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

Water in Your Community

In the last month, as we’ve talked about water, everything that could go wrong with it pretty much has. Our seas have been polluted beyond repair by the BP oil spill. Nashville is underwater. Droughts are creating water refugees in the Middle East. Earthquake victims around the world still seek fresh water, even after months … Continue reading

From Sea to Shining [Don’t Drink That!]

This morning, many Americans are waking up to the dangers of murky water. In the inner city, it is not uncommon to see murky tap water, and boiling it ahead of time is the safest thing to do. But for the last three days, all Bostonians are getting a taste of that pre-boiled water. Because … Continue reading

Black April and the Anniversary of Boat People

Exactly 35 years ago today, Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, and the Vietnam War came to a chilling halt. In Vietnam, today is a national holiday called Reunification Day. But refugees refer to this week as Black April. After the takeover of South Vietnam, the Vietnamese government sent dissidents to “re-education camps,” where … 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

Water Through the Eyes of Slaves

Slavery has had a connection with water since the dawn of time. Waters parted to free slaves from Pharaoh’s army. Slaves have been forced to build dams and wells. The African slave trade happened on the ocean. Slaves on those ships died by the hundreds each trip, and most were tossed into the sea. Modern-day … Continue reading

To Know Thirst

We Westerners rarely die of thirst. But unlike food, water also does not easily serve as an addiction. So, in typical Western fashion, we take it for granted. (No, by water I don’t mean coffee, tea, or soda or even flavored water drinks. Yes, they all have a lot of water in them, but so … Continue reading

On the Planet of Water

We live on the planet of water. We watch it at sea and in clouds. We drink it, pure. Or in coffee. Or tea. Or Gatorade. We use it in our paints. We wash in it. We slide down chutes into pools of it. We freeze it for summer and boil it for winter. We … Continue reading

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