Growing up in Shillong, India, Hasina Kharbhih learned about human trafficking early on. Bordering on Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh, the area is deeply unstable, and plagued with the desperate poverty that breeds the widespread practice. At one point, Kharbhih’s father housed refugees in their own farmhouse.
“The stories remain etched in my brain,” Kharbhih says. “He did that as a human being and not a social worker....I understood what you can do for human beings.”
Her father's example proved to be an enduring one. Today, Kharbhih’s Impulse NGO Network has created an entirely new model to fight the problem, working with 1,000 nongovernmental organizations ...Read more
Posted on 07/06/2020 at 02:44 PM
As 2016 came to a close, Tani Adewumi was just five years old, and living in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. He and his family lived in a constant state of fear because the terrorist group Boko Harum was very active there; they endured harrowing attacks that eventually forced them to flee the country, their homeland.
The family ended up in a homeless shelter in Manhattan, a desolate berth after such a difficult journey. But it was in New York that young Tani would find something that would change his family's life forever: chess. Today, Tani is a 9-year-old chess phenomenon who has appeared on the Today Show and across the talk show circuit. And unbelievably, he recently moved his family into ...Read more
Posted on 05/26/2020 at 12:27 PM
Despite the rush of media coverage after the terrible tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004, the nation faded from the public's view as the months and years passed. It is one one of the salient flaws in our news media: it's fickle, of-the-moment narrative often omits the denouement–and the people and organizations who stay around to pick up the pieces can be forgotten about.
When Kushil Gunasekera returned to Sri Lanka after the disaster, the conditions he faced were truly horrific: bodies floated in the water, buildings had collapsed, and the tsunami had killed more than 230,000 people across the region. Though casualties were most severe in Indonesia, Sri Lanka was hit hard, with approximately...Read more
Posted on 12/23/2019 at 10:50 AM
It's the central theme of the American narrative: the journey of impoverished, oppressed immigrants to this country in search of security, prosperity and a better life for their children. It's a big part of what makes America what it is, and in a nation chock full of immigrants, it ought not be a controversial subject.
Jean Garcia Mabaka Yangu has lived that narrative, traveling from his native Democratic Republic of Congo through South America, Mexico and Texas to finally land in Portland, Maine. He fled endemic violence in his home country to complete this harrowing trip, escaping with his four children, part of a recent wave of Congolese asylum seekers.
Thankfully, the city of Portland has ...Read more
Posted on 07/31/2019 at 01:02 PM