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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? 

Hurricane Harvey: What I Can Do to Help?

Written by Episcopal Relief & Development President, Robert W. Radkte 

As the scope and devastation of Hurricane Harvey became apparent, my email box began to fill with some version of: “What can I do to help?” I praise God for these emails.

When we see images of people suffering, we want to do something. That’s understandable. As Christians, we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people and never more so than in times of crisis.

Waiting anxiously for evacuees

By Ridwan Adhami for Islamic Relief USA. Omar Nassimi contributed to this blog.

I’m standing in the middle of a convention center in Dallas and there are cots lined up as far as I can see.

Almost all of them are still empty because people still can’t get out of Houston to get here.

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