NEW YORK, July 6, 2006 - Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, is visiting South Sudan and northern Uganda. In neglected and war-stricken areas, Messinger is bearing witness to the lives of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the ongoing struggle for human rights in the region. Messinger's trip is focusing on community-based civil society projects and the continuing work of AJWS in conflict and post-conflict zones of Africa.
Wedged between emerging superpowers India and China, Burma often goes ignored in the face of other more publicized human rights crises, despite nearly half a century of state violence and oppression.
Despite recent political developments, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur is steadily worsening. At this critical juncture, it is more important than ever that aid organizations maintain their essential presence in the region. AJWS is constantly developing and updating strategies with our partners in the region to ensure that our funding reaches those most in need.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 28, 2006- A major earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck the densely populated city of Yogyakarta at 5:45 am Saturday, May 27. Current death estimates are now at 4,600 and rising. An additional 20,000 people are injured and 200,000 people are now homeless. This is the first disaster to strike Indonesia since the 2004 tsnumai.
Now the priest of Midian [Yitro] had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock; but shepherds came and drove them off. Moses rose to their defense...