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Half of Syrian Children Don't Go To School. This Needs to Change.

Michael Klosson | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Michael Klosson

Making sure that Syrian children are learning is the right thing to do. It also protects children and youth from being exploited by child labor, early marriage, and recruitment by armed groups.

Humanitarian Crises: The Business Response

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Badr Jafar

Communities in crisis lead to vulnerable societies. And vulnerable societies are prone to all kinds of social and economic degradation, including the rise of hopelessness, extremism and instability.

Bowie: A World Class Humanitarian

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

I met David Bowie in 1994, during the war in Bosnia. Bowie was deeply troubled by ethnic cleansing of Bosniak Muslims by Croats and Serbs.

Stop the New Arms Race Before It's Too Late

Beatrice Fihn | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Beatrice Fihn

If nuclear war happened today, it wouldn't be two blocks of states challenging each other in a deadly arms race, but also the "new kids on the nuclear block," such as India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

Building Bridges: Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination

Louis Belanger | Posted 01.05.2016 | 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.

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.

Mother, Hope and the Meaning of Christmas

Joel Peterson | Posted 12.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joel Peterson

I came to understand as never before what Christmas is. Christmas is not in the glitter and props and material objects offered and received. It is not in rituals, half pagan, whose meanings had long been forgotten.

Political Bickering Will Prove Deadly in Nepal this Winter

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Ambassador Tony Hall

This winter, millions of Nepalese children are at risk of losing their lives as a result of a political squabble between India and Nepal. I just retu...

The Best Way to Protect Children? Support Education

Up For School | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Up For School

Photo: Russell Watkins/UK Department for International Development By Alex K. Monroe, Senior Campaigns Manager, Walk Free Movement Months after...

Women's Rights Activist Learned A Big Lesson After Revealing A 'Shameful' Secret

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.25.2015 | OWN

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Remembrance: The Death in Exile of Cuban Patriot Jorge Valls

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 10.29.2015 | Miami
Barbara E. Joe

On October 22, the death of my close friend Jorge Valls affected me deeply, reawakening a pain always close to my consciousness after the sudden death of my oldest son years ago. Even though Jorge was 82, his demise was unexpected. We talked by phone only recently.

Refugee Crisis on Leros -- Report From the Ground

Judith Ansara | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Judith Ansara

After a 4-day "layover" on the island of Farmakonisi with no food, water or shelter, hundreds of hungry, sea-ravaged men, women, and children arrive by the boatloads here on Leros.

Why We Need A Sustainable Development Goal for Forced Human Displacement

Sharon Waxman | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Sharon Waxman

Refugees seeking safety in Europe have captured the world's attention, and appropriately so. The images of families crossing the Mediterranean on rafts are truly horrifying.

The Art of Being Alive Series: What does PEACE Mean for the World Today?

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Adedayo Fashanu

Recently, I got in a conversation with a friend about the issues facing us as a human race; I ended up breaking down in tears. She said, "It sounds as if you are just waking up." Indeed, it feels as if I have just been awoken to see the realities of the world for what it really is.

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.

Young People on Frontlines of Humanitarian Response

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

We can no longer afford to leave young people behind. It is time to make the humanitarian system work for young people by engaging them, addressing the particular risk factors they face, and maximizing their ability to drive a local response.

The Jesus We Love

Richard Stearns | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

I find there is a Jesus who everybody loves, the Jesus who modeled what it means to show compassion to the stranger, care for the widow, bind up the wounds of the hurting, and heal the sick. This Jesus continues to attract admirers and followers.

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

CRS Cares for Migrants in Serbia

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Imagine, for a second, your favorite public park. Now imagine that park as a temporary home to thousands of people fleeing war, violence and poverty.

Education in Emergencies: Why Now is the Time to Act

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

There is a HUGE piece missing in making it possible for these women and men to save as many lives and support the rebuilding of as many families and communities as possible. That missing piece is education.

On Bangui's Once Blood-Stained Streets, Delicate Signs of a Slowly Returning Peace

Crystal Wells | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

For people in Bangui, December 5, 2013 was a day so horrific it does not need a month or year to identify it. Instead, it is referred to simply as 'le cinq' or 'the fifth.'

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

Celebrating the Humanitarian in Sport

Eli Wolff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Sports
Eli Wolff

Just as we celebrate the athletes who score amazing goals and bring us fantastic finishes, it is equally important to celebrate the humanitarians who utilize the platform of sport to champion social issues and social change.

Recommitting to the US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Donald Kerwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The US refugee protection system has long been a centerpiece of the international refugee regime and US humanitarian programs. US protection policies and practices -- for better and worse -- have immense human consequences and influence on other states.

You Can't Do Everything for Everyone

Melissa Heisler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

Recently I watched a TED talk by Marla Spivak about why bees are disappearing. I learned a lot about how intertwined we are with nature and how some o...