Nepal, a country devastated, but far from defeated

September 4, 2015
Stéphane Vinhas, Programs Officer (Emergency Relief)

Nepal is a quintessential tourist destination, considered the stuff of dreams thanks to its mountain peaks, enchanting landscapes, ancient cities, antique palaces and temples, venerable architecture, religions, food, and more. I would have liked to have visited this fascinating country with a lighter heart, but it was the two major earthquakes that hit the country last April and May that brought me there.  

Iraq: Same dreams, different realities

August 31, 2015
Philippe Zarif, In-Country Support, Middle East

I was recently in Iraq for Development and Peace to participate in a meeting of various Caritas members that are supporting Iraqis who have been displaced by violence caused by the group calling itself the Islamic State (ISIS).

We were in the Kurdish region of Iraq, where thousands of Iraqis have taken refuge in this relatively safe zone.

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You'll never guess what's inside this tent

April 16, 2015
Etienne Dion-Marcil

Upon my recent visit to Iraq, I saw the intense psychological distress that over 500,000 Iraqi Yazidis experience every day. They have had to abandon their houses and families in order to o survive the violence of ISIS.

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Solidarity has no borders

April 7, 2015
by Janelle Delorme, Regional Animator for Manitoba

The first time I heard about Sierra Leone, I was 14 or 15. I read an article about child soldiers who were fighting in the civil war. From the pictures I saw - children with guns, drugged and dismembered - it certainly did not appear “civil.” My heart broke. I couldn’t stay silent about this injustice so I wrote a paper for a high school project. At the time, the civil war in Sierra Leone was not on many people’s radar and the international community only started to talk about blood diamonds years later.

Contributing to food security in the Sahel by improving income

February 2, 2015
Stéphane Vinhas, Programs Officer – Emergency Relief

Happy are those, like me, who have taken a long journey. In December of 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting different initiatives carried out by Development and Peace partners in Niger and Mali, and speaking with villagers in these communities.

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In Northern Iraq, solidarity for the displaced is a sign of hope

January 21, 2015
By Guy Des Aulniers, Emergencies Program Officer for the Middle East

It’s Monday morning in Erbil. It’s 6 a.m. and the sun still hasn’t come up. Santa Lucia Church is situated just across from the hotel where I’m staying. From my window, I can count about 40 tents, placed closely together, one glued to the other. In each tent, there are partitions which separate the three families that live there (each family consists of about 8 people), the rooms and the kitchens. Although there is heating, the ground is only covered with a burlap rug. 

Good governance key to fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

January 14, 2015
Cynthia D'Cruz, Communications Assistant

Sierra Leone currently has the highest incidence of Ebola, with over 7,786 infections and 2,696 confirmed deaths (as of January 14, 2015). Beyond the immediate health crisis, there have also been concerns raised pertaining to the long term socio-economic impacts of the disease. These concerns include the economy, the social fabric, food security and agricultural production (due to loss of human capital).

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Syria: Even in despair, there is hope

January 9, 2015
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Ten Years after the Tsunami

December 26, 2014
Jess Agustin, Programs Officer for the Philippines

Ten years after the Tsunami that took place on December 26th, 2004, Development and Peace’s partners in Aceh, Indonesia were given the opportunity to look back and reflect on the many remarkable and inspiring accomplishments that were achieved during the reconstruction period that followed.

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The Ebola virus is also killing social cohesion

December 15, 2014
Stéphane Vinhas, Programm Officer - Emergency Relief

With a fatality rate of over 60%, the result of the current Ebola epidemic on the body is obvious. The psychological impact is less visible, but the virus is also breaking morale. It is generating fear and negatively impacting mental health. In so doing, it is breeding social collapse, undermining the fabric of communities and contributing to the rise of rejection, violence and conflict, which, in turn, facilitate its spread.

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