Monday, December 9, 2013 - 09:00 by Hasanthi Jayamaha
By Arniel Anasco, with Hasanthi Jayamaha
Monday, November 04: It is the first announcement. PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) announced of a newly-formed cyclone named Haiyan in the Pacific Ocean and it’s gradually intensifying. They say it might grow into a Typhoon.
We are advised to monitor and to be on alert. Everyone is listening to the news reports almost every hour to find out...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 09:00 by Somluck Khamsaen
Five mothers walk side by side, laughing and talking as they reach the gate. Today, they’re celebrating – a new centre is about to open.
The mothers are wearing their best clothes, sleeveless dresses of blue, red and black cotton and have carefully tucked their long hair behind their ears. These women, and the other residents I meet, are smiling widely with anticipation – it’s almost a carnival feeling.
But there are no acrobats or magicians in this...
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 20:04 by Enkhbold Byambajav
Today started with a shiver. Snowflakes wildly blown by the strong wind signaled the arrival of winter. Hardly anyone walked on foot outside. Cars stayed stuck in traffic longer than usual, all passengers looking grim, everybody rushing for something – something they take for granted.
It’s true! Many people take things for granted. You know, the little things that make our lives so much better like electricity, hot running water in your apartment, or just that...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:00 by World Vision Blogger
A magnitude-7.2 earthquake hit Visayas, the central Philippines group of islands, Oct. 15, causing widespread destruction. Maryann (Mai) Zamora, a World Vision communications specialist in the Philippines, has frequently told the stories of disaster survivors. Here she reflects on her own experience of the quake and...
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:40 by Justin Byworth
By Justin Byworth, World Vision United Kingdom CEO
“Death. That night I saw death,” were the first devastating words eight-year-old Tasnim said to me.
Sitting in the sparsely furnished tent that is now home to Tasnim, four of her siblings, her mother Rawda and uncle Kindeh since fleeing Syria less than a month ago, Tasnim fixes me with an intense stare and explains she wants me to hear her “one million per cent true” story of surviving the massacre at...
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 05:37 by Meg Sattler
It’s been hard to stop thinking about you since we met the other day. Perhaps it’s because we share a birthday. You turned one this week. I turned 29.
When I was born, my mum knew I wasn’t going to wait. She gathered her things, rushed to the hospital, and shouted at nurses who told her I wasn’t quite ready to be born yet. In her words, I ‘flew...
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 05:12 by Meg Sattler
“AND THE COURSE OF THE SYRIAN CONFLICT IS CURRENTLY DEMONSTRATING THE UTILITY OF MASS ATROCITIES AND THE RELATIVE INDIFFERENCE OF THE REST OF THE WORLD.” – MICHAEL GERSON, WASHINGTON POST.
I started working on the Syrian conflict response last August. I flew from Melbourne and landed into a crisis that I didn’t think could get any worse. My previous work in Pakistan had exposed me to conflict, but it wasn’t like this. Every family I met in Jordan had a story that shook...