Jaron Vogelsang

Remembering Wangari Maathai: Renowned Environmentalist, Human Rights Activist and Winner of a Nobel Peace Prize

I was very saddened to read about the death of Wangari Maathai yesterday, just a few days after I returned from spending several weeks with AJWS’s partners in Kenya and Ethiopia. Maathai was a world renowned environmentalist, the founder of the Green Belt Movement, a political and human rights activist, and the first woman from …Read More

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Kenyans 4 Kenya: Charity Starts at Home

Last week, I wrote about the horrors of the ongoing drought and famine crisis in East Africa and what AJWS is doing to respond. As the crisis continues to unfold, we are hearing more and more about the perils faced by Somalis and Kenyans fleeing the famine. Today, however, instead of writing about the number …Read More

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What's Happening in East Africa and How You Can Help

There is no denying the severity of the crisis in East Africa right now. We’ve read the headlines and seen horrifying photos of starving children. The situation is getting worse every day. Two days ago, the United Nations declared a famine in three more areas of Somalia. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) …Read More

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Refugee Girls Falling Through the Cracks

Originally posted on AidBuzz. As the world takes some time to reflect on the growing refugee crisis in many parts of the world, I’m taking a minute to think about some of the “lost refugees” who, for most people, are totally invisible. Medecins Sans Frontieres recently published a report that Dadaab Refugee Camp in north …Read More

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The ‘Three Cups of Tea’ Controversy, and Why Increased Accountability is a Good Thing

A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal featured a story about the fallout from the controversy around Greg Mortenson’s memoir Three Cups of Tea. If you haven’t been following the story, CBS’s 60 Minutes did an investigation on Mortenson (a former mountain climber, humanitarian, founder of the Central Asia Institute, and best-selling author) only …Read More

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Fighting a Dam from the Ground Up

“These people want Africa to remain as it currently is with all its misery and poverty… I believe the position taken by such groups is not only irrational but also bordering on the criminal.” If someone were to read this passage from a recent speech given by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at the Conference …Read More

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