John Stephens Portland, Oregon John Stephens, Senior Program Officer John Stephens’ stories Afghanistan: How about 30,000 teachers to Afghanistan? Yesterday I spoke to Oregon Public Broadcasting's Emily Harris about the humanitarian perspective on President Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Pakistan: The human story of suffering is emerging from Pakistan... The human story of suffering is slowly emerging from the stories collected from hundreds of displaced people. They tell of enormous challenges and sacrifices for those who were trapped in the fighting, caught in the crossfire and struggling to survive. Pakistan: IDP crisis worsens by the day The news coming in is not good. Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) are still pouring out of parts of northern Pakistan where fighting is continuing between Taliban militants and military forces. India: New Growth in India If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps calamity is the father of community. I thought about this as I stood in the full Indian sun, witnessing a scene that I never imagined could take place. India: Children Returning to Childhood in India Pondicherry, India - In the tiny village of Kanapathichettikullum, just 15 kilometers north of Pondicherry, the sixty concrete and thatch huts that make up this community bore an unimaginable brunt.