The women and children of South Sudan, are amongst the most vulnerable. The protracted emergencies and complete absence of social services is destroying the human capital base and potential of the youngest country in the world.
It was hard to explain then what had happened, what we had always expected as the tragic ending of things, human frailty the point of mourning and grief. And wasn't epic loss what made us tell our stories?
The attacks of Al-Shabaab have been portrayed as a fight between Kenyans and Somalis. Though perhaps politically convenient, characterising Al-Shabaab as a Somali problem that can be solved through actions that target the Somali population ignores the evidence.
The practice of giving daily has changed my life. In 2012, I co-founded The Pollination Project which makes daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.
Peter spoke softly, looking at the ground as he explained how he arrived at this displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Juba, capital city of the world's newest nation, South Sudan.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which I represent in Côte d'Ivoire and whose mandate includes the eradication of statelessness, estimates that hundreds of thousands of people are stateless or at risk of statelessness in West Africa.
Each woman's experience is unique, but meeting Justine gave me a glimpse into the challenges that expecting mothers face in communities that lack basic health care.
This is a speech I gave last year at a high school where students raised funds to help flood victims in central Vietnam. As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War is coming up this April 30, 2015, I am posting it to commemorate the date. It will also mark my 40th year in America, having fled Vietnam as a child two days before the war ended.
Yesterday, a New York City cop made the mistake of cursing out an Uber taxi driver while his passenger recorded the whole thing on video. This was a big mistake, because today he was removed from his job on the 'Terrorism Task Force.'
We prayed and dreamed that this would be the beginning of the end of the horror; that 2015 would put the past four years behind us and bring the long-awaited end to the blood on our hands - the lost fathers, the grieving mothers, the broken children, the destroyed cities and the squandered aspirations.
While the brutal atrocities of ISIL dominate media headlines, the long-term toll that the conflict is taking on the millions who have fled their homes does not receive the sustained attention it deserves.
A Syrian refugee who lost nearly everything and has lived in this desolate camp for almost three years, Mohammed al Krad offered an unexpected message of resiliency.
Wafa Fadel Saed Jawad sits in a chair amongst a pile of various t-shirts. At 45, she has been living as a refugee in Jordan after fleeing Iraq in 2003. What makes Jawad different from other refugee women is the sparkle in her eye when she talks about her home-based business.
ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house."
We keep chasing crises. The international community -- humanitarians, journalists, funders, and general public -- go from one emergency to another, forgetting the ones left behind, until we end up back at an old one because... it's again a crisis!
The Syrian conflict, which this month enters its fifth year, shows no sign of easing. Since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than eleven million -- half of the population -- have been forced to flee the fighting and are now displaced inside the country.