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Humanitarian Aid

Typhoon Haiyan: Global Social Workers Helping for the Long Haul

Trooper Sanders | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Trooper Sanders

Months from now, once the world's media has moved on to other stories and our focus has shifted to new issues, some will wonder how Typhoon Haiyan's victims are faring. Rest assured that there will be social workers in the Philippines and around the world standing by them and working tirelessly for them.

Where Days Are Like Years: Winter Rains Deepen Suffering of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

His 80 years etched into the deep contours of his face and his sky-blue eyes dimmed with sadness, Abdul raises his voice to be heard over the clatter of rain and says, 'Last night, we were wet and cold. All we have is blankets, nothing else, to stay warm.'

Why We Don't Care About Syria

Richard Stearns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

'We fear you are forgetting us.' This is what Haya, a 10-year-old Syrian refugee who lost her father, told me last week. I was visiting refugees in the Jordanian city of Irbid and spent time with a group of children attending a school supported by World Vision.

A Tale of Two Cyclones

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Jeremy Konyndyk

While much now remains to be done to help bring relief and recovery to those affected by the storm, Cyclone Phailin has shown India's ability to address a major disaster using its own disaster management institutions.

Saving Syria's Girls

CARE | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact

As families struggle to get by financially, girls are often pulled out of school to help care for siblings or to work for extra income. Schools can be overcrowded or non-existent for refugee children -- the very situation Hanan faced.

Chasing Misery or Unleashing Hope? Transforming Poverty in Africa

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Recent research in Ethiopia suggests that a very simple and extremely low-cost approach to development is transforming poverty. And the approach represents a paradigm shift in the way that we deliver aid, by changing our view of the poor from helpless victims to agents of positive change.

Why the Millennium Development Goals Need the Church (and Vice Versa)

Richard Stearns | Posted 11.29.2013 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Christians care intensely about ending poverty, yet too many care little or are completely unaware of history's most significant--and perhaps successful--efforts to end global poverty.

Meet the 'Invisible' Urban Syrian Refugees

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Rep. Lois Capps

While we debate over how to appropriately respond to the actions of the Syrian government, there should be no doubt that the United States needs to assist in ensuring the welfare, protection and safety of refugees, particularly women and children.

Ban Ki-Moon Accused of Union-Busting at UN

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

United Nations workers spend their time on the front lines of the global struggle for human rights, but now they are battling for rights in their own ...

America Can Aid Syrians Without Military Intervention

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Alex Nowrasteh

The United States could help avoid an even worse humanitarian crisis in Syria by guaranteeing Temporary Protected status to all peaceful Syrians who make it to the U.S.

Not Since Rwanda: Will Six Million Syrians Be Forgotten in Geneva?

Tom Andrews | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

While there was division over the question of the launching of a military strike, there should be no debate over the need to lift the barriers that stand in the way of life-saving relief and the millions under siege who have lost everything in Syria.

No Time to Be Silent

John McCullough | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
John McCullough

While we debate the future of President Bashar al-Assad, the most urgent issue is the protection of millions of Syrian people who are already being victimized. The international community must act to prevent the displacement or even worse, the deaths of women, children and men.

Egypt Crisis: Humanity and Logic, Not Found

Assya Moussaid | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Assya Moussaid

The sight of humans getting sniped and shot in the head, a man crying over his wife's corpse, tens of corpses pushed by a bulldozer with the rest of t...

It's Time for a Serious Discussion About Syria: The People

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

I have some great news, folks! You don't have to wait for a congressional vote to do something to help Syrian refugees and displaced families. You can act right now.

Staggering Human Suffering in Another Regional Conflict We Can't Ignore

Sharon Waxman | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Sharon Waxman

Congo's repeated history of violence, including rapes and other atrocities committed against civilian populations, with little to no prosecution and conviction, has encouraged a system of retribution and resorting to violence.

Missile Strikes or No Missile Strikes, Syrians Are Desperate

Jeremy Barnicle | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Jeremy Barnicle

Will there be a Western-led missile strike in response? What would such a strike lead to? Regardless of the answers to these questions, one fact is crystal clear: Syrians are going to continue suffering massively, at least in the near-term, and the world is failing to meet their needs.

Humanitarian Missiles Are Superior to Cruise Missiles

Marc Gopin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Marc Gopin

To be truly competitive with the unwinnable military options we must now inject not just food into the mouths of the innocent, but inject empowerment and preparation for a future into a dying and desperate people.

60 Years Ago This Month: The Israeli Navy Lay the Foundations for a Long Tradition of Humanitarian Aid

David Saranga | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
David Saranga

Sixty years ago this month, long before the Internet was invented, Greece was devastated by one of the most powerful earthquakes Europe had ever experienced.

The Cost of Inaction in Syria: Saying 'No' to Masa

Dominic MacSorley | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Dominic MacSorley

We have a responsibility to the innocent who have been caught in the relentless barrage from all sides, their lives destroyed and lost, and to their host communities, also feeling the weight of the war every day.

Well, There's a Wide Wide World of Noble Causes

Leila Chambers | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Leila Chambers

I met a woman the other day at a cocktail party in Boston. She seemed fun and funny, probably in her late 40's, she had pale skin and freckles, re...

The Power of Women

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Roberta Gately

Whoever the woman was who influenced you the most, remember her, carry her in your heart and pass on the light she shared with you to another.

Finding Inspiration

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Roberta Gately

While Afghanistan's ethnic and border wars have long shaped its violent and stubborn history, it has unfairly colored the world's view of its citizens as well. But the reality is that the Afghans I know are at once both resilient and graceful, and it was these inspiring qualities I hoped to bring to my novel.

In Lebanon, Refugees and Residents Alike Struggle to Survive

Sharon Waxman | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Sharon Waxman

While the humanitarian community must first respond to the most vulnerable refugees -- women, children and those not registered with the UN -- it must take a long-term view. This requires stepped up support for local social service providers.

Rabble Rousing Optimists: Sinclair and Schrode

Erin Schrode | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Erin Schrode

What happens when a classically trained British architect develops an interest in social, cultural, and humanitarian design? Architecture for Humanity is born.

T Girl

Sue Averill | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Sue Averill

I was a 25-year veteran of various emergency departments and had been involved in volunteer work for about five years, but never in Africa, never for this long and never doing this type of work.