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Motivated Millennials

Chris Schortgen | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Chris Schortgen

The world's water crisis is a large problem to wrap your head around. Every year nearly 3.4 million people will die from preventable waterborne illnesses. Every 21 seconds, a child will die from a preventable waterborne illness.

How A Truck Stuck In The Mud Nearly Derailed A Plan To Save 60,000 Syrians

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Following international outcry over the Syrian regime’s tactical starvation of civilians in Madaya, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope...

Desplazados: The Invisible Citizens

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

As we boarded the plane from Boston to Medellin, Colombia, and our tickets were being scanned one by one, we realized the importance of being counted.

Documenting the Border: A Photo Essay

Marisel Moreno | Posted 01.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

The border is a place characterized by intense contradictions. That's my conclusion after spending almost a week in southern Arizona as part of a faculty immersion seminar to learn about border issues.

Medellin: The Right Place and Time for Collaborative Learning in Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Today marks Day 2 of the Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health course -- a project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), in collaboration with the University of Antioquia School of Medicine.

Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Dare we say that despite our hopeful holiday wishes for peace, the present looks grim? How can we begin to heal? Where does peace begin?

Building Bridges: Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination

Louis Belanger | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Louis Belanger

By definition, humanitarians are not the biggest supporters of the military. The aid community also tend to fiercely defend its independence and impartiality, especially in conflict areas. Still, the reality is that in many humanitarian emergencies, the military is indeed very useful.

A Milestone for Syrian Refugees

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 12.31.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

One million -- and counting -- is the number of refugees and economic migrants who have made the trek to Europe, according to figures compiled by the International Organization for Migration.

How to Save Lives When You Travel

Amanda Walkins | Posted 12.29.2015 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Traveling ignites something in the soul - there's no denying that. Every new experience, every new place explored, and every cultural barrier knocked down brings about a change in our perspectives and in the very way we live our lives.

"As Long as You Have Life, You Have Hope:" A Village in Liberia Tries to Find Hope and Healing after Ebola

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

When everyone died in the house next door, Lorpu Titus, 44, thought she was next. "I was so depressed," Lorpu says. "I would just sit at home feeling ...

Reflecting on 2015: What Images Inspire You?

Lindsay Coates | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Images can accomplish in a glance what we try to persuade others of every day. We, who fight to end global poverty and promote human dignity, can quickly get into the minutia of microfinancing in Iraq or improving food security in Togo - and that is important.

In Guinea, Disbelief Around Ebola as Stubborn as the Virus Itself

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Crystal Wells

Guinea was the source of the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. As the virus cut its deadly path through families, communities and a worried nation, it was aided by unwilling accomplices--rumors, suspicion and misinformation.

How to Help Syrian Refugees this Holiday Season

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Kate Lincoln is a child protection lawyer in the UK who came to Leros this summer on vacation. But upon learning about the refugee crisis there, she felt called to stay and serve. She has been working with the refugees ever since.

The Humanitarian Forecast for 2016: Dynamic, Complex and Increasingly Dangerous

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

If we have learned anything from living in our increasingly globalized world, it is that no community or no nation stands in isolation. For better or worse, we are all connected.

Untold Story of Mid-East Refugees -- Guess Where?

David Tereshchuk | Posted 12.10.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The wider Mid-East region remains convulsed by its unprecedented numbers of "huddled masses", worsened daily by the brutal warfare in Syria, but response in one Mid-East country is going largely unreported in the West.

The Suffering People of Nepal are Facing a Dire Winter

Daniel Speckhard | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Daniel Speckhard

Seven months after the devastating twin earthquakes that killed more than 8,000 people, destroyed over 600,000 homes and damaged hundreds of thousands more, the suffering people of Nepal are facing another catastrophe.

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.