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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

Mel Packer: Why Bombing Iraq Again is a Terrible Idea

If I see a wounded animal by the side of the road with vultures cautiously approaching it and others circling overhead, should I swerve onto the shoulder and deliberately run … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson: Gaza blockade must end

Israelis and Palestinians are still burying loved ones killed during Gaza’s third war in six years. Since 8 July, more than 1,800 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives have been sacrificed. … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Looking Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime

After the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered over a hundred days in 1994, the U.N. created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with the goal … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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