Tag: ReliefWorkers

Sweet is Remembrance of the Righteous

On anniversaries of destructive events, such as wars and genocide, we remember the victims and survivors, but it’s important to remember the often-forgotten helpers, too.

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Saluting all Brave Nurses

Australian nurse poster 1914

May 6-12 is Nurses Week in Canada and the United States. May 12 is International Nurses Day. A big Thank-You to all the brave and caring nurses — past, present and future — who save so many lives.

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Being in a Siege: Marash 1920 and Mosul 2017

Mosul 2017

What is it like to be in a siege? We have an inkling of what civilians in Mosul today are experiencing, thanks to diaries and reports of relief workers almost 100 years ago.

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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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Drain the Swamp: The Strange Case of US High Commissioner Mark Bristol

US High Commissioner Mark L. Bristol

This officious guy was a high ranking representative of the United States of America. Does he remind you of any other officious official today?

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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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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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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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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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The Ruthless Exploitation of Aurora Mardiganian

Ruthless Exploitation of Aurora Mardiganian

Young, innocent Aurora Mardiganian had finally escaped her abusers. Now she was ripe for exploitation by Hollywood, Madison Ave and wartime propaganda.

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Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Acronyms save time—but only if you know what they mean. ABCFM? ACASR? ACRNE? And what exactly is “Oriental”? This glossary will help you keep it straight.

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Aleppo Falls: “Never Again,” We Say Again

Aleppo falls

The evacuation of innocent civilians is once again delayed. Bombs continue to fall and people continue to die. And we continue to say, Never Again.

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Golly, What Did Lee Vrooman’s Mother Think?

A jalopy with Lee Vrooman crosses the Taurus Mountains

Lee Vrooman was one of the first relief workers in Turkey. As a dutiful son, he wrote to his mother… with content guaranteed to give her nightmares.

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