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Concern responds to worsening Rohingya crisis

Up to 400,000 Rohingya have crossed the border of Myanmar into Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing ethnic violence in Rakhine State in the country’s southwest. That’s more than a third of the country’s Rohingya population of roughly 1.1 million people.

In The Name Of Security, Advocates Are Kept Out Of The United Nations

By Emily Bove, Executive Director, and Mónica de Pinto Ribeiro Hancke, Advocacy Manager, at Women Thrive Alliance

The piece was originally published on September 13, 2017, on The Huffington Post.

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Sierra Leone Mudslides — Ebola heroes step up once again

When Ebola broke out in Sierra Leone, it spread quickly through the country’s capital, Freetown, killing thousands. Cemeteries and morgues were overwhelmed. The government needed assistance, and Concern was asked to step in and help manage burial teams. When Kingtom cemetery in the west end of Freetown became full, Concern built a new one in Waterloo, located about 20 miles east of Freetown.

TWO TRAGEDIES, ONE RESTING PLACE

The link between natural disasters, crises, and human trafficking

Hurricane Irma’s rampage through the eastern Caribbean all but decimated St. Martin, Barbuda, and several other islands. Patching back the region’s shattered infrastructure and ruined lives is sure to exact years of misery. That’s an ideal preying ground for human traffickers. Disasters — both natural and man-made — breed chaos, desperation, and displacement.

Condemning Hatred

Like many of you, I was deeply disturbed watching the events in Charlottesville last month and saddened and frustrated with President Trump’s response. Open displays of hatred and accompanying deadly violence should inspire full-throated condemnation and an invocation of the values of openness, inclusion, and compassion that inspires the United States at its best. Anything less runs the risk of further fraying the fabric of society.

Towards a Major Public Health Milestone: Sierra Leone's Progress towards Eliminating River Blindness

River blindness (onchocerciasis) has been known to humankind since “biblical times”. It was second only to cataract as a cause of blindness in Sierra Leone until recently – It used to be so common in some highly-affected riverside villages that people accepted the inevitability of visual impairment from their mid-30s.

Reflections from UNLEASH LAB 2017

1,000 talents, 129 countries, nine days, one challenge: to create something that helps achieve the SDGs. For my group, that was SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. So much of this process seems daunting. 1,000 people?! What are we going to create? How will it be for strangers from different countries and cultures to work together? How can I even begin to make a difference toward achieving access to energy for all in just 5 days? 

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