Category: Humanitarianism

Kindergarten: Germany’s Gift to the World

kindergarten: children in a garden with a teacher

The idea of children as plants to be nurtured and teachers as gardeners turns out to be an old idea, but one that spread quickly and firmly around the world.

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How to Hide Gold from Ottoman Officials and Roving Brigands

How to Hide Gold from Ottoman Officials and Roving Brigands

Missionaries had a lot of gold. They used it to pay for the vital needs of refugees and those under their care. But other people wanted to get their hands on it, too.

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Australian Nurses in the NER

Australian nurse poster 1914

Did you know that Australians not only participated in the infamous WWI Gallipoli Campaign, but witnessed the genocides, and gave humanitarian aid to the survivors?

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The Revolutionary Radioptican Home Entertainment System

Radioptican and Susan Wealthy Orvis' photograph of Jerusalem's wailing wall

Fun evenings’ entertainment used to be sing-alongs by the piano, or a rousing game of charades. This new-fangled contraption elevated it to the next level!

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They Didn’t Call it PTSD a Hundred Years Ago

PTSD missionaries and NER workers

We associate post-traumatic stress disorder with soliders, but health care professionals and humanitarian aid workers experience it, too. Now and 100 years ago.

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In the Movies of My Mind

In the movies of my mind

Writing is hard work. To liven it up, I run movies in the theatre of my mind. The people I’m writing about come alive in my head, except they look an awful lot like famous movie stars.

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Humanitarian Aid – British Style

Humanitarian Aid with Union Jack showing

Substantial humanitarian aid in the Ottoman Empire came from the British Empire: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and other countries.

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Thanks for Your Support. Here’s Why It’s So Important

Thank you

The book I’m writing will NOT be published without help. Not financial help. No, I need as many “likes” as possible because that’s what publishers want.

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Humanitarian Aid – American Style

US flag, coin and boater hat illustrating American humanitarian aid

International humanitarian aid is more than a hundred years old. It started in and around the Ottoman Empire. This is a brief account of how it began – in grand American style.

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When Times are Scary, Look for the Helpers

holding hands

Even when it’s not a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, we can still take solace from the wisdom of Mr. Rogers: There are so many helpers in the world.

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Do You Recognize Any of These Missionaries and Relief Workers?

Missionaries and relief workers in Talas, Turkey circa 1919

I know the two women on the left, but need help identifying the other American and Canadian missionaries and NER relief workers in Talas and Cesarea, Turkey 1919.

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Bittersweet Tale: A Bedouin Sheikh Saved an Armenian Family

Bedouin sheikh saves Armenian family

Five Armenian children were sweetly loved by a Bedouin sheikh and his family, but bureaucracy bitterly interfered with everyone’s happiness.

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How To Make Bulgur in 7 Easy Steps

How To Make Bulgur

It’s the basis of tabbouleh, but do you know how to make bulgur? Here’s the recipe: First, get a bunch of orphans. Then add bushels of wheat…

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Recovery from Sex Slavery in 1917 and 2017

recovery from sex slavery

Aurora Mardiganian and Farida Khalaf were kidnapped during genocide, and taken into slavery in 1917 and 2017 respectively. Could they ever really recover from physical, emotional and sexual abuse?

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Sending Thanks for the Kindness of Strangers and Friends

Happy New Year 1914 2017

The kindness of friends is wonderful. The kindness of strangers can be astounding. Together this support can transform lives in unexpected ways, both large and small.

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Silent Night: Christmas Eve 1914

Silent Night: Daily Mirror photo of German and British soldiers Christmas Eve 1914

In many parts of the Western Front of WWI, there were no guns, no killing, on Christmas Eve 1914. It was truly a silent night. A blessed night that renews my faith in humanity.

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