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Resettling Syrian Refugees Won't Destroy The US Economy

Matthew La Corte | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

As the U.S. plans to resettle 10,000 Syrians next year, many are eyeing the news with concern. Yet economic evidence clearly suggests that, despite upfront costs, the long-run impact of resettlement will be neutral -- and could actually trigger modest economic stimulus.

Deploying Military Worked During Ebola Outbreak, But Was 'Last Resort:' Report

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact

DAKAR, Oct 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign military personnel played a crucial role in stemming the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Le...

The Impending Crisis in Ethiopia: A Costly Delay

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Ethiopia is yet again facing a humanitarian crisis that looks set to devastate much of the country's population. Despite impressive growth figures over the last decade, 20 million Ethiopians are still under the poverty line. El Nino related weather is causing drought, destroying any chance of sustained poverty reduction.

What the Holocaust Can Teach Us About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

David Bier | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
David Bier

The State Department's response to the Syrian crisis virtually mirrors its official response to the Holocaust. From the outset of World War II, the State Department set up high security standards on the pretext that refugees could be German spies, while only admitting token numbers.

What About the Syrian Refugees Left Behind?

Bill_Corcoran | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

Humanitarian groups have partnered with community organizations to improve basic services and expand sports and other programs to help ease tensions. But more needs to be done to invest in the development of these fragile states and protect their stability.

Resettlement of Tortured Refugees Must Include Rehabilitative Care

Curt Goering | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Curt Goering

There are more than 40 torture rehabilitation programs in the U.S., operating in 25 states and doing life-saving work with torture survivors -- but each of these already has a waiting list of survivors. Will Syrians in desperate need have to wait months or even years to receive care?

Former Eritrean Asylum Seeker: I Love My Country But I Have No Hope Of Returning

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.21.2015 | World

George Ghebreslassie sought political asylum in the United States after fleeing his home country, Eritrea, in 1999 because of growing violen...

A Crucial Moment to Address Global Migration

Daniel Speckhard | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Speckhard

It took the heartbreaking image of a drowned toddler lying on a beach in Turkey to finally wake the world to a humanitarian crisis that has been long brewing. We are at a "hinge" moment in history in which a number of factors are contributing to people on the move.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.

How Can Biomedical Engineers Help in Global Crises?

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

Engineers, historically, have always responded to crises. Be it the time of a natural calamity or the time of violent conflict, engineers have always been at the leading edge, to defend the most precious of all assets: the human life.

Yemenis Face Terrifying Violence, Extreme Hunger

Antonia Sohns | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Antonia Sohns

Yemen is in crisis. Over 20 million people, nearly 80 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Twelve million people have become food insecure since conflict in Yemen has escalated and 16 million people are without access to drinking water and sanitation.

'Save The Children' Works To Rescue Migrant Children In Italy

Isabella Ferrari | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Isabella Ferrari

A sea of fear divides Europeans from migrants. Migrants fear death on the sea. For Europeans, there was, and still is, the fear of accommodating, of sharing. There's a lack of courage in not putting these people -- who have risked their lives -- first.

Time to Answer Romero's Call to Action

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

As a Catholic, I am proud of my Church for finally recognizing this man of God who lived his faith. As a politician, I continue to be inspired by Romero's example -- his total commitment to the poor and his unwavering commitment to the dignity of every human being.

This Inflatable Hospital Is Helping Earthquake Victims In Rural Nepal

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

An inflatable hospital in rural Nepal is bringing much needed relief to earthquake victims. The 20-bed, 1,000-square-foot temporary structure has b...

Commentary on Disaster Relief - What I've Learned from Nepal, Haiti and Other Natural Disasters

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

What is needed is a global master plan for dealing with emergencies created by natural disasters, because they happen often and all over the globe. Independent organizations and governments should all have to organize and stage their efforts through one agency.

Devastating Earthquake in Nepal: Humanitarian Relief and Tackling Poverty

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

I remember looking at the thousands of flimsy shacks and hovels lining Kathmandu's dusty slums and the sturdier, but still precarious, multi-tiered family homes, and the cheaply-built apartment blocks and ornate temples that collectively give the city its colorful distinctive appearance. We all understood and feared what a big earthquake would surely do there.

'Extremely Resilient' Vanuatu Rebuilds After Cyclone Pam, As Island Nation Moves Forward

Associated Press | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

EFATE, Vanuatu (AP) — The roof from what was once the home of principal Melizabeth Uhi and her staff is now folded over branches high in the trees t...

Inside Syria: A Childhood Silenced

CARE | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact

It never occurred to 8-year-old Ibrahim that his capacity to speak could so easily disappear. But after heavy bombing of his neighborhood, he inexplicably lost the ability to form words.

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Melissa Kushner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new.

Angelina Jolie: We're 'Failing' Millions Of Refugees In Iraq, Syria

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact

Angelina Jolie is demanding the world pay closer attention to the dire needs of displaced Iraqi and Syrian families. The actress visited a refugee...

Sophia Jones

'If We're Going To Go Hungry Here, We Might As Well Be Hungry In Our Own Homes' | Sophia Jones | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For millions of Syrians, a simple food voucher distributed by the United Nations' World Food Program is the only thing ensuring they won...

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

Why $140,000 Worth Of Ebola Aid Is Just Sitting Untouched In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact

A shipment worth $140,000 in medical equipment to fight Ebola arrived in Sierra Leone on Aug. 9. But not a single life-saving resource from the supply...

Children of Ebola Are Now the 'Untouchables'

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

One of Sunday morning's headlines in the NY Times was "Ebola's Cultural Casualty: Hugs in Hands-on Liberia." As a parent and a child advocate I cannot imagine the position so many parents have been put in due to this deadly outbreak.

From Syria to Turkey: Why They Can't Go Back

CARE | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

On September 16th, the northern Syrian town of Kobane, - a town predominantly populated with Kurdish people, on the Turkey border came under siege. Since then, reports state that more than 140,000 refugees have flooded into Turkey.