The floods in Pakistan have caused devastation of an unprecedented scale. A huge swath of the country is submerged under water and we are seeing millions of people suffering. The number of people impacted is of a scale not seen before.
After many experiences in global health in Lebanon, Egypt, Israel and Palestine, and the Balkans, I am older, but only mildly wiser. I am now plunging head first into a medical trip to Afghanistan working with CURE International.
Which one should come first? Human life or livestock? At least to some people here, saving livestock means saving their own life because without those livestock living would be as difficult or equal to death.
While nobody would argue that the government shouldn't take all necessary and justifiable steps to prevent terrorism, what rational person would argue that turning extremists away from violence runs contrary to that goal?
This weekend I, like many other fathers in this country, had the joy of celebrating Father's Day with my family. As Dad to five sons, I take special pleasure in helping them to become positive forces in the world.
We recently found out that the government of Haiti identified a site for temporary location of homeless people living in flood-prone settlements in Port-au-Prince. They took two months to identify the site and we had one week to prepare it.
Of the 2.2 billion children that populate the world, 163 million of them are parentless. It's a staggering number -- and one that continues to grow with the persistence of disease, poverty, and warfare.