Roger Burks’ stories
Trying to do better October 26, 2009
Yesterday, on the wet streets of grey Portland, I felt like an ass.
Possibility October 14, 2009
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 October 1, 2009
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 October 1, 2009
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 September 30, 2009
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 September 25, 2009
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 September 22, 2009
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 September 16, 2009
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.
Uganda: Forgiveness September 14, 2009
Mongolia: A harsh reality for Mongolia's herders September 8, 2009
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.