Poverty, Powder Kegs, and Stereotypes

By Diana Skelton (France) Have you ever heard it said that “poverty is a powder keg”? That image has been used by leaders like Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu in an attempt to spur society to overcome poverty — a worthy goal. But unfortunately that same image feeds the stereotype of the poor as violent,…

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…

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…