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Humanitarian Aid

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.

Why South Sudan Needs to Look Back to Move Forward

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

While aid is crucial, especially to the 3.7 million people who are currently experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, transformation for the world's newest country has to come from within.

'Be Quick, But Don't Hurry'

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Crises have a way of swallowing quality and achievement when we allow them to justify haste. The antidote seems to be action that is strategic, reflective, and urgent.

12 Reasons to Take Your Kids Around the World

J.D. Lewis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
J.D. Lewis

My passion now includes speaking to children and adults, alike, on the subject of travel and "volun-tourism." Here's a list of twelve good reasons to hit the road with your kids.

Necessary and Sufficient: Protecting Syria's Children

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

A refugee crisis is anything but fair, though. Donors want results; the media wants stories; the government wants greater support; and refugees want effective assistance. But, it is the children that need protecting. If we bungle protecting them, what else could possibly matter?

This Teen Got 4-Lb. Facial Tumor Removed Thanks To Businessman Who 'Couldn't Give Up On Her'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact

When Larry O’Reilly returned to Haiti in 2012, he was excited to see the school girl he'd taken under his wing. But O'Reilly was shocked at the sigh...

Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan: Struggling to Move on Without a Mother

World Vision | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
World Vision

It is easy to say that a damaged structure or a destroyed livelihood is already in the recovery phase. But how can we define moving on or recovery for a child who lost her mother during the typhoon?

Survivors Face 'Long Road' To Recovery 6 Months After Typhoon Haiyan Slammed Philippines

AP | TERESA CEROJANO | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Six months after the strongest typhoon to hit land killed his mother and tore down much of their house in the eastern Phi...

Displaced Women & Children Carry the Heaviest Burden: We Have a Duty to Support Them with the Right Protection & Services

Sarah Costa | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Twenty-five years ago, a small group of women traveled from the United States to Hong Kong to bear witness to atrocities occurring in "closed camps" that were holding refugees who had fled Vietnam.

On the Syrian Border, an Orphanage Provides Hope for the Future

Chris Looney | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Chris Looney

"We are going to turn all this into a garden," says Atassi, waving her hand towards the driveway. Looking out over the barren property, it seems like an impossible task. But as we leave, I notice a single red rose blooming among a small patch of weeds.

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

Half A Million North Korean Children No Longer Receive Food Aid

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month no long...

The Powerful New Way to Help Syrian Children Now

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

Syrian children continue to suffer immeasurably -- targeted by snipers, enduring hunger and displacement from their homes, a lack of health care, and the unsanitary conditions of massive refugee camps stretching out for miles.

Three Million Syrians Go Hungry as UN Waits

John Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
John Jackson

The UN has the legal right to cross the border without consent from the regime. Now is not the time to wait for unanimous legal opinion, because unanimity will never come. Now is the time to start the trucks and drive that aid to the millions who need it. But instead, we wait.

Why Is the World Abandoning South Sudan?

World Vision | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
World Vision

Along with horrific violence making humanitarian access difficult, the political instability is threatening South Sudan's harvest season, so the real fear is hunger.

In South Sudan, Humanitarian Action Is a Palliative, Not a Long-Term Solution

Toby Lanzer | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Toby Lanzer

While the needs of people in South Sudan require urgent attention, and continued funding, we must keep in mind that emergency operations can only assist them in the short-term.

South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

The people of South Sudan face a spiral of conflict, displacement, and hunger that this fragile, young country can ill afford.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

Music for Peace

Isha Judd | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Isha Judd

Why are so many of our songs based on loss and unrequited yearning? Is that really what moves our hearts more than joy and pleasure? More than compassion and peace?

World Vision: The Poor, the Gay, and the Wisdom of Solomon

Robert Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Robert Hall

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.

Lifting All Boats

Hardy Vieux | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Here in Jordan, we, in the humanitarian aid community, are addressing the myriad, stubborn problems born of the Syrian civil war.

3.5 Million Syrians Would Be Reached If UN Could Just Get Consent To Help

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 28 (Reuters) - The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Friday urged Syria's ...

What Next for the UN Security Council and Humanitarian Access in Syria?

Camilla Barker | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Camilla Barker

Overall, this first report evidences minimal progress in implementing Resolution 2139 and gives little hope for remedying the humanitarian access crisis in Syria.

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.