Remembering Sinjar

Remembering Sinjar

Six years ago, 03 August 2014, I posted a photo on my Facebook page of a cute little frog that I found on my garden chair. He was pale grey and quite small. I thought he looked like a piece of gum. I called him Wrigley. On that same day, thousands of miles away in...
Returning to Yemen

Returning to Yemen

In Yemen Medair teams travel up to four hours to reach communities with health, nutrition, and water, hygiene and sanitation services.  Today I was one of the first international staff members to fly back into Yemen on a UN chartered flight, since borders closed to...
People’s Lives Matter Most

People’s Lives Matter Most

I’m thinking of the refugees I met as they crossed the border into Iraq, after the newfound crisis in North East Syria that began on 9 October 2019. It’s been one month since I accompanied Medair health teams who are responding to the health needs of incoming...
Fighting COVID-19 with information

Fighting COVID-19 with information

“Is it true that it makes people suddenly drop dead?” “Is it true that drinking lemon juice will kill the virus?” I could see the concern in the eyes of my fellow staff as they shared the rumors that were spreading like wildfire. As the COVID-19 virus was moving into...
We are all created equal

We are all created equal

Medair has worked for over 30 years in the most difficult places in the world to support and stand with vulnerable people of every background. Today, we stand grieving in the face of the effects of the racial injustices that have, for too long, plagued the world....
Yemen: A Crisis Within a Crisis

Yemen: A Crisis Within a Crisis

In recent years, news headlines have been inundated with complex crises; from Ebola in West and Central Africa, to the Syrian Crisis as refugees spilled into Jordan, Lebanon and further abroad and now, Covid-19. Yet, while rarely visible on the front pages, the...
Happiness is care, exchanged.

Happiness is care, exchanged.

In the last six months, Lebanon has faced several shocks. In October, protests over the deteriorating economic situation gripped the country. Later, the Lebanese banks imposed controls on access to US dollars and the Lebanese Pounds lost value against the US Dollar....
How will history mark the COVID-19 pandemic?

How will history mark the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 virus will spread further, infect and kill more people, and stay with us longer if we do not join forces across all boundaries. We must rise above borders, religions, and ideologies. In particular, we must not forget those who don’t garner headlines; who...
Yes, these crises are (still) emergencies.

Yes, these crises are (still) emergencies.

When we initially started putting this story together, back in January, we aimed to raise awareness on emergencies that are still unfolding, but are too often left out of headlines. Little did we know what a different place the world would be just a few weeks later....
A common reality that connects the world

A common reality that connects the world

It is startling to see how much life has changed here in Cox’s Bazar in just a few short weeks. Streets usually bustling with life are suddenly empty. Few, if any, of the ubiquitous green rickshaws are to be found, and Cox’s Bazar’s sandy beach – a popular destination...