Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What is the what

by Dave Eggers
Random House Digital, Inc., 2007 - Fiction - 560 pages

"What Is the What" is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino's travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback) the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, "What Is the What" is heart breaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tackle key children’s issues in South Sudan

Hilde F. Johnson,  
United Nations  
Children Fund’s  
deputy executive  
director. (Photo: UNICEF)
By Julius N. Uma and Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 27, 2011 (JUBA / BENTIU) - Hilde Johnson, United Nations Children Fund’s (UNICEF) deputy executive director has appealed on Sunday to the southern government to fully commit itself in tacking key issues affecting children in the semi-autonomous region.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Johns Hopkins Center for Global Clinical Health Education

"The Johns Hopkins CCGHE is a center of excellence supporting clinical care and research training in resource-limited settings that complements and builds upon the extensive ongoing international, collaborative research and training programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health." - 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It Happened On The Way To War

“Rye Barcott’s engaging and candid memoir on the catalytic power of participatory development shows us that, whether we are in the slums of the world’s biggest cities, in rural Haiti, or on college campuses, we can learn from Tabitha, Salim, and Rye—a nurse, a community organizer, and a young Marine living in urban poverty—about how to fight extreme privation and bring about lasting change.” —Dr. Paul Farmer, professor, Harvard Medical School, and co-founder of Partners In Health

Bloomsbury USA, 2011 - 352 pages

Three Cups of Tea meetsOne Bullet Away in this inspiring, literary memoir by a young Marine who finds his calling empowering youth in one of the world's largest and most volatile slumsIn 2000, 

Rye Barcott spent part of a summer living in ten-by-ten-foot shacks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a 20-year-old college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand extreme ethnic violence something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined. 

Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a tough community organizer, Salim Mohamed.It Happened On the Way to Waris the gripping story of this unlikely trio's journey to build a nongovernmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa's largest slums. 

Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a global pioneer of the movement called participatory development. Timemagazine called CFK a "Hero of Global Health," and dignitaries such as Melinda Gates and Barack Obama have visited to see its best practices. CFK's greatest lesson may be that with the right kind of support, people in desperate places will take charge of their lives and create breathtaking change.

Engaged in two seemingly contradictory forms of public service at the same time, Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a Marine human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. Struggling with the intense stress of leading highly trained Marines in dangerous places, he took the tools he learned building community in one of the most fractured parts of Kenya and became a more effective counter-insurgent and peacekeeper. 

This is a true story of sacrifice and courage, failure and triumph, and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It's a story of what America's role in the world could be.

Monday, March 14, 2011

About the Satellite Sentinel Project

The Satellite Sentinel Project -- conceived by George Clooney -- combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google's Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan. The project provides an early warning system to deter mass atrocities by focusing world attention and generating rapid responses on human rights and human security concerns.
This project is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Not On Our Watch, theEnough ProjectGoogle, the United Nations UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)DigitalGlobe, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Trellon, LLC.
The project works like this: Commercial satellites passing over the border of northern and southern Sudan are able to capture possible threats to civilians, observe the movement of displaced people, detect bombed and razed villages, or note other evidence of pending mass violence.
UNOSAT leads the collection and analysis of the images and collaborates with Google andTrellon to design the web platform for the public to easily access the images and reports.Harvard Humanitarian Initiative provides system-wide research and leads the collection, human rights analysis, and corroboration of on-the-ground reports that contextualizes the satellite imagery. The Enough Project contributes field reports, provides policy analysis, and, together with Not On Our Watch, and our Sudan Now partners, puts pressure on policymakers by urging the public to act. DigitalGlobe provides satellite imagery and additional analysis.
The Satellite Sentinel Project marks the first sustained, public effort to systematically monitor and report on potential hotspots and threats to security along a border, in near real-time (within 24-36 hours), with the aim of heading off humanitarian disaster and human rights crimes before they occur.
Not On Our Watch -- co-founded by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub -- has provided seed money to launch the project. Please support the Satellite Sentinel Project by donating to Not On Our Watch.
General Inquiries
Isaac Baker
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Friday, March 11, 2011

Khan Academy

TEDTalks : Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education - Salman Khan (2011)
via TEDTalks (video) on 3/9/11

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Related: Khan Academy Education Videos Arrive in the App Studio from BitTorrent blog

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inexpensive Tools To Save Infant and Maternal Lives in Southern Sudan

Uploaded by on Jan 26, 2011

Doctor Thomas F. Burke, Chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the dire state of infant and maternal health in Southern Sudan and discusses simple tools that can save lives.

For more on this initiative, visit the Division’s Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival Initiative (MNCSI)

The Division of Global Health and Human Rights (GHHR) of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) collaborates with numerous partners from around the world to bring innovative, high-impact solutions to a wide variety of resource-scarce settings.

For more on MGH's Division of Global Health and Human Rights visit:

Ujenzi partners with the GHHR as they marshal the experiences and resources of the MGH community to create systemic change on health issues that affect the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Initiative to End Child Malnutrition - Rukungiri, Uganda

January 2010 by Nyakibale Films

Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights
Harvard College Global Hunger Initiative

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