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Erin Patrick

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The Cost of Cooking Dinner: Rape or Assault

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 10:03 AM


Cooking a meal for your family shouldn't put you at risk of rape or assault. Yet, collecting the wood or other cooking fuel essential for their survival, crisis-affected women and girls are forced to put their safety at risk on a daily...

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When War Stops, the Impact on the Environment Lives On

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Dead and wounded soldiers and citizens have always been the true currency of war. But another of war's consequences -- and sometimes its cause -- is the destruction of natural resources; the two go hand in hand. In 2001, the United Nations declared November 6 "International Day for Preventing the...

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When Food Is Not Enough to Stop Famine

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 12:53 PM

When children are starving, the most urgent need is to feed them. It seems simple, but is it really?

This is the question humanitarian workers confront on a daily basis at the world's largest refugee complex, in Dadaab, Kenya. The camps here are overflowing now, with more than 400,000...

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Voices from Dadaab: the Daily Struggle to Cook a Meal

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM

This summer I traveled to the Dadaab region in Kenya, where three refugee camps -- among the largest in the world -- host nearly 300,000 refugees. The camps sit just 60 miles from the Somali border, in a region that has suffered extreme drought over the last few years. As...

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Building Back a Better Haiti: The Need for Cooking Fuel

(5) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 1:30 PM

The names in this post have been changed to protect their privacy.

The morning I met Nadine in her new "home" in a former park in the middle of the Peacutetionville neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, it had been raining -- the first rain since the earthquake. The ground was...

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