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Mehrabudin: We are not Alone in this Difficult Time

Kelli Siddiqui  |  July 10, 2014

“It was Friday, and I was out looking for daily work. I waited until around noon where laborers gather to find daily work. On that day, no one selected me for work so I returned to my village. This region is very hilly. As I passed a hill near my village, I saw a lot of people standing by where the landslide covered our village and homes. At first, I thought I was dreaming or my eyes were not working. Then, I realized it was not a dream.

“I could see from the upper part of the hill that there was a landslide and part of the village had also slid away. I could see in the valley a lot of mud where my home and children would have been. As I came closer, I could see people from our neighboring village removing dead bodies."

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In Northeastern Uganda, “the Diversity of the Team” is Making a Difference

Chris Herlinger  |  July 8, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda – A telling moment as I finished up an assignment here in Uganda came not when I was in the impoverished Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda, the focus of my work, but here in the capital of Kampala.

Getting lunch at my hotel, I spoke to some fellow visitors and they asked me what had brought me to Uganda. When I told them I had been in Karamoja, one woman looked surprised and said, “Did you find food there?” When I asked another woman how people in Kampala perceive Karamoja, she replied without a beat, “Backwards.”

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Holistic View of Malnutrition Solutions Looks Beyond 2015

Rev. John L. McCullough  |  July 2, 2014

As original published on the 1,000 Days Nutrition Newsroom, June 25, 2014

There’s a saying amongst those humanitarians who respond to disasters as their professional focus.

“If you’ve seen one disaster … you’ve seen one disaster.”

No two disasters are alike. Disaster rips bare the tissue that makes up a community revealing all parts at once. The good traits of resilience, human connection and the natural tendency to help.  And, the bad – marginalization, once hidden, becomes more pronounced. Chronic problems usually unseen are often most visible when catastrophe knocks off the polish that makes it easy to ignore, and reveal the connections that work together to keep hunger and poverty systematized.

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Keep Vulnerable Migrant Children Out of Washington Politics

Rev. John L. McCullough  |  June 27, 2014

As originally published by The Hill, March 28, 2014, 3 pm

Our nation would rightfully be outraged if another country turned away 52,000 children seeking safety from violence, gang conscription, rape and drug wars. Yet, as this happens right now inside our own borders, some lawmakers have the audacity to use these innocent migrant children for their own partisan agenda. As neighbors, we have a moral obligation to support and protect these young sojourners from harm – whether it be extreme violence and desperation in making a dangerous journey – or the partisan abuse of their circumstances for political ends.

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The Zero Hunger Challenge: Why it Works and a Call to Action

Angela Rupchock-Schafer  |  June 24, 2014

We are winning the fight against hunger and poverty. We are winning it in concrete, measurable ways.  Ways most visible in the numbers of young lives saved and communities changed through targeted, sustainable and strategic programs. Global hunger has been reduced by more than 34 percent since 1990, an amazing feat. And yet, listening to the national and international conversation around development assistance and poverty-fighting programs, one could be easily convinced otherwise.

It seems many don’t realize – or choose to ignore – that incredible progress in the fight against hunger and poverty has been realized over the past 30 years. The Zero Hunger Challenge attests to that progress and growth and is a voice that calls for action. The vibrancy and strength of grassroots advocates and leaders in working to convince governments and organizations to be active participants in the movement to end hunger in our lifetimes is nothing short of miraculous. But we can no longer, as a development community, continue to trust in our motives alone to move our agenda forward.

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Osman's Story: Fleeing Violence in Darfur

Sidney Traynham  |  June 18, 2014

Osman tells his own story of fleeing violence in Darfur, Sudan and how he came to America as a refugee.

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Hassan's Story: From Somalia to North Carolina

William Haney  |  June 16, 2014

Hassan left his home in Somalia in 2008.  He left a country that has been torn apart by civil war and famine for over 20 years.  In that time hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees have fled violence, persecution, and starvation.  They crossed deserts and borders to find themselves living, getting married, having children, and going to school in refugee camps throughout the Horn of Africa.  While life doesn’t stop in a refugee camp, many refugees hold on to the hope that they are waiting for something better.

Having left Somalia only 6 years ago, Hassan now finds himself in a new country, the United States.  He is part of the thousands of refugees that arrive in the United States each year as part of the federally funded United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

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