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Humanitarian Aid

Why You Only Send Stuff They Really Need After a Disaster

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

Witnessing the tremendous amount of effort involved and the allocation of this scarce distribution capacity to our goods made me realize that it's not just an unfortunate misstep to send supplies that nobody wanted or requested. It's wrong.

The Real Heroes of the Refugee Crisis

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

As of late, the only antidote to my entrenched political realism has been the news of amazing individuals volunteering to help refugees in the Greek I...

Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: Lessons to Fight Traffickers in Disaster Zones

Free The Slaves | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's been a year since the 2015 Nepal earthquake killed thousands and left large parts of the country in ruins. One of the key tragedies of the quake'...

When tragedy knocks at your door

World Vision | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
World Vision

By Diego Rivadeneira, World Vision On Saturday, April 16, our quiet family dinner was interrupted by a strong earthquake. At 6:58 p.m. our peaceful...

Footage From Inside Besieged Syrian Community Shows Terrifying Reality For Thousands Of Civilians

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.20.2016 | World

"Please do not leave me," a young Syrian boy weeps to the bloodied corpse of his brother, bound tightly in a white sheet. "Oh, God, it's as if you are...

Mamba Fouls USDA Goes Nuts in Haiti

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Gina Athena Ulysse

While I have shed no tears over Kobe aka The Black Mamba's retirement, many others and myself are wailing over the looming endangerment of another mam...

Addressing Global Mental Health Challenges and Finding Solutions

Inka Weissbecker | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Inka Weissbecker

Francis spent two years with his foot tied to a wooden log in a shed. He suffered from psychosis but his family was unable to help him because they ha...

Delivering on the Promises of Paris: Why the World's Muslims Are Demanding Climate Action Now

Naser Haghamed | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Naser Haghamed

Whilst more and more Muslims are experiencing the ravages of climate change first hand, more Muslims and governments are in turn starting to join the fight against climate change.

The Baghdad Boil: Fighting a Painful Flesh Parasite Affecting Iraq's Displaced

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dohuk, Iraq--When Zahra's family heard Islamic State ISIL forces had captured the nearby northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in the summer of 2014, they fle...

Is Digital Humanitarianism All Good?

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 04.06.2016 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

From cause promotion to facilitating the use of social networks and digital tools in response to crises, new technologies are changing the way humanit...

Human Rights Watch Chastises Louisiana For Endangering HIV-Positive Inmates

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.02.2016 | Crime

Louisiana, notorious for the world's highest incarceration rate, often fails to provide basic HIV services to inmates in parish jails, endangering not...

Finding Inspiration After Cyclone Winston

UN Women | Posted 03.31.2016 | Women
UN Women

The first thing that hits you about a country that has felt the full force of a category five cyclone is the trees. It's like they have been ravaged by a forest fire, one that strips them of their foliage but otherwise leaves no visible scorch marks.

6 Reasons You Should Care About (Yet) Another International Summit

Izumi Nakamitsu | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Izumi Nakamitsu

It might sound dramatic to hear people say the world is at a "critical juncture" and faces a "staggering escalation" in humanitarian needs. Well, it's true.

Data is the Difference between Life and Death in South Sudan: Measuring Catastrophe in Unity State

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth Wright

(Photo: Andrew Parsons, Action Against Hunger, South Sudan) Approximately 25 percent of the population of South Sudan--2.8 million people--are experi...

Yemen: What Picture Will You Take?

Karl Schembri | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Karl Schembri

"I understand your job is to bring attention to our situation, but how do you do it? Nobody cares. We've been in this war for almost a year and everyone has forgotten us."

So You Want a New Superfood? Meet Moringa

Mascha Davis MPH, RDN | Posted 03.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Mascha Davis MPH, RDN

What are some of the nutritional properties that make it a superfood? The protein content is impressive.

To Improve Human Wellbeing, It's Time to Get Serious About Transparency

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Community and collective action matter. The dream is for all civil society organizations to look beyond their individual projects and work collectivel...

European Enlightenment and Humanism in Danger: Refugee Crisis

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Sayed Hassan Akhlaq

As the number of refugees worldwide continues to increase, Western nations struggle to show off their true humanism and the Enlightenment in the face ...

A pretty face on the crisis

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

How do you revive interest in a story that has been around for more than five years? A story, that actually feels like a cliché from a region regular...

More Than 80 Million Children Missed School Due To War, Disaster

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted l...

How I Got There: Simon Panek

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Lan Anh Vu

Simon Panek is the cofounder and director of the People In Need humanitarian organization, the largest nongovernmental organization in Central Europe....

Let Us Not Make Ukraine a Forgotten Crisis

Christos Stylianides | Posted 03.17.2016 | World
Christos Stylianides

The humanitarian situation remains serious. Over three million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

100 Humanitarian Groups Ask To Simply Be Allowed To Help In Syria

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact

On the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, 102 humanitarian agencies implored those involved in the conflict to simply allow them do their jobs....

Stories of Refugees on the Long Road to Europe

Crystal Wells | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Hazam, 35, could no longer see a future for himself and his family in Deir al-Zour, a city that has been a flashpoint in the country's five-year-long civil war. A physical fitness teacher, Hazam could no longer work, while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child.

Humanitarian Innovation: Surprising News, Cautionary Tales, and Promising Directions

Camille Crittenden | Posted 03.15.2016 | Technology
Camille Crittenden

For those fleeing active conflict zones, natural disasters, or the gradual devastation of climate change, a host of humanitarian relief agencies is st...