Syrian refugees are sharing stories of deep pain and loss, with over 3 million of them having fled to neighboring countries seeking protection from the devastating civil war that has torn their nation apart. One family that fled to Lebanon revealed how they lost their 5-year-old son to leukemia after they were unable to pay the fees charged by a local hospital.
Kristin Wright, director of advocacy for Christian relief group Open Doors USA, spoke with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Friday and shared stories of tremendous loss that she has heard while working at unofficial refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley, near Beirut. more >>
U.S. military personnel are in West Africa assisting with relief efforts to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus, which has now killed over 3,000 people.
"There is no argument the disease is out in front of the response," said Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that between 550,000 and 1.4 million people could be infected by the deadly Ebola outbreak by January if it is not contained. Although the World Health Organization confirmed 5,800 cases earlier this week, which has led to 2,800 deaths, health experts agree the numbers are highly under-reported.
"If conditions continue without scale-up of interventions, cases will continue to double approximately every 20 days, and the number of cases in West Africa will rapidly reach extraordinary levels. However, the findings also indicate that the epidemic can be controlled," states the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released on Tuesday.
The report also noted that cases in Liberia are doubling every 15-20 days, while those in Sierra Leone and Guinea are doubling every 30 to 40 days. The outbreak has also spread to Nigeria and Senegal, but there have only been select few cases reported so far. more >>
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke before Congress Thursday and asked the U.S. to provide military assistance against Russian aggression. Poroshenko described the critical situation in eastern Ukraine, where several towns have been captured by pro-Russian forces, and said that Ukrainians are fighting a "war for the free world."
"If they are not stopped now, they will cross European border(s) and they will absolutely spread throughout the world," Poroshenko said, according to USNews. "The choice is simple: It is between civilization and barbarism."
The Ukrainian president said that his country appreciates the help the U.S. has sent in terms of supplies, but said that more will be needed in order to combat separatists who are tearing the country apart. more >>
The Episcopal Church recently announced that it will providing $40,000 in grants for philanthropic purposes for the benefit of Ferguson, Missouri.
TEC's Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will provide $30,000, while Episcopal Relief & Development will provide $10,000.
Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement released Monday the effort "addresses both immediate need and long term issues related to the cycle of poverty." more >>
SIM USA President Bruce Johnson has praised President Barack Obama's recent announcement to send over 3,000 medical personnel to West Africa to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. The Christian missionary group, which saw one of its workers come down with Ebola while treating patients, said help from the U.S. is greatly needed and welcomed.
"The multifaceted response to the Ebola crisis announced today by President Obama is what we have been hoping for and what is needed in Liberia and West Africa," Johnson said in a press release. "Three things are vital right now: more beds and equipment, more trained medical professionals, and more training of Liberians and West Africans. This plan addresses these desperate needs."
Obama announced on Tuesday that he is ordering members of the U.S. Armed Forces to go to Liberia, which has been hit hardest by the outbreak. Over 2,400 people have died from the outbreak, with Guinea and Sierra Leone being two other countries seriously infected. more >>