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Helping Refugees From Somalia In Ethiopia And Kenya

July 26, 2011 — In the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times affecting the Horn of Africa, Jesuit Refugee Service has announced plans to step up ongoing work for Somalis in Ethiopia and Kenya, and establish new services in the former.

Humanitarian Action Needs To Be Impartial

Two weeks ago, British newspaper The Guardian published findings of its ongoing investigation into allegations of a fake vaccination program conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in northwest Pakistan. Under the ruse of providing hepatitis B vaccines, the CIA  allegedly attempted to collect DNA samples from Osama bin Laden’s family members in hopes of finding the world’s most wanted terrorist. In response to the allegations, an unnamed U.S.

What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?

When I was a kid and adults asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my answers varied depending on my age: A princess. A marine biologist. A teacher. A writer. 

No one ever answers that question with, “A prostitute.” No one asksto be a prostitute. So why are they the ones who are always arrested and persecuted?

Staff Care Creates a Supportive Community in Chad and Sudan

People in Aid’s Staff Care Project creates a newfound experience for staff care and wellness thinking. The program develops training modules on stress reduction and self-care methods for humanitarian staff. The innovative training program, funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and piloted by People in Aid in Chad and Sudan, was developed for organizations in order to create an enriched process of staff care and wellness.

Minority Groups Stand Up For Rights To Land And Natural Resources In Cambodia

In Cambodia’s northern-most province of Ratanakiri, Sap Lan shows visitors her rice field. The indigenous Kavet woman says that normally by this time the plants are up to her waist. Late rainfall in 2010 meant her rice plants barely reached her ankle. She  counted on harvesting wild fruits and vegetables from the surrounding forest for food and to earn money to buy rice.

A Long Way From Home

“Some people don’t even have a home, mom!”

This was the response scribbled by my 19-year-old daughter on a note I left asking her to clean up the house.  I had written, “This house has been such a mess, I’m starting to dread coming home,” scolding my family for not being tidier.

Hard to believe she had to remind her humanitarian-aid-writer mother that I should be thankful just to have a home. But she’s right. In fact, millions of people don’t have a home; many through no fault of their own.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Reflects On U.S. Media, Women's Role

Amy Ellis Nutt is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and enterprise writer at Newark’s Star Ledger. She is the author of Shadows Bright as Glass: the Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her in-depth investigative reporting on the still unexplained sinking of a fishing boat off the coast of Cape May in 2009, which killed six crew members. She is the recipient of the 2011 Women of Concern Leadership Award sponsored by Concern Worldwide US, the international humanitarian organization.