Two Degrees of Devastation: New Zealand Earthquake

Eight hundred miles and Cook's Strait away from Christchurch, we didn't feel the physical shocks of the quake up in the Bay of Islands, but the emotional ones have hit us all. They've been pulling bodies out of the rubble while the nation watches in horror. We've been told there are at least 114 fatalities, but to steel ourselves for many more. There may be as many as 300. ...more

So glad to hear that your friend and her family are alive and well. It's terrible to see the ...more

(PHOTOS) Haiti Has Our Hearts One Year After the Earthquake

As we mark the passing of this first anniversary since the devastating earthquake, the real stories are being told all across Leogane, Port au Prince, Petit Goave and the entire country. MSNBC and ABC must sell more advertising by focusing on the negative, because the positive is not very hard to find. It stands out all around us. It begs for us to notice. ...more

After being inexplicably personally devastated by the aftermath of an earthquake on an island ...more

Before the Weather Hits: How to Make Your Own Emergency Survival Kit

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Tsunamis. Volcanic explosions. Floods. Tornadoes. Fire. Terrorist attack. There are any number of events that can turn your life into a fight for survival. You've got a better chance of winning that fight if you are prepared. ...more

Thanks so much for the post and all the tips. With the holidays around the corner, I am ...more

(VIDEO) My Trip to Help the Children of Haiti

The house we were staying in was on 8 acres, and is one of the lucky few in Léogâne to have survived the quake. At one point, there had been 750 people living in tents in the field beside the house. Now there are 18 families, all related in some way to the house or the camp (housekeepers, counselors, etc.). That's where all the kids were coming from, and there were many more. ...more

I was sincerely touched by the slide show and you great detail of your visit. My church visited ...more

Rape: For Haiti's Displaced Women & Girls The Trauma Continues

I’ve been sitting here for well over an hour, searching for words to convey the heaviness I feel regarding the plight of Haiti’s women and girls, who having survived the January Earthquake, must now endure rape and abuse in their makeshift tent homes — in epidemic numbers.Was rape an issue in Haiti before the Earthquake? Absolutely.  However, with their male support (fathers, brothers, husbands and boyfriends) and community networks lost, Haiti’s displaced women and girls are exposed more than ever to gender violence often being rendered by gang rapes....more

An earthquake victim's letter to a dead friend

Yesterday, the disheartened - and hardening - citizens of earthquake-ravaged Aquila, took to the streets; this time, not to shovel out in wheelbarrows the detritus of their homes, but to protest in Rome about the slow pace (some would say a stock-still  pace) of reconstruction.  And while about 16000 citizens have returned to makeshift habitats there, it seems the only one who got a fabulous apartment in a pre-war building was the head of the buildings projects - but his swanky place 'gifted' by builders was on Rome's haughty via Giulia....more

Chilean President In Solidarity with Haitian Women

  This post was originally written on February 20th, 2010, just one week before the 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Concepción, Chile. ...more

Violence Against Women and Social Assessment of Haitian Camps

While I lay in a tent in FIRE's camp in Haiti I remember one of the first popular songs that changed social consciousness regarding violence against women, at a time when the subject was a well-known secret and there was no political, social and cultural acknowledgment of violence against women as a violation of the human rights of women. ...more

Emotional abuse also includes conflicting actions or statements which are designed to confuse ...more

Chilean Earthquake

When I hear about catastrophes like the earthquake in Chile over the weekend, it seems so distant that it’s hard to relate. Normally I feel terrible for people who’ve suffered, but when it’s far away and doesn’t directly affect me – I feel sad and helpless. When the place that a tragedy occurs also happens to be the place I’ve visited and where family and friends live – the abstract distance does not apply…and wow does it ever change the watching the news experience....more