Issues

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At this time of year the hearts and minds of many Christians turn toward the “little town” of Bethlehem. Bethlehem still exists today as a Palestinian city in the West Bank, under Israeli military occupation. But recently the little “town” of Amona has been getting more attention. Amona is an “outpost,” housing about 40 families…

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During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile peace accord vote in Colombia one month ahead of U.S. elections. While many in Colombia do support an end to the conflict, a…

Read more Votes Reveal Divisions

West Coast MCC sponsored a borderlands learning tour for students from Fresno Pacific University (California). Participants walk the same path that thousands of immigrants have walked on in the desert near the Mexico-U.S. border. (Photo/Angel De Leon)

Transitions are always difficult. Eight years ago when President Obama came into office, many immigration advocates had an abundance of hope. Obama had campaigned with very immigrant-friendly rhetoric and expectations were high. Those hopes quickly turned to frustration as, in his first year in office, deportations increased. Although in 2012 Obama protected some from deportation…

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Six years after cholera was introduced into one of Haiti’s largest rivers due to negligent waste management at a United Nations Peacekeeper base, the UN publicly apologized to cholera victims. The United Nations deeply regrets the loss of life and suffering caused by the cholera outbreak in Haiti. On behalf of the United Nations, I want…

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At Mtshabezi Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe, MCC is helping mothers get the medical care they need and avoid passing HIV on to their newborn babies. Sipho Ncube began receiving care for HIV at the hospital before her 3-year-old daughter Privilege was born. Ncube, holding baby Quincy, is pictured with daughter Princess. (MCC Photo/Richard Ndlovu)

Victor Ncube is a 3-month-old baby at Isaiah’s Baby Home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which provides basic services for abandoned or orphaned children. At any given time, up to 20 children at the home receive free health-care services and nutritional assistance, with the support of Mennonite Central Committee. About 830 women die each day due to…

Read more Reaching both mother and child

Cholera victims and families demand justice in Port-au-Prince during a peaceful protest at the UN log base.

It has been six years since the disastrous January 2010 earthquake in Haiti which killed over 200,000 Haitians; it was also the year of the tragic outbreak of cholera that has now infected more than 785,000 people. Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness and there are an estimated 3-5 million cases around the world each…

Read more Haiti in hope of recovery