I asked friends that I met through working on this cause to reflect back on 13 years of Darfur. Below are answers from fellow activists in the U.S., refugee friends in camps in Chad, and Darfuris living in that remote, mostly forgotten land.
A little more than a year after Muhammad Ali lit the Olympics flame in Atlanta, creating perhaps the most emotionally satisfying moment in Olympics history, I was asked to join a small group accompanying Ali on a humanitarian mission.
By protecting the right to sexual and reproductive health, we will better ensure accountability to affected populations, address the special needs of women and adolescent girls, and contribute to their empowerment and participation in decision-making.
We can tap into America's compassionate, philanthropic spirit, and leverage our existing technological platforms. Let's show our dithering bureaucrats and politicians that Americans don't accept sitting on the sidelines as people die.
In the next decade, most of the world's acutely vulnerable people will be living in fragile and conflict-affected cities and States. If current trends persist, conflict will continue to consume 80 percent of humanitarian funding, setting back development by trillions of dollars.
The federal government has taken steps to ramp up resettlement in recent weeks, but the tremendous effort it will take to reach both goals remains lofty. In fact, we are currently on pace to resettle fewer refugees than last year despite the 2016 goal being 15,000 more.
It's 6 a.m. and the sound of airstrikes startle her awake. She rushes to the window, which is shielded in plastic to protect the 110 staff living in this UN compound from shrapnel. She breathes a sigh of relief.
Although fraught with challenges, the very promise of greater priority to human rights and socio-economic freedoms seemed enticing. Ironically, however, the promise has lately been eclipsed by hardcore realism.
The attitude of rejection stems from fear and a desire to exploit fear, which is something all decent-minded citizens cannot allow. We must show compassion for those who need our help, and not act out of fear, ignorance and a misplaced sense of self-preservation.
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.
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.
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.