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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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In the weeks after the initial peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC was rejected in the referendum vote by a slim margin, negotiators have been working around the clock to modify the accord to appeal to a broader public that insists they still want peace with justice. In a statement released today,…

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On Aug. 18 the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would soon begin to phase out private prisons due to safety concerns. The change was made due to numerous reports of abuse and neglect occurring in private, for-profit prisons that hold federal contracts. The government began contracting with private companies to run prisons in the…

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Ask your member of Congress to support H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act. Background: Decades of overly harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have led to a dramatic increase in the incarcerated population in the U.S. Our country now incarcerates more people than any other in the world. Unfair sentences have affected millions of families across…

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Today we are delighted to share some reflections from the MennoBytes blog on a recent criminal justice event that we co-sponsored, along with the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in Harrisonburg, Virginia: I am fortunate to work on the edge of the Eastern Mennonite University campus—known around the world, literally, for…

Read more The Church and Criminal Justice: What it Looks Like “On the Ground”

Dekoundam Louise shares peanuts grow by the Bedai village women's group.
MCC partner Baobab trained women in Badei village in techniques to raise healthier goats, chickens and ducks. Training on how to use vaccines for goats and poultry was also provided to help villagers maintain healthy animals which typically garner a higher sale price at market.
In rural areas outside Moundou, Chad, MCC supports the work of partner organization Baobab, which provides agricultural training, helping farmers to raise healthier livestock and find new opportunities to earn an income from their land. .

Peanuts have taken center stage in Haiti, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a surplus of peanuts in the U.S. would be shipped to Haitian school children. It has ignited a lively debate between proponents of food assistance, Haitian development organizations and farmer coalitions, and international organizations with years of experience working…

Read more True cost of “free” peanuts