Archive for December 2017

2017 Reflection: Myanmar, South Sudan and the need for unity

As we turn a corner into 2018, I reflect on a year wrought with change and uncertainty, but also a year that has fueled – and in some cases reignited – passions for activism, unity and inclusion. When I think back to last January, I call to mind images of countless women and men who…

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Millions of lives still at risk after 1000 days of war in Yemen, warns CARE

Sana’a, Yemen – After 1000 days of conflict in Yemen with no end in sight, the international aid organization CARE is concerned at how the world’s largest humanitarian crisis has unfolded. With almost one million cases of cholera, the war-torn country is grappling with the worst outbreak ever recorded. This comes as the country teeters…

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Top gifts for the world changer in your life

You likely know many people who have changed the world in one way or another. Your optimistic friend who has always found a way. Your niece who has never been silent about the issues that matter most. World changers know that the world isn’t so big. It’s really as small and as close as we…

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New Director from Vancouver joins CARE Canada Board

CARE Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan L. MacLaurin, CFA to its Board of Directors. “CARE Canada has been fortunate to continue to attract a high-calibre Board of Directors. With more than 30 years of business experience and a commitment to achieving financial and strategic results, we look forward to having Susan’s…

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Four Years Into South Sudan Conflict, Hunger and Malnutrition Continue to Rise

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – Four years after the beginning of the South Sudan conflict, the leading humanitarian organization CARE is deeply concerned by the risk of famine as rates of hunger and malnutrition continue to rise. Presently, seven million South Sudanese are in need of lifesaving assistance – deeply affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and…

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It takes a village: Building a classroom in rural Afghanistan

Karim Khel is a small village in the Salang district in the Parwan province of Afghanistan. It is also one of the most green and mountainous villages in the area and is often affected by flood during the winter season. Most people in this village are dependent on agriculture as their main source of income.…

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The toymaker of Azraq refugee camp

By Darcy Knoll, CARE Canada | Photos by Justin Bastien/CARE They refer to him simply as “the toymaker.” At 65 years of age with a thin white beard and a broad smile, Mohammed Asaf certainly looks the part. He lives at the Azraq refugee camp in eastern Jordan, home to more than 30,000 Syrians forced…

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Myanmar crisis: "I fell on my knees, begging them to spare me"

Begum (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) says it’s easy to identify the worst three days of her life. They are her last three days spent in Myanmar. She is one of more than 400,000 Muslim refugees from Myanmar who have suffered or witnessed rape *or was at risk of other forms…

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JOINT STATEMENT: Immediate Ceasefire Needed – Yemeni Civilians Cannot Take Any More Suffering

International humanitarian agencies in Yemen are urgently calling on all warring parties for an immediate ceasefire in Sana’a. Escalating clashes between forces aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis are trapping civilian populations across Yemen’s governorates and exacerbating an already catastrophic humanitarian situation. The Yemeni population simply cannot take any more blows.…

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Disability is a state of mind in Northern Homs, Syria

One can see the effects of war in the eyes and features of Hamdou Hussein Nabhan, a 40 year-old father of five small children and a citizen of Northern Homs, a besieged area in central Syria. His kind expression stands in contradiction to the signs of conflict in his house and his arduous walk. Hamdou…

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