On the Frontlines of the Ebola Response: An Inside Look at a Program to Help the Grieving

In Liberia, a country gripped by Ebola, the outbreak has not only taken its toll on health care workers but also on the professionals who comfort the grieving.

“The outbreak of Ebola was very shocking and overwhelming to our country,” said Jestina Hoff, a counselor with the Liberian Red Cross.  “It brought a lot fear.”

The outbreak has also hampered Hoff’s ability to do her job.”  As a counselor, I talk to parents who lost a child or to someone who has gotten sick with the virus,” said Hoff.  “They are feeling so discouraged, and I have to help them accept the situation and comfort them, but without touching them.”

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There is evil in this world… Ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil. ISIL is the face of that evil.
Secretary Kerry on the murder of James Foley, August 20, 2014
Six Things To Know About U.S.-Somalia Relations

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  1. Landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) are scattered throughout Somalia as a result of years of civil war and internal conflicts.
  2. Al-Shabaab’s access to poorly secured weapons stockpiles aggravates violence, fuels crime, and poses a threat to security in Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa.
  3. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is working with the Somali National Army to successfully curb the control and influence of al-Shabaab.
  4. The international community, with the strong leadership of the United States, has made great strides in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa, and pirate attacks off the coast Somalia are at the lowest levels since 2006.
  5. The U.S. is committed to supporting Somalia, providing over $1.5 billion in assistance since 2009 and over $300 million in FY2013 alone.
  6. In January 2013, the United States recognized the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS).

Read more about the U.S.-Somalia relationship on DipNote!

We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities.
Secretary Kerry on World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2014
Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day. Last year alone, 155 aid workers were killed, 134 were kidnapped and over 170 were seriously wounded. World Humanitarian Day commemorates the aid workers who have lost their lives helping others in need – and recognizes the commitment to the life-saving work humanitarians carry out around the world every day.

Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day. Last year alone, 155 aid workers were killed, 134 were kidnapped and over 170 were seriously wounded. World Humanitarian Day commemorates the aid workers who have lost their lives helping others in need – and recognizes the commitment to the life-saving work humanitarians carry out around the world every day.

We continue to see important progress across different parts of our strategy to support the Iraqi government and combat…ISIL.
President Obama as he provided an update on the situation in Iraq on August 18, 2014
With the UN Security Council, Ambassador Power traveled to South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya last week. Read more about their trip on DipNote: http://go.usa.gov/Ef8H.

With the UN Security Council, Ambassador Power traveled to South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya last week. Read more about their trip on DipNote: http://go.usa.gov/Ef8H.

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Take a look at this video on the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to the outbreak of #‎Ebola virus disease in Guinea and neighbouring countries.

Ebola can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.

Find out more: http://j.mp/VcLQxi

Five Things You Need To Know About South Sudan

 
1.     South Sudan celebrated its third year of independence on July 9, 2014.

The Republic of South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011 following a 2005 peace agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.  South Sudan, the world’s 195th country and the 193rd member state of the United Nations, is also Africa’s first newly independent country since Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993.

2.     As a former part of Sudan, South Sudan has experienced the adverse effects of conflict since 1956, with more than two decades of internal strife.

These conflicts displaced millions of South Sudanese and left the country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, a weak economy, contamination from landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and an abundance of unsecured small arms and light weapons (SA/LW).  The violence that reignited in December 2013 forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes, increasing their vulnerability to cholera outbreaks, widespread famine, landmines, and other unexploded munitions.

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Today, Iraqis took another major step forward in uniting their country.
Ambassador Susan Rice on Prime Minister Maliki’s decision to step aside and support Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, August 14, 2014