Cheryl Bannatyne

Cheryl is a copywriter for Tearfund where she gets to share the great stories of lives being transformed around the world.

She's qualified as a microbiologist but always had a passion for the written word, so hung up her lab coat and picked up the pen. After a few years managing the editorial office of the British Journal of Cancer she sailed the world – well, a little bit of it – with Operation Mobilisation before working on a business magazine for five years. She's delighted to be playing with words again after a seven-year foray into the world of church administration.

  • Clearing the air

    By Tearfund’s Cheryl Bannatyne, following a trip to Pakistan. Passing through a metal door from the dusty street we enter a small courtyard. The concrete floor is swept and washed down – pristine and…

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  • Leaving the past behind

    Warning: this article contains reference to sexual violence Camila* (21) used to start each day weighed down with the struggle to provide for her father and five-year-old daughter. But today, head…

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Lebanon

    Lebanon is home to a rich diversity of ethnic and religious groups. Unfortunately, this has meant that it has also experienced a significant amount of civil conflict, while at the same time playing host to many refugees: one in four people in Lebanon is now a Syrian refugee. Tearfund has been working in Lebanon since early 2013, in response to the refugee crisis caused by the conflict in Syria.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Jordan

    In recent years, Jordan has become a place of refuge. A significant number of Iraqis as well as refugees from Yemen and Sudan are now living in Jordan, in addition to hundreds of thousands who have fled the ongoing conflict in Syria.

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  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Ivory Coast

    In 1960, 17 African states gained independence, including Ivory Coast. The country went on to experience more than three decades of stability until a series of events shook the nation – a shaking that only began to settle after the presidential election in 2010...

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