Roger Burks’ stories
When the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowed the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on President Barack Obama last week, it seems the prevailing opinion across the United States was confusion.
Indonesia: Staff in Padang is safe
We'd mentioned in a couple of blog entries that, because of telecommunications outages in the earthquake zone, we hadn't yet heard from our staff in the devastated city of Padang.
Indonesia: Another earthquake hits Sumatra
Early Thursday morning — shortly before nine o'clock local time — another major earthquake shook the cities and villages of western Sumatra.
Indonesia: Major earthquake strikes western Sumatra
A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia today, collapsing buildings and causing landslides in coastal areas, especially Padang — a city of 900,000 people.
Dignity through writing
There’s a lot more behind the words you read here than you might think. Of course there are the personal styles, unique experiences and cultural diversity of the more than 70 writers who’ve contributed to this blog, but there’s something bigger that unites us as storytellers: respect.
Indonesia: Helping Survivors on Earthquake-Rattled Java
In the aftermath of a major earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java and killed at least 64 people has assessed needs and is delivering aid to survivors.
Niger: Devastating Floods Sweep Niger
Mercy Corps is sending an emergency response team to meet the critical needs of families in areas of Niger affected by recent torrential rain and catastrophic flooding.
Mongolia: A harsh reality for Mongolia's herders
I just listened to a piece on NPR (National Public Radio) about how the global financial crisis continues to plague one of the world's most remote places: Mongolia.
Indonesia: Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia
Earlier today, a major earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java.