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The Plight of Migrant Workers: Can Local Policies Solve a Global Scourge?

A dozen Pakistani men in a labor camp stuffed into one un-air-conditioned room in Bahrain, where summertime temperatures can average more than 100 degrees. Filipina maids toiling 12-hour days in Hong Kong with no guaranteed minimum wage.

Rohingyas Reach Paradise With Stories of Tragedy

REACHING PARADISE

It is beyond hot in the bamboo and plastic shelter that clings to a muddy hillside near the entrance to Hakim Para camp. The roof is a sheet of black plastic, which under the heat of the sun raises the temperature to around 110 degrees. A small cooking fire smolders in the corner and the sound of rainfall is steady and loud.

These are definitely not ideal living conditions, but for Shaju* it’s paradise. “Here I have peace,” she says.

The world's ten hungriest countries

Worldwide, 815 million people still go hungry — a staggering figure that translates into one out of nine people. While global hunger levels have declined by 27% since 2000, according to the 2017 Global Hunger Index, 45% of deaths of children under five are linked to malnutrition. The report, released by Concern Worldwide, German aid agency Welthungerhilfe, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), highlights massive food inequality around the globe.

10. TIMOR-LESTE

People power brings clean water to Central African Republic

When armed fighters came to Julien Dieudonné’s* village, he fled into the bush with his family. They lived in hiding for three months, foraging for food to survive.

Julien lives in Kouango in Central African Republic (CAR), a region decimated by conflict. Recently, soldiers attacked villages in the area, burning nearly 500 homes to the ground and forcing the population to flee for their lives.

A SCARCE RESOURCE

Puerto Rico shows how much of the world fares when disaster strikes

By Daniel Speckard, president & CEO, Lutheran World Relief

This op-ed was originally published in The Hill.

Over the course of just two months, the world has witnessed a staggering succession of destructive and deadly natural disasters, from massive flooding in South Asia, to the string of hurricanes slamming into the Caribbean islands and United States, to earthquakes in Mexico.

Zimbabwe Vendor Ban Targets Vulnerable Workers

The government in Zimbabwe is moving to ban market vendors in Harare at a time when more than 90 percent of the workforce labors in the informal economy and 85 percent or more Zimbabweans are seeking decent work.

People who are into street vending are not into it for their liking, but are being forced due to the collapsed economy,” the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says in a statement.

Learning From Disaster

Extensive destruction and loss of life in the U.S. and our hemisphere from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria will take a long time to heal. We wish for healing for the people of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other impacted parts of our country and the Caribbean. As we work to help in the aftermath, we must learn what these disasters have to teach us about successful recovery and addressing deeper injustices.

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