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Those caught in conflict and natural disasters are part of growing trend exemplified by Syria, South Sudan and the Philippines. (Blog post by: David Miliband
Retrieved from 24/7 WallSt Dec. 11, 2013
By: Paul Ausick
Natural disasters in the United States, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires, are becoming more common and more costly, both in dollar terms and in terms of lives lost. And while 2013 did not surpass 2012 in the number of these events, the cyclical nature of disastrous events does not indicate that 2014 will be an even milder year. Research firm CoreLogic Inc. (NASDAQ: CLGX) published on Wednesday its review of the past year’s natural disasters and its analysis of the risks going into next year. Read more:
Non-governmental organizations from across the globe, including Irish observers, staged a mass walk-out from the UN’s 19th climate change conference in Warsaw in an expression of frustration over lack of progress. Read more
Save the oceans from warming
WARSAW, 18 November 2013 (IRIN) – The Earth’s oceans are being forced to absorb more and more planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, causing them to acidify at rates not seen in the last 300 million years, says a new report released for policymakers today at the UN climate talks in Warsaw.
They come from Bhutan and Burma, Chad and Congo, Togo and Thailand, Sri Lanka and Somalia, Nepal and Ethiopia…. some where Americans. Thousands of families – mothers and wives, fathers and sons, infants and aging elders fleeing war, poverty, ethnic violence, human trafficking, and natural disasters, others were reeling from economic collapse and other forms of abuse. If you look closely into their eyes, you could see a glimmer of hope of a better, safer tomorrow.
Many were housed in an area which is notorious for its high crime, drug activity and prostitution, yet minutes from the prestigious Montclair neighborhood, this growing refugee community was one of Denver’s best-kept secrets. Looking for a way to tap into the international community, I connected with Lutheran Family Services.
LFS gave me an opportunity to mentor a Congolese family of 6 housed in an apartment complex with many other refugee families, (which was unknown to me at the time). I could witness first-hand the inadequacy and the break-down of services to one of the most vulnerable populations.
Walking through the alleys strewed with trash and debris, they acknowledged the deplorable conditions in which the refugees were forced to live. Stories shared over a simple cup of tea and biscuits revealed tales of rape and torture, violence and death, hunger and fear, opportunities lost and futures destroyed in their home countries. With some encouragement, they shared their sense of fear and frustration about their current circumstances and the serious gaps in services.
Delays in resources for food for weeks at a time, the obstacles to finding adequate employment, the very real dangers of the neighborhoods in which they were forced to live, the conditions of the apartments often infested with bugs, the acts of violence against immigrants in their neighborhood, even attacks on their children as, they returned from school. They survived the trauma in their home countries, and re-traumatized in their host countries.
Critically assessing their situation compelled my spirit to go a step further in providing better resolutions to their problems. Subsequently, CDDS was created as a direct response to the mitigating challenges displaced people around the world.
Today we affirm our commitment to displaced people around the world community to help provide support, guidance and a pathway to healing and dignity.
E.D. Allen, President/CEO