All stories about peaceful change
Balancing theories with real action
As a first-year master’s candidate at The Fletcher School, I am surrounded by people passionate about human security, the development gap and seemingly interminable conflict that can spring from unaddressed root causes.
Kenya: Reconciliation after violence
The Mercy Corps program in Kenya is all about reconciliation after the period of violence in late 2007 and early 2008.
Kenya: About to visit overseas programs for the first time
I am writing this blog entry from a small village in Kenya called Bondo.
Thoughts as Mercy Corps Bosnia comes to a close
As the Mercy Corps Bosnia and Herzegovina office closes today after 17 years, our feelings are mixed, of course. Sadness and nostalgia from one side, and pride and satisfaction on the other.
Liberia: Redefining success: My journey to Liberia
Glance down a deeply rutted Monrovia side street and you may see, at the end of the block, a glimpse of palm trees, sandy coastline and the rolling ocean. Blink, and you may briefly imagine you’re in Mexico or another beachy getaway.
Liberia: Dish racks lead to healthier children
Of the 12 children that 50-year-old Annie Dolo gave birth to, seven are living. The other five died of malaria and measles.
Iraq: Voting in Iraq: an act of faith
The biggest issue that regularly confounds me each time I vote here in Seattle is finding a postage stamp. Despite this, I have become a strong believer in the mail-in ballot, mostly because I don't have to haul myself to the polls at seven o'clock in the morning before I head off to work.
Iraq: A palpable sense of accomplishment in Baghdad
On Sunday morning, election day in Iraq, I was awakened by a text message from a colleague telling me to get to a safe spot. Turns out I had slept through the first of dozens of bombs that would occur on election day in Iraq.
Iraq: Happy International Women's Day
I’m blogging again today to wish you all a Happy International Women’s Day.
Iraq: Iraqi staff with purple fingers
Here are some our Baghdad staff who participated in yesterday's elections. They are proudly displaying their purple index fingers, which signifies that they voted.