I'd like to be Ariana Grande's puppy, if only for a day. I first saw Sirius Black on Ariana's Instagram, a big-eyed mixed breed adopted bouncing ball of curly black fur, ensconced in a soft tan leather seat on a private jet.
I wanted to know how the global community can best help South Sudan, so I interviewed Nanthaniel Chol Nyok, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who recently returned from the refugee camps where he visited his family.
If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.
When it comes to tackling sexual and gender based violence, as well as gender equality, it's time for leaders in South Sudan and the international community to follow the leadership displayed by Josephine and the inspiring women of South Sudan.
Imagine if war came to your community. What if you lost your whole income and food supplies became more limited each day? Farms and factories that supply food could no longer function because of the violence.
I remember the day in April 2001 when Bob Simon flew into northern Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp to cover the Lost Boys, a story that has become among the most watched in 60 Minutes' history, and that Bob followed for the next twelve years.
Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.
One of the main reasons we are seeing such extreme sexual violence in South Sudan is the country's pervasive culture of impunity. The perpetrators - - including members of the police, army and armed militias -- know that there is no rigorous justice system and almost no risk of consequences.
Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.
Dozens of donors today pledged some $418 million to the United Nations' CERF at the annual high-level conference. The funds will support critical, life-saving humanitarian operations in 2015.
In October, the Government signed a joint communiqué with the United Nations in which it agreed to concrete measures for the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.
Failing to protect children from violence, exploitation and the impacts of chronic stress will have a long-term impact on them, and with 60 percent of South Sudan's population under 18, it could dramatically shape future generations of the world's youngest nation.
On this Giving Tuesday, where charity is a priority for all of us who have shelter, health and peace, we all must act on behalf of the 51 million.
"This is a prison," says Peter Malek, pointing to the razor-wire topped mud barrier which marks the perimeter of the camp that has been his home since he was forced to flee his home village nine months ago. "If I go outside those walls, I could easily be killed."
As an eternal optimist, I look at Ebola as an opportunity. This is the world's chance to partake in a massive paradigm shift where attention is given to issues before they become catastrophic.
The dry season, which starts in November, is crucial for South Sudan. In the absence of peace, and there still is no good news on that front, violence is likely to escalate as it becomes easier to move troops, tanks and artillery by road.