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Humanitarian Aid

Why Is the World Abandoning South Sudan?

World Vision | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
World Vision

Along with horrific violence making humanitarian access difficult, the political instability is threatening South Sudan's harvest season, so the real fear is hunger.

In South Sudan, Humanitarian Action Is a Palliative, Not a Long-Term Solution

Toby Lanzer | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Toby Lanzer

While the needs of people in South Sudan require urgent attention, and continued funding, we must keep in mind that emergency operations can only assist them in the short-term.

South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

The people of South Sudan face a spiral of conflict, displacement, and hunger that this fragile, young country can ill afford.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

Music for Peace

Isha Judd | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Isha Judd

Why are so many of our songs based on loss and unrequited yearning? Is that really what moves our hearts more than joy and pleasure? More than compassion and peace?

World Vision: The Poor, the Gay, and the Wisdom of Solomon

Robert Hall | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Robert Hall

When we draw lines in the sand to separate us from other believers and from the poor we purport to serve, we are like two people on the side of a swimming pool fighting over doctrine while a child goes under for the third time.

Lifting All Boats

Hardy Vieux | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Here in Jordan, we, in the humanitarian aid community, are addressing the myriad, stubborn problems born of the Syrian civil war.

3.5 Million Syrians Would Be Reached If UN Could Just Get Consent To Help

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 28 (Reuters) - The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Friday urged Syria's ...

What Next for the UN Security Council and Humanitarian Access in Syria?

Camilla Barker | Posted 03.28.2014 | World
Camilla Barker

Overall, this first report evidences minimal progress in implementing Resolution 2139 and gives little hope for remedying the humanitarian access crisis in Syria.

Remembering the Humanity Behind the Numbers

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

There comes a point in every humanitarian crisis when the world starts to lament the transformation of tragedies into mere numbers. Every day we are inundated with statistics portraying the direness of situations worldwide.

2013 Global Emergencies Stretched Resources 'To The Limit': Report

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact

Last year was the worst year for humanitarian crises in two decades, and international aid organizations are feeling the strain. Dr. Richard J. Bre...

Refocusing Humanitarian Aid in Syria

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

The United States has shown leadership in providing aid for the humanitarian crisis in Syria, but we must do more with the international community and Syrian refugee host nations to improve our aid delivery systems while pressuring the Assad regime and its supporters.

Don't Forget Gaza

Robert Turner | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Robert Turner

It is impossible not to be touched by the apocalyptic scenes emerging from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. But the cameras, and the donors, seem to have moved on.

Stand With the People of Syria

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

March 15 marks three years since Syrians knew life like this, and after unrelenting civil war, their country today is nearly unrecognizable. The biggest humanitarian crisis of our day demands the biggest global call to action and relief effort we can muster. You can help.

Dare to Prepare: Taking Disaster Risk Seriously

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Two communities of practice have long characterized the international aid industry. On the one hand, the development community deals with long-term poverty reduction in order to support development and growth.

Adriana Reyes: Behind Heartbreaking Photos of Syria and Jordan

Ming Holden | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

"Photography became my precious, vivid tool with which I could show the world's beauty and sad reality simultaneously. When I returned from Syria in the spring of 2013, I felt an overwhelming need to do everything I could to help the Syrian refugees and spread awareness of the crisis."

U.N. North Korea Human Rights Report & A Call to Action

Mike Kim | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Mike Kim

The worst thing we can do is ignore the problem in North Korea and hope it goes away on its own. We must not take this information and move on with our lives. What if the world passively looked on as Hitler made his march through Europe and just hoped for the best?

The Argument Against U.S. Intervention in Syria... And Why It's Wrong

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

We must pursue all political avenues for saving lives. Yet this investment in diplomacy should not eliminate more significant kinds of intervention. Without greater pressure, the Syrian regime is unlikely to consent to a transitional government, or even decelerate its killing of its own people.

Erich Ferrari on the 5+1 Nuclear Talks: Iran vs. Sanctions Architects

Omid Memarian | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Omid Memarian

Erich Ferrari, a lawyer who provides counsel to those who wish to get off the sanctions list, says the Iranians are very smart and sophisticated negotiators, but on the issue of understanding the sanctions regime and what is being offered to them, they are at a disadvantage.

Birth of a Nation

Cindy Stein Urbanc | Posted 02.18.2014 | Hawaii
Cindy Stein Urbanc

I am a midwife by training and to use an analogy related to that, giving birth is at once hard, painful, and ultimately leads to something beautiful. We shouldn't expect less when Africa bears a new nation.

The Farm Bill and International Food Aid: What You Need to Know

Katie Lee | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Katie Lee

The U.S. remains the largest donor of global food assistance, and it is imperative to maintain robust funding for global food aid programs. But we must also find ways to stretch that funding and get more bang for the buck. That's what the global food aid reforms in the new farm bill do.

It's Time to Assist Our Syrian Brothers and Sisters

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

History has shown us that instability leads to long periods of extremism and violence that affect the global community. This is a lesson the world should have learned over and over again, yet never seems to take to heart.

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Several articles on Afghanistan's worsening hunger crisis, appearing in the Western press, prompt readers to ask how Afghanistan could be receiving vast sums of non-military aid and yet still struggle with severe acute malnourishment among children under age five.

Weeds for Dinner

Roberta Gately | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Roberta Gately

Her plea for cookies and milk went unanswered that day, but it is one that is universally understood, and as hard to forget as it is to imagine.

Standing with the People of the Central African Republic for a Stronger Future

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

With a total population of about 750,000, almost 400,000 people in Bagui are displaced and 100,000 people are now huddled in an encampment by the airport, seeking refuge from a vicious cycle of attacks and lawlessness.