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Refugee Leaders Take on Capitol Hill

May 17, 2019

Last week, approximately 70 former refugees from across the country traveled to DC to advocate for refugee resettlement with their representatives in Congress along with CWS advocates as part of Refugee Council USA’s (RCUSA) Advocacy Days. Some of these refugees spoke to reporters at a breakfast briefing, as they prepared to urge their Members of Congress to rebuild the life-saving …

Every living species is a Cathedral

Jasmine Huggins | April 22, 2019

Last month, the floods caused by Cycle Idai became southern Africa’s worst natural disaster.  More than 1,000 were killed.  Crop, infrastructure and housing damage were colossal.  The World Bank estimates that Mozambique alone – one of the three countries affected – will need US$2 billion to fully recover. But, one month later, less than one quarter of the funds needed …

Angels of the road

April 17, 2019

Our work on the southern border affirms this: angels do exist. Here’s how we know. Weeks ago, a family of five from Honduras legally applied for asylum in the United States. It’s an application you can only submit when you’re in the U.S. So, they journeyed out of a country that has one of the highest homicide rates in the …

For refugees along the Thailand-Myanmar border, past trauma and a life in limbo

Laura Curkendall | March 22, 2019

 My recent drive to Ban Don Yang refugee camp was…intense. It took a little less than an hour to get to the camp from the larger town where my CWS colleagues and I had spent the previous night; but ultimately we didn’t travel all that far. The problem was the road. We were told that it’s impossibly muddy in …

Learning what “water is life” REALLY means in Central Sulawesi

Josephine Oguta | March 20, 2019

“Water is life.” It’s a common saying in the humanitarian community, and you’ve probably heard it before. I certainly have. But even after a long career in community development and emergency response organizations, I didn’t really understand what it meant. Not until I visited Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, earlier this month. Central Sulawesi was hit by an earthquake in September of …