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Remembering the Humanity Behind the Numbers

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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.

Wired Humanitarianism

Robert Muggah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Robert Muggah

The humanitarian community finds itself looking inward as it confronts twenty-first century emergencies. Some of the old guard worry that the explosive growth of relief and development organizations is diminishing their efficiency and effectiveness and in some cases politicizing aid.

Typhoon Haiyan: Global Social Workers Helping for the Long Haul

Trooper Sanders | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Trooper Sanders

Months from now, once the world's media has moved on to other stories and our focus has shifted to new issues, some will wonder how Typhoon Haiyan's victims are faring. Rest assured that there will be social workers in the Philippines and around the world standing by them and working tirelessly for them.

If I'm Changing the World for the Better Why Do I Feel So Bad?

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Cunningham

If we want to stand for what we believe, to change the world for the better, I am convinced we must learn to make choices not just based on "what we can do," but based on "what we can do and still stay sane and healthy."

Freedom Season: The Time Is Right to Free Tarek Loubani and John Greyson

Farah Mawani | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Farah Mawani

This time of year has become Freedom Season for me. On September 21, 2011, my precious friends Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, were freed after being held hostage by the Iranian regime for 2 years and 2 months.

Obama's Principled "Red Line" on Syria (Which, By the Way, Worked)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against Syrian president Bashar al...

The action we can take on Syria

A View from the United Nations | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
A View from the United Nations

By Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator The crisis in Syria and the use of chemical wea...

With No Perfect Option on Syria, President Obama's Call for Congressional Action Is a Win-Win

Bradford Kane | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Bradford Kane

If Congress approves the proposal, then President Obama's ability to conduct effective military action will be strengthened. Even if Congress rejects the president's proposal, he still benefits.

On World Humanitarian Day, Reflecting On What My Daughter's Life Might Have Been

Kim Keller | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Kim Keller

Seven years ago, I brought my daughter home from the orphanage, and my life was dramatically changed. But it wasn't until a recent trip to Yetebon, Ethiopia that I realized just how dramatically I had changed hers.

Why We Do What We Do: A U.N. Security Officer Reflects on World Humanitarian Day

Gordon J. Brown | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Gordon J. Brown

I am frequently asked why I keep doing this job, and I have to say that sometimes I wonder myself. It's a question equally valid if asked of all humanitarian workers: Why do we keep doing this?

President Bill Clinton: Don't Worry About Yesterday, Embrace Tomorrow

Rana Florida | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

The "Explainer in Chief" believes that successful leadership starts by asking the right questions. But great leaders are good listeners too. And while they forge new paths, they also build consensus and "creative networks of cooperation."

Who Will Fix the United Nations Security Council?

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Robert Muggah

Not surprisingly, governments and civil societies at the sharp end of these missions -- especially in Africa, the Americas and Asia -- are demanding a greater say in decisions that affect them. Questions of international peace and security are frankly too important to be decided by five countries alone.

Iran's Election Win Warrants U.S. Sanctions Rethink

Michael Shank | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

As the elections signified, it is the Iranian people who will ultimately shape the destiny of Iran. And it is the Iranian people who have borne the brunt of sanctions, and it is these human impacts that must always be at the forefront of U.S. sanctions policy considerations.

Which Way Is The Front Line From Here

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Molly Rowan Leach

Approaching the two-year anniversary of Tim's tragic death in Misrata covering the risings of the Arab Spring, Sebastian Junger, his close friend and co-director of their Oscar-nominated Restrepo has created an extraordinary documentary of his friend's life.

Time for a Humanitarian Solution to Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Jamal Abdi

In the past week, Iran has been struck by two earthquakes that have killed dozens of people and leveled hundreds of homes. And because of the political standoff with Iran's government, Americans are largely unable to provide any help.

A Cultural Device: Charity

Rob Cipriano | Posted 04.19.2013 | Impact
Rob Cipriano

As with most of us, there is something that provokes within that calls us to deliberate about things that we would rather not. For the most part, we a...

Sex Trafficking: High Tech's Humanitarian Revolt Against the Johns

Rebekah Iliff | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Rebekah Iliff

Every year, against their will, scared, alone and traumatized, 2 million children are forced to have sex. What if those being held as modern-day slaves could harness accessible technology to flip the script?

Giving the Gift of Sight at the John Fawcett Foundation - Bali, Indonesia

Getrude Matshe | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Getrude Matshe

I visited the John Fawcett Foundation while on holiday in Bali, Indonesia and was inspired to make this series of videos to share the amazing work they are doing to give people back the gift of sight.

Arms Trade Treaty: Myths and Realities

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 05.27.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The leadership of the National Rifle Association and their allies are mounting a campaign of lies and fear to build American opposition to the treaty, inaccurately arguing that the treaty would infringe on Americans right to bear arms.

Sarah Costa | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

We need to be sure women and girls are safe whether they are caught in the first stages of a crisis or in a long-term refugee situation, whether they are living in a refugee camp or in an urban setting.