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Aid Workers

We must stop the catastrophe and offer hope to Syria's girls

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
Tewodros Melesse

Syria is in the grip of the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. It is relentless, atrocious and responsible for mass casualties both inside an...

Yoga: How We Serve UN Workers And International Aid Communities

Rob Schware | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Samara Andrade, who recently returned to the U.S. from Afghanistan, where she was working for the United Nations and teaching yoga classes in the compound where she lived for UN staff, military reservists/military contractors, private sector aid contractors, and European Union civilian and police staff.

This Is The Deadliest Country For Aid Workers

Vocativ | Posted 10.09.2016 | World

In 2004, MSF left Afghanistan entirely when three of its staffers were killed by Afghan military commanders. The group did not return for five years. It has now abandoned Kunduz because of the U.S. airstrike.

My Brother Abdul-Rahman Kassig: An Inspiration for All

Atif Choudhury | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Atif Choudhury

James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, and now Abdul-Rahman Kassig. Each of these men dedicated their lives to serving the long-suffering Syrian people, either by sharing with the world their stories and exposing the truth as journalists, or to alleviate their suffering as aid workers.

Aid Workers Risk Their Lives To Help Because 'That's Who We Are'

The New York Times | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact

As Dr. Rick Sacra prepared to fly to Liberia to treat patients in the Ebola zone, he prepared for the worst. He sat down with his wife, Debbie, at ...

Travel Restrictions Are Obstacles to Fighting Ebola

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

At the same time humanitarian organizations are being encouraged to rapidly scale-up efforts to contain the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, increased political rhetoric on travel restrictions threatens to create new barriers to the NGO community's response to this crisis.

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

After Being Raped, Nonprofit Founder Continues Aid Work In South Sudan

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact

Aid worker Kimberly Smith was raped about 10 years ago while working in South Sudan during the height of the genocide crisis, but she hasn’t let it ...

Honoring the Fallen Aid Workers Among Us

Lauren Rajczak | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Lauren Rajczak

Many do not realize the deliberative, complex process that goes into addressing the needs of those suffering while balancing the need to protect the lives of international and national staff.

The Promise of a Plant in the Fight Against Malaria

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dora Joseph, 31, is raising four children in a tin-roofed, two-room house nestled in the remote green hills of northwestern Tanzania. Her eyes are tired and dampened with worry.

Hats Off to the Aid Workers

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

It is these workers who not only breathe life back into the bereft genocide survivor, but who also help that survivor re-ignite her own spark.

Rethinking the Role of International Aid Workers

Tori Hogan | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Tori Hogan

If we're going to improve the field of international development, we need to completely rethink how aid workers can be of greatest service to the communities they intend to help.

Aid Worker as Spy: The Cost of a Fake Vaccination Campaign

Ali Hayat | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Ali Hayat

The Government of Pakistan has started to take a much tougher stance towards some of the international non-governmental organizations and their staff, thus seriously undermining their ability to reach out to the most vulnerable in a timely manner.

The Strange Story of Pakistan's Shakil Afridi: From Surgeon to Spy to Militant Sympathizer

Michael Kugelman | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Michael Kugelman

Washington and Islamabad have each staked out such narrow positions and clung to them so stubbornly that neither can regard the Afridi affair with the wider lens it requires. The strange story of Dr. Afridi is a sad commentary on the troubled bilateral relationship.

Killing Journalists and Aid Workers

Ben Barber | Posted 06.15.2012 | World
Ben Barber

For decades, as a reporter I had an invisible shield, allowing me to wade into bloody conflicts, interview the killers and the families of the victims. But times have indeed changed.

Former Aid Worker Sues Samaritan's Purse After Being Kidnapped In Darfur

Posted 07.23.2011 | Impact

Flavia Wagner, a former aid worker who was abducted and held captive for 105 days in Darfur in 2010, is suing the charity organization who sent her to...

"Off the Map" Is Off the Mark

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

I've got a litmus test for whether a film or television show focusing on aid-workers, journalists or policy wonks is going to be a worthy representati...

Disaster: A Serious Game

Amanda Lin Costa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amanda Lin Costa

Share the Proof

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Aid is having a huge impact in poor countries, and it's an impact that will build on itself for generations. Bill and I often think if everybody could see the living proof of progress that is being made, they would be as optimistic as we are.

Crown Jewels or Spoils of War?

Seema Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seema Jilani

Many of the colonized people in the world share a belief: that when our colonizers leave, they intentionally leave behind a chaotic situation destined for more conflict, thereby ensuring post-colonial strife.

Afghan Risk Equation: When the "Because" Outweighs the "Why?"

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shannon Galpin

As I prepare to return to Afghanistan next month in the wake of such devastating headlines of attacks on aid workers, I am compelled to examine the question family, friends and supporters ask me everyday here at home. "Why?"

Still No One to Turn to: Child Sexual Abuse by Aid Workers and UN Peacekeepers

Marlen Suyapa Bodden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marlen Suyapa Bodden

We still need an international watchdog to investigate the sexual abuse of children by aid workers and peacekeepers.

Protect the Protectors

Kathleen Cravero | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathleen Cravero

For all the humanitarian workers killed in the past ten years, not one investigation has reached a clear conclusion after which someone was punished. Nor has any government been held accountable.

Deceptive Calm in Kabul

International Rescue Committee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
International Rescue Committee

The deaths of four International Rescue Committee colleagues of mine have triggered a re-thinking of aid agency work in Afghanistan.

2008 Deadliest Year For Aid Workers: Center On International Cooperation

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Soaring violence in Somalia and Afghanistan helped make 2008 the most dangerous year on record for aid workers, with 122 killed while carrying out the...