Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Today has been surreal. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order has created chaos, anger and pain at many airports across the United States. Here are a few of the almost nightmarish occurrences, which unraveled on Twitter this evening. It went something like this: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (of all days) Donald Trump signs an Executive Order (EO) restricting immigration … More Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016

Here are some more stories on the environment and climate change, which I hope you will find interesting. Please click on the links for further information, and please share the articles, which I have selected carefully for your interest. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Environmental Toxins Related to Cancer: In a presentation at the Conference on Emerging Issues … More Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016

Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights

Here is a post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. You can find the link to this article here: http://wayaine.blogspot.com/2016/02/female-genital-mutilation.html  As the World Health Organization states: “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” (See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) Here’s something I found out today: An estimated 137,000 women and girls are … More Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights

African Postman: Valentino Achak Deng Helps Build the Future in South Sudan

Several years ago, I read a book called “What is the What.” It is the extraordinary autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, as told to novelist Dave Eggers (Eggers says he wrote it “in Valentino’s voice” but it is partially a novel, too). Valentino was one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who literally ran from his home village of … More African Postman: Valentino Achak Deng Helps Build the Future in South Sudan

African Postman: Sudanese Volunteers Help with Flood Relief

Disaster preparedness and response is something that we are all concerned with these days in the developing world – more than ever before. The impact of climate change is real. This is an encouraging story from the United States Institute of Peace on how community volunteers can make a difference. You can read the story … More African Postman: Sudanese Volunteers Help with Flood Relief

African Postman: Niger and the Challenge of Water

Water is a crucial issue in developing and developed countries.  World Water Day becomes, every year, a more important day on our calendars.  In this article from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the important message for Niger, for Africa and for the world is: “We have to change our behavior, and use and … More African Postman: Niger and the Challenge of Water

I am posting this because it sums up the confusion and futility of war. The photographs are stunning and the account of this photojournalist’s challenges is fascinating. Related articles Why We Should See War Trophy Photos (thedailybeast.com) Fearless French Photojournalist Reveals the Horror in Homs (petapixel.com) Featured photojournalist: Kieran Doherty (guardian.co.uk) War Photographers (slideshare.net) Featured … More