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Ayuba Ahmed's kitchen has undergone a complete remodel. Her husband, Temame, a brick maker, rebuilt the round mud walls to include four shelves for teacups and ingredients. With comfort in mind, Temame added a nook to lay a mattress so the family can rest while they wait for Ayuba's mouth-...More
For decades, Katanga Province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has suffered humanitarian crises—from famine to war. A group of three territories, called the "triangle of death," has been hit especially hard since 2011, forcing thousands of families to flee. Catholic Relief Services,...More
One thing you have in common with your poorest brothers and sisters might easily escape your notice—even if you firmly believe we're all one human family.
You know loss.
You've suffered disaster, heartbreak, grief of all kind. You may not think to compare your suffering with...More
Djélika Haïdara pushes a braid off her face and hitches her 5-month-old son higher onto her hip. She leans down to look into the metal pot simmering on the wood-stoked stove set on the kitchen floor.
Cooking has been her main occupation since they left Timbuktu, in northern Mali—since...More
I'm very big on atmosphere. I'm one of those people who can walk into a room and tell whether its inhabitants are feeling generally perky—or have just had a blazing row.
Whenever I travel around West and Central Africa for Catholic Relief Services, I subconsciously seem to work out...More
It you weren't looking for it, you'd probably miss the small office tucked away in the labyrinth of streets that make up old Damascus. But the small space provides a much-needed service for thousands of Iraqi refugees who have fled to Syria since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In fact, this...More
In central India, wild elephants come to isolated tribal villages in the early hours of the night. Tearing down the mud walls and thatched roofs, they eat the villagers' grain—and sometimes kill them.
Something else comes at night, too. Human traffickers—criminals who buy and sell human...More
You might think that after fleeing ethnic cleansing in the Balkans when she was a child, Armana had left the most dangerous time in her life behind her. Now 19, she remembers how her family was uprooted by war in the 1990s, when Yugoslavia fell apart.
But what awaited her and many other...More