People saw the storm approaching for days. Meteorologists watched as it grew stronger, circling near the 80 islands of Vanuatu like a wolf eyeing prey. Tongoa, one of the 22 islands impacted, is only a few miles across in any direction.
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Sue Morrow grew up as a “city kid,” dreaming about horses. Never given the chance to ride as a child, she decided to pursue her passion later in life, and in 2007, she bought herself horse riding lessons. It soon became clear that she would never become the great rider she’d dreamed of.
My dear readers, a confession: I could have told you the truth much sooner. I was stubborn.
Inspired to discover what the Google-ing public thinks about charity, I opened a fresh browser and plugged in simple questions using words like “help” and “donate.” I also asked about a few headline issues. It turns out that Americans do want to help!
Evert Bopp is the co-founder and CEO of Disaster Tech Lab. Over the years, the organization has responded to numerous humanitarian disasters, including most recently, Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan. For this interview, Evert and I corresponded via e-mail.
During my time in Haiti reporting on the 2010 earthquake, I sometimes did one-off photo assignments for nonprofit organizations. It was a sweet gig. Despite their tax status, the “nonprofits” always paid far better than news outlets.
Many of the refugees featured in these photos would now be called “internally displaced people.” For example, the flood “refugees” of the Great Depression in the United States. We might also call some of them “homeless” or even, “enemy combatants.
With the recent killing of aid worker, Kayla Mueller, it’s easy to wonder, “How safe am I?” Journalists and aid workers face increased threats from ISIS, which has been using high-profile kidnappings to further their cause. So which is really more dangerous, being an aid worker or a journalist?