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Humanitarian Aid

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. ...

When Asked If They Could Have Anything, They Asked for Toothpaste

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 10.19.2014 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

Clutching a teddy bear in one arm and a balloon in another, the little boy with a deep scar under his eye looked up and asked in Arabic, very gently... almost a whisper: "Khala (aunt) Rym. Can I have toothpaste for my sisters and I?"

World Humanitarian Day: Recognizing Those Who Push Through Daily Obstacles to Deliver Aid

Sandra Black | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Sandra Black

World Humanitarian Day on August 19 is an opportunity to realize that our humanitarian activities, which start to feel routine, have enormous significance for those receiving assistance.

Humanitarians Shouldn't Have to Risk Their Own Lives in Order to Save Others

Valerie Amos | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Valerie Amos

This year on World Humanitarian Day, we are calling on all governments to live up to their commitments to protect humanitarian staff and hold accountable those who attack them.

Honoring the Many Faces of Humanitarian Work

Kim Pozniak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Kim Pozniak

"It's a pleasure to go and help these people who have problems. We feel good. We feel proud of doing this work. We are really happy and if people need something and you come and you provide it, they are really happy."

Humanitarian Top Gun

Tom Young | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Young

Many things make the U.S. a military superpower, and not all of them involve blowing things up. The airdrops of food, water, and other supplies to besieged Yazidi civilians in Iraq highlight a corner of the U.S. military has particular usefulness for humanitarian purposes.

Don't Give In to Anti-Semitism; Act Against Injustice

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

To give in to visceral expressions of hatred aimed against an entire people is morally unjustified. It's also destructive and does nothing to right the actual wrong. It names the wrong party.

Gaza: This Is No Life

Karl Schembri | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Karl Schembri

Every 6-year-old in Gaza is now living through the third war in their life. Aside from the risks they face of being injured or killed, one cannot begin to fathom what this means for their long-term mental health and well-being.

The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Protecting Refugee Children at our Borders

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 09.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

This is 2014, when hundreds of angry protesters in Murietta, California, chant "USA, USA, USA" while blocking a busload of hungry, tired, lonely children from a long journey in search of a concrete floor to serve as a bed.

Living Gaza's Horror From Beyond Borders

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Hani Almadhoun

My father risks his life every day going to his grocery store to make sure people have the supplies they need to break their fast. But he tells me the supplies are running low everywhere in Gaza.

Children of Syria

Hind Kabawat | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Hind Kabawat

Teenagers joining extremist groups are a growing sign of the desperation facing young Syrian refugees. It should also be a stark warning to the outside world that has been content to stand by while the fighting continues.

U.N. Reaches 'Breakthrough' Resolution In Getting Aid To Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it has already positioned supplies for the first convoys that will deliver aid from several ...

Life in Gaza: When Will the Killing Be Over?

CARE | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
CARE

My children have lived through three wars in six years. I want them to live and sleep in peace without worry or trauma. They want a childhood. They deserve a childhood.

Rebuilding Countries by Building Leaders

Hardy Vieux | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Hardy Vieux

Let's dream big for a moment. And let's build a regional leadership institute in Jordan that will nurture young Jordanian and Syrian leaders.

U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.

Conflict and Late Rains Drive Thousands from Their Homes in Somalia

Crystal Wells | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Shukri Sheikh Ali thought this year would be different. It was to be a time of rebuilding, of recovering, of returning home. Instead, she is starting over once again from scratch, her land thirsty for rain and her village emptied by conflict.

When Is 70 Percent Better Than 100 Percent?

Hardy Vieux | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

What if those of us searching for solutions made peace with the fact that we just do not -- and, perhaps, may not -- fully understand all of the contours of some of the seemingly intractable problems facing the Syrian refugee population?

Education That Makes a Difference

Hardy Vieux | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Hardy Vieux

Societies in conflict need dynamic thinkers and leaders to help resolve and recover from that conflict.

Foreign Aid Is Not Charity. It's Smart Investing.

BloombergBusinessweek | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support Pres...

My Country Is Gone

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

The bombings alone didn't force Anout and her family to flee their home in a small Syrian town near the border with Iraq. Nor did the missile attacks. Nor the scarcity of food, the closing of all the schools, the loss of electricity. Anout's family -- two boys and three girls -- endured all of it.

Our Mandate Is Held Hostage by a Political Conflict

Ertharin Cousin | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Ertharin Cousin

We must raise the alarm! In Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles every day, that further limi...

Honoring the Fallen Aid Workers Among Us

Lauren Rajczak | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Lauren Rajczak

Many do not realize the deliberative, complex process that goes into addressing the needs of those suffering while balancing the need to protect the lives of international and national staff.

InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

Joseph Peterson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent confe...

Happy in Syria? I Know What You're Thinking Right Now

Laila Alawa | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Laila Alawa

The video opens up on smiling laughing children. It's your normal "Happy" video -- joining videos from America, Germany, Egypt and Australia, to name a few -- but there's a slight twist to it: The people in the video are Syrian.

Time to Enforce the Security Council's Syria Resolution

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the human rights community, this could be the start of a more rigorous effort to aid millions of Syrian's trapped in the fighting.