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Bosnia Muslim Community Urges Safety and Release of Hostages

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let there be no doubt that those who commit such horrific acts in the name of the "Islamic State" or Islam will be judged by the Muslim community of BiH (traditionally also Sunni) as violating Islamic values as well as inconsistent with our experience.

An Expedient and Dishonest Trade-Off by the UN in Darfur

Eric Reeves | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Eric Reeves

The world has decided that attention is more warranted elsewhere than in Darfur and the other deeply impoverished and malnourished populations of Sudan. But it is shameful in the extreme for the UN to make it impossible for us to judge just how living conditions in Darfur really are -- statistically speaking.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

Robin Williams: Oh Captain, My Captain in Life and Death

Maya Mathias | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Maya Mathias

I didn't get to meet Robin. Yet, like so many of you, I felt like I knew him. I'd had the privilege of peering into those sensitive blue eyes on TV or in the movies, and I believed that I'd plumbed the depths of his soul.

With Fighting, There Will Be Too Much Famine

Crystal Wells | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

"If peace comes, we will go home," she says, wiping sweat from her brow. "We will rebuild our tukuls [homes] and send our children to school. If [peace does not come] we will stay here, because we have nowhere to go."

Friends and Diaspora of South Sudan Urge Leaders to Choose Peace

Pam Omidyar | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Pam Omidyar

This week, friends of South Sudan and members of the Diaspora wrote a letter to the leaders of South Sudan reminding them of the vision and the determination that inspired their struggle and achieved their success.

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

Why Do We Have A Passion For What We Do?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 08.12.2014 | Good News
Olayiwola A. Alara

If you have ever developed one for a vision, a dream, a purpose, a cause where the struggle to see it through seems challenging and overwhelming but you do not know how to stop fighting, you have not lost your mind, your passion is intentional and deliberate, it is what keeps the engine running.

A Parent's Courage

Julieta Garibay | Posted 08.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Julieta Garibay

I saw firsthand the pain of refugees knocking at our nation's door trying to stay alive. We can't forget that this debate must be centered on the simple fact that they're human beings.

Children in the Desert

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This crisis needs a compassionate response from every city and our entire nation. I shudder when I see the angry outbursts about these helpless children coming from some communities.

Poop-Eating Worm

Claire Bernard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Claire Bernard

Oxfam is testing the Tiger Worm Toilets, aka the poop-eating worm toilets, with several West Point residents. But judging from the smell, the construction of a toilet wasn't working well enough to keep the community healthy.

How to Achieve Israel's Stated Goal of Long-Term Quiet

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

There are too many wounds and grievances on either side to make bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestine a success. By calling for a pact between Israel and Hamas, the United Nations is only postponing the next inevitable round of violence to another day.

LeBron James and the Return of the Role Model

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

We need to get rid of this idea that African American men need to constantly show deference to avoid vilification. This idea is deeply connected to the expectations held of African Americans both in slavery and the Jim Crow South.

June 26 -- Honoring the Strength and Spirit of Torture Survivors

Curt Goering | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is a testament to the power of healing and the resilience of torture survivors. It is a day to show our respect for and solidarity with them. It is a day to let them know they are not forgotten.

On World Refugee Day, Let's Commit to Make the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict a Priority

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

From physical and psychological abuse, rape and genital mutilation to exploitation and human trafficking, gender-based violence (GBV) has profound and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities.

Stories Are Not for Sale

Pam Allyn | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

To be champions of what is right, we must act in the right. Strength and change start with truth.

Kenneth Bae: When One Hurts, All Hurt

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

May is AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) Heritage month. During this month, we need to remember the case of Kenneth Bae. We need to make a moral appeal for his release and put the spotlight back on his case.

Providing Shelter From the Storm

Sean Penn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Sean Penn

Today, the country is at a tipping point. The most recent events in Bor and Bentiu are alarming. They bear all the troubling signs of a country drifting into a dangerous polarization of the conflict along ethnic lines which is about to spin out of control.

An Interview With Rod Benson on Journalism and Democracy

Max Benavidez | Posted 06.29.2014 | Media
Max Benavidez

Journalism is at a major crossroads. The digital revolution has turned print and broadcast upside down and although the media are more successful than ever on many levels, the traditional role of journalism as democracy's watchdog is at risk.

Remembering the Humanity Behind the Numbers

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

There comes a point in every humanitarian crisis when the world starts to lament the transformation of tragedies into mere numbers. Every day we are inundated with statistics portraying the direness of situations worldwide.

What I Have Learned From Hugging 7,000 People

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Lisa Mae Brunson

I was in awe. This 'simple' act of kindness had the ability to restore life! How many others out there craved love in the form of a hug? How many longed for the touch of another, yet were denied this act of grace?

The Simple Touch: Children of Syria Continue to Pay the Price for Conflict

World Vision | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
World Vision

There are words we are trained not to use as humanitarian communicators. "Traumatized" is one of them. It's a word with a very specific meaning applied in specific circumstances. But as I looked at this little boy standing with a plastic gun aimed at my head, I could think of no other word.

Through a Humanitarian Lens: An Unusual Year

Chris Herlinger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

If we look at 2013 through a humanitarian lens, what do we see?

The Wisdom of Altruism

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

There are increasing signs that selfishness is winning out over altruism in this society. The trend isn't hidden. The backlash over Obamacare comes do...

Nurses for Edna -- A Medical Mission to Hargesia, Somaliland

Nancy Leigh Harless | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nancy Leigh Harless

In August 2013, Wanda Chestnut, Kim Law and Kerra Plesko, three members of the Nurses for Edna team, left for Hargesia, Somaliland. Due to a death in the family the last nurse, Sarah David, joined them two weeks later.