These documents can be used to assess and review the humanitarian response in Nepal. I included government lists of approved humanitarian aid and taxes. Please note this document set dynamically updates as I write additional stories and conduct additional research, so check back for new additions.
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In order to write the story, “Disappointing Findings on International Aid in the Nepal Earthquake Disaster,” I referred to a tremendous amount of data and documents. I believe that the quality and quantity of reporting on humanitarian disasters is damaged by the difficulty people have in accessing crucial information. Keeping that in mind, I have made all of my original research and data analysis available to the public.
While working on my recent story about the village of Takara in Vanuatu, I discovered many organizations had been to visit Takara, but it wasn’t always clear why. Following disasters aid groups often overlap, fill gaps and sometimes work invisibly in communities. Even though the organizations start out with the same goal — “to help” — the way they achieve that goal can vary widely.
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.
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.
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!
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?