to help stop the rebel advance

Aid workers stay behind to protect rescued child soldiers

Advancing rebels are 45 miles from capital of Central African Republic

Protesters in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, demanding the French do more to help stop the rebel advance

Aid workers stay behind to protect rescued child soldiers

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Sir Alex Ferguson asks club’s 75 million supporters to join The Independent’s campaign to help child soldiers in Central African Republic.

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When a new James Bond film hits the screens, an expert is wheeled out to opine that 007's "licence to kill" is fiction, like the agent. Yet for real-life spooks, a licence to kill, torture, lie and dissemble seems to go with the job.

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