Europe/Americas update: September 9-10 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Two boats containing 305 Syrian refugees reached Cyprus early Sunday morning, probably the largest single group to make it to the island nation since the civil war began. Cypriot police arrested one of the pilots of the two boats, and the final disposition of the refugees is yet to be decided–some may remain… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 9-10 2017

Hurricane Matthew: where to donate

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, though that’s more about my inattention than any decrease in the amount of pain and suffering in the world, unfortunately. But as you probably already know, Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, hit Haiti earlier today. It’s far too early to assess either the human… Continue reading Hurricane Matthew: where to donate

Ecuador earthquake: where to donate

Ecuador was hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Saturday night. The latest estimates are that over 350 people were killed and 2000 injured as a result of the quake, and unfortunately, due in part to poor weather hampering relief efforts, those numbers may well rise further. If you can, please consider donating something… Continue reading Ecuador earthquake: where to donate

Cyclone Winston hits Fiji: where to donate

Category 5 Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on Saturday, and it really must have been something: At least 10 people were killed in Fiji when a record-breaking storm struck the island nation Saturday night, according to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. Now that Tropical Cyclone Winston has passed, the arduous tasks of cleanup and damage assessment from… Continue reading Cyclone Winston hits Fiji: where to donate

Horn of Africa famine: where to donate

Drought has led to famine in the Horn of Africa, and the situation is critical. How critical? This critical: Save the Children, the international non-governmental organisation, says that the drought in Ethiopia represents as big a potential threat to children’s lives as the war in Syria. “We only have two emergencies in the world that… Continue reading Horn of Africa famine: where to donate

Typhoon Melor hits the Philippines: where to donate

If we could leave aside the incredibly important controversy over who won the Miss Universe pageant last night (congratulations to Miss Philippians, by the way), the Philippines has been hit by two separate tropical weather events in the past week: Typhoon Melor last Monday and tropical depression Onyok at the end of last week. The… Continue reading Typhoon Melor hits the Philippines: where to donate