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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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?
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether one was for or against the U.S. strikes supporting NATO strikes on Syria last September, or one believes that the Syria conflict is a civil war rather than a revolution, Syrian refugees remain the consistent symptom of Syria's plight -- however it is described.
Perhaps it's because I have earned my stripes, know my stuff, have learned and recovered from my failures and I no longer feel the need to take any guff from anyone. That's a tough combination to beat.
In the past week, what started as a political confrontation in South Sudan has descended into serious violence with the potential for mass atrocities. But continued fighting and civil war is not inevitable.