Iraq: Iraqi violence adds to the Middle East refugee crisis June 19, 2014
An appeal launched by the United Nations High Commissioner for victims of Syria's civil war has raised only 36 percent of the $4.2 million the UNHCR requested. Another appeal, for Iraqis displaced earlier this year in Anbar province, is only 12 percent funded. And hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes this month, raising fears that fatigued donors and cash-strapped donor nations might be unable to provide desperately-needed funds.
Iraq: Humanitarian crisis In Iraq intensifies June 16, 2014
On Sunday, Sunni militants took over another city in the northern part of Iraq. Sectarian violence in Iraq has reached such crisis proportions that the U.S. government is considering targeted airstrikes in the country. President Obama has ruled out sending ground troops back into the country.
Colombia: Colombia's presidential candidates must put rescue of child soldiers first June 13, 2014
CALI, Colombia — As Colombia heads into the June 15 run-off election that will determine its next president, the fate of the thousands of child soldiers in illegal combatant groups across the country is unclear. Much of the presidential campaign has centered around current negotiations between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — a domestic armed militant group known as FARC....
Syria: Syrian-born artist now helps child war refugees June 12, 2014
When Lina Safar moved from her native Syria to Tampa with her U.S.-born husband in 2010, she assumed she would return occasionally, see her family, walk in her neighborhood and shop at her favorite markets. A year later, her country was engulfed by civil war and Safar watched in horror from afar. Safar’s father, a physician, was killed while helping the wounded. Her mother and brother fled and joined Safar at her Tampa townhome.
Tough Love: Making resilience meaningful May 7, 2014
Resilience has an Achilles’ heel: By being all things, it risks being nothing new. Resilience casts such a wide net that nearly any intervention – from disaster risk reduction to cash transfers to good governance – can be repackaged and deemed as resilience building.
Guatemala: A coffee crop withers May 5, 2014
SAN LUCAS TOLIMÁN, Guatemala — When coffee rust attacked the farms clinging to the volcanic slopes above this Mayan town, the disease was unsparing, reducing mountainside rows of coffee trees to lattices of gray twigs. During last year’s harvest, Román Lec, who grows coffee on a few acres here, lost half his crop. This year, he borrowed about $2,000 for fertilizer and fungicide to protect the plants, as he did last year. But the disease returned and he lost even more. “There are nights when you cannot sleep, thinking how to pay back the money,” said Mr. Lec, 65.
Central African Republic: Humanitarian groups: Don't let CAR devolve into genocide May 1, 2014
Citing fears of genocide, representatives of of humanitarian organizations tried Thursday to focus U.S. lawmakers' attention on the Central African Republic, where the situation is on the verge of exploding into a "decades-long conflict," one aid group said.
Iraq: Why the US should continue funding democracy and governance programs in Iraq April 29, 2014
While US policymakers shift away from Iraq, recent events threaten to plunge that country into a new civil war. Sectarian conflict has become a source of chronic tragedy: So far this year, terrorist attacks and bombings have killed over 2,000 civilians. As Iraqis head to the polls in the first election to be held since US troops withdrew in 2011, many fear the rising tide of conflict will undo the democratic gains of recent years.
West Bank and Gaza: As Israel-Palestine peace talks grind on, young West Bank entrepreneurs aren't waiting around April 17, 2014
RAMALLAH, West Bank – As the media focuses on the latest efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, what is not being seen is the culture of entrepreneurship, small business creation and new investment vehicles that is accelerating on the West Bank, and to a lesser degree in Gaza.
Afghanistan: Afghanistan After Karzai: A Washington-Kabul Town Hall March 31, 2014
Afghanistan is at a crossroads as Hamid Karzai's presidency ends and international troops prepare to leave. We connect residents of Washington and Kabul to talk about what comes next. Ann Vaughan, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Mercy Corps, participates in the discussion: