Children Become Artists Become Journalists Become Darfur.

You’re fluent in international development, human rights law, medicine, or the arts? That’s amazing! But when it comes to rallying the rest of us, sometimes we need to be sold on the idea in our own native tongue, with strong communication. I was just talking with a co-worker about the need for non-profits to translate … Continue reading

South Sudan, a Year Later

(This week, South Sudan celebrates its first Independence Day. It’s been a tough year for the new country, and even more difficult times may be ahead. So I asked the resident expert Michael to shed some light on the situation for us.) There are four major issues happening right now to keep in mind regarding … Continue reading

We Aren’t the Only Ones Who Go to War Over Oil

South Sudan has been in the news lately because of escalating attacks from Sudan on its northern border. The cause? Oil disputes. In fact, as of yesterday the president of South Sudan claimed that Sudan had effectively “declared war” on his country after air bombardments continued for yet another day. Those bombings followed South Sudan’s … Continue reading

What You May Not Know About South Sudan

Recently I was talking with a friend about how the world map has changed, and we got into a bitter discussion about South Sudan, which she was certain is not a country but some sort of state. Beer bottles flew, burly men burst into tears, and I screamed “You’ll be hearing about this on the … Continue reading

Good News Friday

My good news is that, while the rest of the country is sweltering, I’m in the one cool state. I’m actually kind of freezing right now. This weekend we’re hoping to see Glacier National Park, which has about seven feet of snow, according to our very pregnant relative who went sledding up there (because that’s … 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

Stars and the Refugees

“Stars, in your multitude, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness with order and light. You are the sentinels, silent and sure, keeping watch in the night…keeping watch in the night.” From “Stars,” Les Miserables In many situations around the world, the last thing a refugee sees before making his or her final escape is … Continue reading

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