As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its fourth decade, Afghan civilians continue to pay the price. Violence has been increasing in intensity and spreading to previously peaceful areas. The gains made in improving health and education are increasingly fragile due to insecurity, corruption, and the politicization of aid. While the international community has acknowledged that the problems in Afghanistan will not be solved by military means alone, the desperate humanitarian situation is only made worse by the declining stability of that region.
1.2 million Pakistanis fled fighting due to military offensives, ethinic cleansing and religious totalitarianism and are still unable to return home. The devastating floods that began at the end of July 2010 have displaced millions more and the total impact is estimated to be larger then the 2004 tsunami, the January earthquake in Haiti and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan combined. As more refugees arrive the more information of what is going on inside this vital middle eastern country is astounding.
Almost twelve years after the U.S. military occupation of Iraq, the country continues to face large scale displacement and pressing humanitarian needs. Millions of Iraqis have fled their homes – either for safer locations within Iraq or to other countries in the region – and are living in increasingly desperate circumstances. Iraq’s future will only be secure and prosperous if the needs of the displaced are made priority. These people, in many cases, arrive in their new country highly educated but because most countries do not recognized their degrees they are forced to be dishwashers, day laborers & othe minimum wage jobs while starting oveer from scratch to re-earn their college degrees.