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World Vision's staff respond to natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies in dozens of countries each year. Staff can provide eyewitness interviews, expert analysis and compelling insight into these tragic events.

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Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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Neighbors wash their hands in a community in Sierra Leone hit by Ebola. PHOTO: Jonathan Bundu / World Vision
Nov 14, 2014

Prevention must be part of Ebola response plan, says World Vision

World Vision and a coalition of other faith-based and humanitarian organizations met Thursday with Vice President Joe Biden and White House Ebola Czar Ron Klain to build support for expanding its financial commitment to include both Ebola prevention and treatment.

More than 4,000 people are taking refuge at the airport of Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic. PHOTO: World Vision / Bruno Col
Nov 13, 2014

As conflict drags on, children in Central African Republic suffering the most, says new report

More than 4,000 people are taking refuge at the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic. The airport is heavily protected by French and African forces, giving families some assurance of safety from the rampant conflict. 

Many people still live inside the "40 Meter No-Build-Zone," in makeshift huts, with nowhere else to go. PHOTO: German Press photographer Klaus Becker on his trip to Tacloban and Ormac for the one year anniversay of Typhoon Haiyan. Used with permission.
Nov 7, 2014

A year since Typhoon Haiyan: More than a million people assisted; a remarkable journey of resilience

November 8 is precisely one year since the world’s strongest typhoon slammed the Philippines with unimaginable force. In the last 12 months, World Vision has continued to stand with survivors as they begin to rebuild their lives and look toward the future.

One year after Typhoon Haiyan, World Vision helps more than 1 million people
Nov 6, 2014

One year after Typhoon Haiyan, World Vision helps more than 1 million people

In the central Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan survivors are benefiting from new homes and restored livelihoods one year after the devastating storm, but much work still needs to be done.

Sierra Leone: Ebola closes schools, imperils students’ future
Nov 6, 2014

Sierra Leone: Ebola closes schools, imperils students’ future

Schools are closed in Sierra Leone because of the Ebola virus. Twelve-year-old Zainab worries about falling behind in learning. She and her mother say children may become dropouts or child brides if they are out of school for long.

Ethiopia famine, 30 years later: Alerting the world to a humanitarian emergency
Oct 23, 2014

Ethiopia famine, 30 years later: Alerting the world to a humanitarian emergency

October 23 marked 30 years since a BBC news report turned the world’s attention to the plight of famine-stricken Ethiopians. World Vision catches up with the pilots who helped them get that footage. They reflect on the experience, its impact on their lives, and the transformation communities there have experienced since.

Drought and food insecurity could lead to another famine in Somalia.
Oct 16, 2014

Somalia on brink of famine again as world celebrates World Food Day, says World Vision

Somalia is on the brink of famine again, as the world celebrates World Food Day.

Ansha, playing with her youngest daughter, Maida. Ansha was just 10 years old when Ethiopia’s infamous 1984 famine swept Antsokia Valley. Suffering from malnutrition, she recovered following treatment at one of World Vision’s emergency feeding centers. Though she experienced nightmares for years, today her life has transformed. Now the mother of four healthy children, Ansha sells sugarcane by the truckload. PHOTO: Alexander Whittle / World Vision
Oct 20, 2014

Antsokia Valley transformed over 30 years, says World Vision

Children are now thriving in today’s lush green landscape of Antsokia, which was one of the hardest-hit areas 30 years ago, where an estimated 1 million people were affected by famine in Ethiopia.

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