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A recent study published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a bleak future if nothing is done by governments and individuals to curb climate change. Vulnerable communities around the world are already experiencing the negative impacts of a changing climate, including drought, flooding, famine and increased natural disasters, all of which also contribute to migration…

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  Central American migrant caravan A caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants entered Mexico in mid-October. Though this caravan is unusually large, traveling together is common as migrants are less likely to be victims of violence in a bigger group. Most are fleeing violence and poverty in their home communities. As with previous caravans, many people…

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We have a long history in the United States of blaming immigrants — whether German, Irish, Catholic, Chinese or, more recently, Hispanic and Muslim — for society’s ills. Immigrants are called criminal and morally corrupt when, in fact, the crime rate for immigrants is much less than for U.S.-born citizens. Immigrants are set up as…

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In 2015, Artur’s* family was forced to leave their home in Aleppo, Syria when their home was destroyed. Artur, who requires expensive medications and is unemployed, lives with his elderly parents, wife and two children. The family has received various forms of assistance from Mennonite Central Committee through a partner organization. The war in Syria…

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Read in Spanish. Central American migrant caravan A caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants entered Mexico in mid-October. Though this caravan is unusually large, such caravans are common as, by travelling in groups, migrants are less likely to be victims of violence or other crimes. Many are fleeing violence and poverty in their home communities. Others…

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As we entered the classroom, a group of girls performed a lively traditional Palestinian dance for us, with a colorful mural as the backdrop. The dance class is sponsored by the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), which receives support from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Along with dance, CFTA offers many other activities for youth…

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Other stories have long since overshadowed the groundbreaking summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jung Un of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). Sadly, it seems the United States government is dragging its heels in this critical process that could bring reconciliation to the Korean Peninsula and between decades-long adversaries. Despite…

Read more When pressure prevents life-saving aid