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Several years ago, Emmanuel Sawa, then a high school student in the Plateau State of Nigeria, dropped out of school when violence caused his parents to lose their livelihood and become displaced along with many others in their community. Sawa, like many other young adults who either grew up in Plateau State or moved there…

Read more In Nigeria, preventing radicalization through rebuilding lives

In Luke 5, a man with leprosy approaches Jesus and, with his face to the ground, he begs to be healed, pleading, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean” (Luke 5:12). To put the story in context, Mosaic law required people sick with leprosy to rip their clothes, live away from the city…

Read more Seeking relief

December 2, 2019 U.S. says it does not see Israeli settlements as illegal On November 18 the U.S. announced that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to necessarily be illegal under international law. The move is the latest in a series of actions benefiting Israel, including relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and…

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Taha Mqat, his wife and seven children have watched their home be destroyed or damaged by Israeli bombs three times. The family lives in Gaza, a strip of land that is 139 square miles — about the size of Detroit. Gaza is home to 1.8 million people, who have endured three military conflicts between Israel…

Read more Gaza family’s dreams

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, is quoted as saying, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” Congress continues to discuss the possibility of passing the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, which would provide access to Pell Grants…

Read more An education for all

Today 26 national-level Christian leaders released a letter in support of H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.”  J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., is one of the signers. The letter says: As faith leaders who deeply care about the well-being of children…

Read more Christian leaders release letter in support of Palestinian children’s rights

Over the past several weeks, Iraqis have been protesting in the streets. More than 100 people have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded. The protesters’ demands are basic: They want jobs, improved services such as education, water and electricity, and an end to corruption. There are many reasons why these conditions are lacking in…

Read more Iraq: Rebuilding what is broken