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Sabine Oishi: When the US bombed Switzerland

Although Switzerland was not actively involved in WWII, it suffered a total of seventy bombings by Allied airplanes between 1940 and 1945.

January 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

Michael T. Young: The Spoils of War

A little girl grips the one toy she was
allowed to carry away through crowds
stumbling together from their homes.

December 29, 2022 · 4 Comments

Lasse Söderberg: The dead children in the Tajo River

They have left the city
and their blind games
under the white bone of the sun

November 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: The Kites

A girl is playing on the green slopes of a valley in Kurdistan, on the border between Iran and Iraq, when her kite is suddenly swept across the river by the wind. Three boys on the other side see her calling for help, but cannot make out what she is saying: she is just too far away. Separated by the river, the children try to communicate with each other – yet between them lie the explosive remnants of past wars.

September 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abayomi Animashaun: Collateral Damage

In the orchards, the old revolutionaries
Have gathered again for tea

July 14, 2022 · 6 Comments

Richard Hoffman: Uvalde, TX, 5/24/2022

That his dead
brother he
bringing him home.

May 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

Cynthia Atkins: The Last Cricket Standing

The women are lighting Shabbos candles
with Molotov Cocktails — A baby is passed to arms
on a train.

March 12, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: Nadine Burke Harris | How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

August 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Starlings (corrected version)

My mind suddenly shifts
to tally one week’s arithmetic of grief:
eighty children among the hundreds killed
in a fine-tuned cone of shrapnel

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East

Why the movements that pressured the U.S. Senate to reject current U.S. foreign policy regarding Saudi Arabia and its war on Yemen must continue to raise their voices. On November … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Okaji: Aleppo

A father sings to his son, dead two days, and the platitudes persist. Widow of night. Lantern’s trick. What trace, you wonder, exists of humanity in these etched walls? Light … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rev. Dr. Charles N. Davidson: A Summons to a Nationwide Citizens’ Mobilization to Free and Unite Migrant and Refugee Children and Families

The crucial moment has arrived amid the immigration crisis inflaming the nation—the time for citizens from cities, townships, and hamlets across the land to answer the clarion call to take … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jen Marlowe: “One Family in Gaza”

One Family in Gaza, Jen Marlowe’s award-winning short documentary film featuring the Awajah family. Included here by permission of TomDispatch.

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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