Hunger + Hunger = Generosity

In researching a writing project, I recently came across what has to be one of the most beautiful stories in American history. Perhaps you’re already familiar with the Choctaw Indians and their incredible display of generosity during the 1840s. Regardless, read on because it’s worth the reminder: Beginning in the early 1830s, the US government … Continue reading

Ways to Help Famine Victims in the Horn of Africa

Somalia and neighboring countries are facing the worst drought in 60 years, which has led to severe famine affecting approximately 10 million people. Hundreds of thousands of people – the majority women and children – have been displaced in the Horn of Africa. As in most cases of humanitarian crisis, one of the best ways … Continue reading

Vacation or Vocation

We’ve been out West for a long time now, and it has been great to see family, enjoy long nights by the fire, and explore the area by kayak, horse, and foot. So why do I want to go home? I’m not the best vacationer anyway. I always pull my family behind me, moving without … Continue reading

Beledweyne Banner Image

I’ve used the above photograph for a number of projects, including an adapted version for this blog’s header. It shows refugee huts in Beledweyne and was taken by a United States sergeant during official duties, which places it in the public domain. Beledweyne is one of the oldest cities in Somalia, but recent decades of … Continue reading

At the Airport

I was waiting for my husband at the airport when I saw that some case workers from Refugee Services were waiting there, too. There were a few cameramen with them, and they all looked out excitedly toward the gate. Soon a couple walked out from behind the corner carrying small, blue plastic bags. They were … Continue reading

Eat Refugee Food

One of the best ways to support the refugees in your community is to eat adventurously. And no, I don’t mean snacking on Cheetos from between the couch cushions. Find a restaurant serving authentic international cuisine. Ethiopian, Thai, Eastern European, etc. Eat! If you want, ask your server about the region the of food they’re … Continue reading

Getting to Yemen

The following clip from UNHCR details the perilous journey thousands of Somalis are making every day to get to Yemen and the safety they hope to find there. This clip was produced in 2007, but since then a new phase of the Somali civil war has started in the country, and so Somali refugees continue … Continue reading

Does Water Kill People or Do People Kill People?

Water means war. Every day, in Sudan and Iraq and Somalia and Bosnia, people searching for water have learned its intricate ties to war. Every soldier since the birth of boats has known the importance of ships and seaports for war strategy. But in modern times, the water supply itself has become the most crucial … Continue reading

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