International Affairs

A Humanitarian Crisis: Separating Parents and Children
June 20, 2018 at 11:55 am

Turnkey’s clients include organizations like Church World Service and UNICEF, groups that address humanitarian crises around the world. We never expected to be confronted by a humanitarian crisis unfolding in our own home, on the southern border of the U.S. One created by our government...

Chicago Foundation Awards $100M to Syrian Children's Program
December 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

A Chicago foundation awarded $100 million Wednesday to two New York-based organizations to help educate millions of Syrian refugee children through home visits, learning centers and local versions of the educational program "Sesame Street." The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee as joint winners of a…

Donors: Syrian Refugees Not Getting Promised Aid From Nonprofit
September 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

The donors and volunteers were moved by the images and stories of need. In one photo, nine-year-old Aya, who fled war-torn Syria for a tent in Lebanon, wears a pink Minnie Mouse T-shirt as she stands along a dirt road, mounds of garbage behind her. What she would like more than anything would be to…

Mexicans Respond With Faith and Charity as Hope Fades for Quake Survivors
September 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Tears flowed at Our Lady of Carmen and Saint Joseph Parrish on Thursday night as the families of two dead children killed when a powerful earthquake toppled their school a few blocks away interred their ashes The crushed victims, 7-year-old Eduardo Diaz and 8-year-old Francisco Quintero, were two of the 286 people reported killed by…

Salma Hayek Is Helping Raise Money for Mexico's Earthquake Victims
September 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Central Mexico on Tuesday, crumbling infrastructure and killing more than 230 people so far, including at least 25 school children. Families are still searching for their loved ones as rescue teams dig through rubble to uncover survivors. And hospital staff are doing their best to treat the hundreds of people…

Purge of Doctors Without Borders Was a Permit Issue, Pakistan Says
September 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm

The Interior Ministry confirmed on Thursday that it had ordered Doctors Without Borders to leave Pakistan’s impoverished Kurram tribal region, saying the medical charity’s permit to work there expired two years ago. Pakistan’s explanation for the order came a day after Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, said the government had refused…

Nonprofit Uses Times Square Ads to Jumpstart North Korea Human Rights Campaign
August 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm

A human rights nonprofit has purchased billboard space in New York City’s Times Square as part of a campaign to refocus discussion on North Korea. In July, the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea purchased time on an electronic billboard in Times Square to feature three ads—one about the estimated 120,000 North Koreans…

Cambodia Orders Expulsion of Foreign Staff Members With American Nonprofit
August 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered foreign staff members of an American nonprofit that receives support from the U.S. government to leave the country within a week, part of an apparent attempt to silence opposition voices in the lead-up to national elections next year. Cambodia is ruled by one of the world’s longest-serving leaders, Prime…

Cot Death Charity Raises Doubts Over Baby Boxes
August 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

A cot death charity has raised doubts over the benefits of Finnish-style baby boxes, which infants can sleep in. Issuing new advice to parents, The Lullaby Trust said there was no evidence baby boxes reduced the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The cardboard box, filled with baby products and a mattress, can itself…

Cambodia's Prime Minister Wants to Expel a US Charity
August 2, 2017 at 10:40 am

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that a U.S. charity "must get out of Cambodia," accusing the organization of making misleading exaggerations about the country's sex industry during an interview aired on CNN, the New York Times reports. CNN's report, "Life after trafficking: The Girls Sold for Sex by Their Mothers," was a follow-up…