Written by Kayla Slagter // I’ll never forget the day I realized news headlines are a collection of real people’s life stories. My friend was sharing her own story at a favorite coffee shop of ours in an up-and-coming area of Kigali, Rwanda. Because of her nationality and age, she was a teenager during the … Continue reading After the Headlines: Trauma and Peacebuilding in the Wake of the Rwandan Genocide
True peace of any kind is difficult to find and harder to keep. It’s also one of the clearest markers of a healthy community. It’s worth working for. In this section, three authors reflect on what it looks like to “make” peace -- to bring healing and new life into broken places. Kayla Slagter writes … Continue reading Theme Overview: Reconciliation & Peacemaking
Written by Camille Frey // The neighborhood I live in is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Houston. Refugees, immigrants, African Americans, Vietnamese, Latinx, and whites call it home. With this great ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity comes the beautiful mosaic of stories lived by its citizens. As I moved into the neighborhood in … Continue reading Houston Strong: Turning Trauma into Hope
Written by Charlie Labarda // It was going to be a hot day. The sun was up, but the electricity was down. We were in one of the relocation sites for families displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda)—the strongest storm to make landfall on record last November 2013. We were there as volunteers … Continue reading What Comes the Day After the Disaster?
“What comes the day after a disaster?” That’s the question one of the authors for this theme begins by wondering. For those of us not directly in the wake of natural disasters and not actively involved in relief work, the drama of a recent hurricane or landslide might seem artificially short-lived. We see the news-stories … Continue reading Theme Overview: Disaster Relief & Recovery