The Free-Range Parenting Firestorm

By Steven Wright (United States) By now, many of you have heard the story about the Meitiv family in Silver Spring, MD and their “free-range” parenting style who have been investigated by CPS for child neglect simply because they have allowed their kids to walk to and from their local park on their own. Danielle…

Advocating for Better Humanitarian Aid

By Diana Skelton (France) The United Nations is planning a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) — scheduled for May 2016 in Istanbul — in order to improve the effectiveness of aid to victims of both armed conflicts and natural disasters. Because the world population has continued to grow, the areas affected by natural disasters are more…

Are we sincere about leaving no one behind?

By Matt Davies (Mexico) I was recently reading an article by members of Social Watch about the UN post-2015 development agenda which will see the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a change cynics might say that goes little further than one letter in an acronym. However, the process…

Relocated Families Look Back on Their Situation

By ATD Fourth World Philippines “No comment…” “No comment…” that’s his reply when I ask Mr. B about the situation in the relocation sites. He moved three months ago to a new place some 2-3 hours away from Manila. A few days ago, his former dwelling under a bridge was demolished together with those of…

Judgment and Longing to Belong

By Diana Skelton (France) I really should have known better. A few days ago, I was chatting with a French friend of mine. When our conversation turned to the Charlie Hebdo shootings, I began reeling off questions—when she lost her temper with me. “You’re piling on!” “But I was only asking questions! There are so…