March 12, 2015 | Ann Hollingsworth | Tagged as: Congress, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security
With so many humanitarian crises around the world, priority humanitarian and peacekeeping accounts need increased support from Congress now more than ever. This includes the Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) and the International Disaster Assistance (IDA) humanitarian accounts, along with the core peacekeeping accounts including Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) and Contributions for International Peacekeeping (CIPA).
March 10, 2015 | Daryl Grisgraber | Tagged as: Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Women & Children, Statelessness
Imagine that your own birth was never officially recorded. Your family members and friends would know you, and know that you exist. You might receive services from local organizations, like the church or the fire department. But what would happen when it’s time to enroll in school, get a job, or apply for a driver’s license? Now imagine all of this is happening to you in a foreign country. You fled your home because of war. But when it’s time to return home with the rest of your family, how could you prove that you belong there?
March 06, 2015 | Marcy Hersh | Tagged as: Africa, DR Congo, Protection & Security, Women & Children
When I was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last October, every meeting that I held with Congolese government officials sounded surprisingly similar. They were all engaged in a battle to change the long-held image of the country as “the rape capital of the world.” Government officials explained to me that now that the threat of the M23 rebel group was behind them, the country is at relative peace and women can start to experience the dividends of that peace. Conflict-related sexual violence is no longer a problem in the DRC, or so they claimed.
March 04, 2015 | Jeff Crisp | Tagged as: Sri Lanka, Asia, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security

Prior to Sri Lanka’s January 2015 election, it was impossible to turn on the television, look at a newspaper or walk down the street without being bombarded with images of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his two brothers, Basil and Gothabaya, who between them dominated many of the key Cabinet positions. But the face of Sri Lanka has changed.

February 27, 2015 | Sarnata Reynolds | Tagged as: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Statelessness

Over 300,000 Rohingya reside in Bangladesh, and their situation is only worsening. Forcible evictions and expulsions back to Myanmar are commonplace. Bangladesh must find a better solution for the Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf.