by Holly Frew, CARE USA
Life as a refugee is a life in waiting. They are safe from violence but their lives are on hold. They...
Small talk can be difficult with someone who lives in Yemen.
Questions about family often turn to dead relatives.
Talk about a bad...
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Forced to Leave School, CARE Uganda Program Participant Shares her Story
Namunyana Mwajuma, a 17 year-old student from Uganda, has participated in CARE programs that helped her family through difficult times and ultimately put her back in school. After her father Read More
10 Years After the Tsunami, There is Sadness, but There is Also Happiness
Ernawati, 51, lost everything when the tsunami hit Aceh Dec. 26, 2004. Today, she runs a successful shop. She tells her story.
There are many sad things from the Read More
In Aceh, where the 2004 tsunami washed away homes and families, water can have many meanings. For Sukandawati, a 45-year-old midwife and mother of three, the giant wave of water 20 meters high Read More
Thank You for My School
When you ask 12-year-old Zaharatunisa where she is from, she hesitates and looks at her mother. Her mother smiles, and shrugs: “We’ve told her the name of our village, but it doesn’t mean anything Read More
I Can’t Stop Staring at Marlina
I can’t stop staring at the girl sitting in front of me. I can’t help it. Today is Marlina’s 12th birthday. When I first met her after the tsunami, she was two years old, and she was dying. Read More
The World Helped Us, So I Am Ready to Help Others
In the haunted days after the tsunami, midwife Ibu Sinarti was given the chance to flee the devastation, and return to the safety of Jakarta, the capital. She had been severely injured the day the Read More
“None of this would be here if the world hadn’t helped”
“All this – my house, my business, the people working with me – none of this would be here if the world hadn’t helped us after the tsunami.”
M. Noor Usman, 61, sweeps his arm in Read More
Emergency CARE Packages, 10 Years Later
I couldn’t believe it. Ten years after the tsunami, the emergency CARE packages we distributed are still being used.
When I thought of asking people if they still had any of the Read More
Aceh 10 Years Later: Beautifully, Heartbreakingly Normal
Boarding the plane from Jakarta, I got my first indication that the Banda Aceh I was returning to wasn’t the same as the one I had left 10 years ago. “Where are you going?” the young flight Read More
2014: A Dire Year for Syrian Refugees
CARE aid worker Johanna Mitscherlich looks back on 12 months of working with Syrian refugees – and pays tribute to their resilience and the small acts of humanity that can make a big Read More