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Humanitarian Aid

Dispatch From Liberia: No Condition Is Permanent

Adam C. Levine | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

I sigh with relief. We've lost many patients since opening the ETU almost two weeks ago, but tonight -- my very last night here -- it doesn't look like anyone's going to die.

Victoria Beckham Delivers Truly Honest, Passionate Speech At UN

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact

It may have taken Victoria Beckham four decades, but the fashion designer and mother of four said she finally understands her responsibility on the gl...

Ebola -- A Fragile Health Care System's Ripple Effects

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

The health care systems in the countries most affected by the virus -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- have collapsed. Even before the Ebola outbreak, these countries had very low doctor-to-patient ratios; Liberia had one doctor for every 100,000 people prior to the outbreak.

After the Ceasefire: Injured Gazans Return to More Challenges

Wardah Khalid | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Wardah Khalid

After being transferred to Jordan, Maryam remained in intensive care for a week and endured two operations to remove the shrapnel from her skull, leaving her completely paralyzed on the left side.

Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

The aid response in the western Burmese state has been tricky since two bouts of communal violence between Rakhine Buddhists and the minority Rohingya Muslims in June and October 2012 resulted in more than 140,000 people -- mostly Rohingyas -- being forced to flee to camps.

From a Displacement Camp in Juba, Former Director of Agriculture Watches as his State Slides Closer to Famine

Crystal Wells | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

A year ago, James Gatluak, 38, was working with farmers across all nine counties in Unity State to increase food production. Today, he is stuck in a displacement camp in Juba, his state overrun by violence and its people sliding closer to famine.

Put the 'Humanitarian' Back in Humanitarian Interventions

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Jonathan Marshall

In times past, talk of "humanitarian intervention" brought to mind images of Red Cross trucks and nurses coming to the scene of a natural disaster to tend the afflicted.

Fight Against Ebola Outbreak Is 4 Months Behind Where It Should Be: Aid Expert

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact

National governments and health organizations around the world are scrambling to overcome lapses in leadership and logistical issues to turn around a ...

This Is the Worst Refugee Crisis Since WWII. It's Time for Us to Rethink Our Response

Jan Egeland | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Jan Egeland

We cannot keep returning again and again with emergency aid.

UN Helicopter Crash Could Impact Humanitarian Aid for South Sudan

Noel Molony | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Noel Molony

Humanitarian organizations are grappling with what it means for our work and the people we serve if aircrafts carrying relief supplies are shot down from the sky with disregard for the lives on board and the people they were traveling to help.

The Salaam Games: Coming to a Stadium Near You!

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

What if we could bring a broad range of these personalities in the Muslim world together for an event celebrating diversity while showcasing unity, strength, and peace?

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

Celebrating Heroism on Mt. Sinjar, Preparing for What Comes Next

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Michel Gabaudan

During the past few weeks on Mt. Sinjar, we have seen both the worst and the best of what humanity can do.

The Landlocked Island

Dennis Walto | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Dennis Walto

The new refugee caseload now joins the Darfur refugees from the east who have lived in Chad for more than 10 years. In looking at the geographic pressures from all sides, Chad prepares to become the Jordan of Africa, the eye of the regional storm.

Somalia's Future Hinges On Its Youth

Crystal Wells | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Jamel Egal was born the year it all fell apart. 1991. Somali President Siad Barre was overthrown and anarchy overtook the east African nation of Somalia. Warlords filled the void of a central government as lawlessness reigned and war became the norm.

On the Front Lines of the Ebola Outbreak

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

In the face of the deadly Ebola outbreak, 2002 World of Children Award Honoree, Luke Hingson, is leading a major mobilization to help supply desperately needed medical equipment and supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Saving Greece From Within: Greek Volunteers Manage the Impossible

Vasilis Georgiou | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Vasilis Georgiou

The story of how the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko (MCCH) came to be, is the model of how the Greek people can triumph over adversity and...

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. ...

When Asked If They Could Have Anything, They Asked for Toothpaste

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 10.19.2014 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

Clutching a teddy bear in one arm and a balloon in another, the little boy with a deep scar under his eye looked up and asked in Arabic, very gently... almost a whisper: "Khala (aunt) Rym. Can I have toothpaste for my sisters and I?"

World Humanitarian Day: Recognizing Those Who Push Through Daily Obstacles to Deliver Aid

Sandra Black | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Sandra Black

World Humanitarian Day on August 19 is an opportunity to realize that our humanitarian activities, which start to feel routine, have enormous significance for those receiving assistance.

Humanitarians Shouldn't Have to Risk Their Own Lives in Order to Save Others

Valerie Amos | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Valerie Amos

This year on World Humanitarian Day, we are calling on all governments to live up to their commitments to protect humanitarian staff and hold accountable those who attack them.

Honoring the Many Faces of Humanitarian Work

Kim Pozniak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Kim Pozniak

"It's a pleasure to go and help these people who have problems. We feel good. We feel proud of doing this work. We are really happy and if people need something and you come and you provide it, they are really happy."

Humanitarian Top Gun

Tom Young | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Young

Many things make the U.S. a military superpower, and not all of them involve blowing things up. The airdrops of food, water, and other supplies to besieged Yazidi civilians in Iraq highlight a corner of the U.S. military has particular usefulness for humanitarian purposes.

Don't Give In to Anti-Semitism; Act Against Injustice

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

To give in to visceral expressions of hatred aimed against an entire people is morally unjustified. It's also destructive and does nothing to right the actual wrong. It names the wrong party.

Gaza: This Is No Life

Karl Schembri | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Karl Schembri

Every 6-year-old in Gaza is now living through the third war in their life. Aside from the risks they face of being injured or killed, one cannot begin to fathom what this means for their long-term mental health and well-being.