Hundreds of thousands of families have been making the journey through Europe, including many children who are fleeing violence in places like Syria and Iraq. World Vision videographer Ralph Baydoun is along the border of Serbia and has captured some of their stories.
Get ready for some serious girl talk, because this month, you won't be able to avoid it. The documentary about heroic young Malala comes out this weekend, Tuesday is international girls day, and October is breast cancer awareness month.
During those few minutes, while Ibrahim was crying, the land owner shared something with me. "You know, madame, dealing with sheep is much easier than dealing with these Syrian refugee children." My ears were listening to this man. My eyes were on Ibrahim. My heart was nowhere. It was broken.
Some 12.2 million people, more than half of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. A similar number have been displaced -- between 6.5 million and 7.8 million -- within Syria, and three to four million have been displaced on to neighboring states.
He's only 14, but Samer is already making difficult choices and sacrifices just to get a basic education. Living in a tent in Lebanon after fleeing the fighting in Syria with his mother and brother two years ago, Samer leapt at the first opportunity to return to any kind of schooling.
Isabel Adrian: "I love the idea of cloning! While one of me works on my music, the other me can get writing done. And of course, one clone would probably spend a good chunk of the day eating Swedish candy."
By working with schools, local optometrists, community partners, and a network of sight leaders, Education In Sight bridges the gap between students and comprehensive, quality eye care by bringing the care directly to students in the schools.
Maybe it seems powerful and true because it reminds me of my own history: an immigrant child comes to this country and works his way up and into the system, finding what has become a rare kind of success through hard work and the help of others.
At a time when Pope Francis is asking, "Who am I to Judge?," World Vision USA has decided they can judge -- with impunity and at great cost to those who need them the most. Their reversal is not just sad but sends a catastrophic message to LGBT people.
When we draw lines in the sand to separate us from other believers and from the poor we purport to serve, we are like two people on the side of a swimming pool fighting over doctrine while a child goes under for the third time.