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Why Are We Waging War on the People of Yemen?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

War has resulted in nearly six thousand deaths and massive destruction of Yemen's infrastructure. A land, aerial and naval blockade that prevents the import of food, fuel, and medicines has dramatically amplified the devastation.

Former Dallas Cowboy and Washington Redskins NFL Players Join the Real-Life Hunger Games

Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson

What happens when we realize the title, "The Hunger Games," really isn't what it is? As you read this article, I hope you reflect on the movie and also understand that the reality is that hunger is NOT a game.

The Long Journey of Syrian Refugees

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

It was in mid-June that we first started noticing the refugees in Serbia, the people filling up the parks, the bus and train stations, even shopping malls. You did not even have to talk to them to know that they were not tourists, that behind those faces were stories of desperation.

Turning Away Syrian Refugees is Exactly What ISIS Wants

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Jesse Andreozzi

Refusing Syrian refugees sanctuary in America appears to be a lose-lose situation for both the American and Syrian people. It isn't out of the realm of possibility to imagine a scenario where a refugee uses the devastation of being turned away to exact revenge against the U.S. by joining ISIS.

On Syria, Oklahoma and the Refugee in Us All

Denver Nicks | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Denver Nicks

In the days after terrorist attacks in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris the world was as stunned as it was saddened. The scale and cruelty of the attacks understandably shocked us. Sadly, it seems the terrorists have also succeeded in terrorizing us.

It Must Not End in War... and It Doesn't Have to

Madeleine Rees | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Madeleine Rees

What happened in Paris was horrific. The reality of war again in Europe. A reality that is the daily experience for ordinary people in Syria, Iraq, Li...

The Most Common Questions Refugees Ask When They Arrive In Europe

Tyler Jump | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jump

Most of these new arrivals, while thankful for reaching dry land safely, are exhausted, wet and frightened. IRC counselors and translators do their best to address their concerns and answer questions. Some of the most common questions aid workers get are also the most unexpected.

The Future of Disaster Response In the Mountains of Nepal

SAS | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact

It's been six months since the second of two earthquakes shattered Nepal. When the next disaster occurs, what can mitigate those factors and drastically reduce profound trauma on those already distressed people?

Why We All Need to Care About the Syrian Crisis

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Elnaz Moghangard

The truth is we could have been them, and they could have been us. A Syrian refugee could have been the one sitting at her laptop writing this article from a local coffee shop in the United States, and I could have been the one crammed in a plastic boat clinging to my hopes.

How You Can Help the Syrian Refugees: Solar-Powered Lights

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Experienced international crisis volunteer and founder of the US-based non-profit Third Wave Volunteers, Alison Thompson, is currently bringing solar-powered lights to the refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Dramatic Videos Show Afghanistan Earthquake's Far-Reaching Devastation

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.26.2015 | World

Dramatic videos distributed by The Guardian Monday appear to show the devastating aftermath of the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck northe...

The Impending Crisis in Ethiopia: A Costly Delay

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Ethiopia is yet again facing a humanitarian crisis that looks set to devastate much of the country's population. Despite impressive growth figures over the last decade, 20 million Ethiopians are still under the poverty line. El Nino related weather is causing drought, destroying any chance of sustained poverty reduction.

Recognizing Older Persons in Humanitarian Efforts

Kate Bunting | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Kate Bunting

Before the age of cell-phone videos and instantaneous Twitter news, the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" made it easy to ignore major disasters like the recent floods in my home state of South Carolina. With the 24/7 media coverage, the risks and dangers are in front of us constantly and the images seem shocking and incomprehensible.

Sheikh Mohammad's 'Marshal Plan' May Be the Region's Last Chance

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 10.11.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Once the combined targets are met, the four pillars which comprise Sheikh Mohammad's plan can form a long-term regional remedy and a road-map to pan-Arab prosperity, and not just serve as a pacifier to help overcome current woes.

How Drones Are Helping The Effort To Rebuild Nepal

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology

Done technology is increasingly being used to aid humanitarian missions around the globe -- from sending food and necessities to d...

My Prayer for Clean Water

Richard Stearns | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Another reason why I believe clean water will be the first development goal we reach is that we can scale it. Once you have a drilling rig, you can use it all year long. Methods to bring clean water to one community can be used in the next.

RE: Syrian Crisis, Ode to the International Community

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Sarah Elzeini

Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin

Ashleigh Rolle | Posted 10.05.2015 | Travel
Ashleigh Rolle

Tonight a child will go to sleep in an unfamiliar place. The safety of her own room taken away from her. Tomorrow her parents will feel the weight of the world bearing heavy on their shoulders. They deserve to be remembered. They deserve to know that they are not alone.

What About the Syrian Refugees Left Behind?

Bill_Corcoran | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

Humanitarian groups have partnered with community organizations to improve basic services and expand sports and other programs to help ease tensions. But more needs to be done to invest in the development of these fragile states and protect their stability.

We Need to Feed Syrian Refugees Today, But What About Tomorrow?

Jina Krause-Vilmar | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Jina Krause-Vilmar

Supporting Syrians' livelihoods is not a step towards full local integration, but part of an interim strategy to benefit economies and lives of the millions of people trying to escape Syria's civil war.

Refugee Crisis on Leros -- Report From the Ground

Judith Ansara | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Judith Ansara

After a 4-day "layover" on the island of Farmakonisi with no food, water or shelter, hundreds of hungry, sea-ravaged men, women, and children arrive by the boatloads here on Leros.

Resettlement of Tortured Refugees Must Include Rehabilitative Care

Curt Goering | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Curt Goering

There are more than 40 torture rehabilitation programs in the U.S., operating in 25 states and doing life-saving work with torture survivors -- but each of these already has a waiting list of survivors. Will Syrians in desperate need have to wait months or even years to receive care?

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

Instability and Assault on the Poor Require Us to Respond

Daniel Speckhard | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Daniel Speckhard

May we rise to this challenge and act boldly to protect not only millions of poor, but our future and the future of our children.

Facebook Group Helps Migrants, Refugees Cut Through Red Tape, Enter Camps

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact

Hungarian officials erected a wire fence along the southern border to keep out migrants and refugees, last week, but over 7,000 Hungarian c...