Tag Archives: Tsunami

In Sri Lanka: Reconciliation & Reconstruction

Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka is now focused on the “3 R’s:” Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation. The immense cost for resettling the 280,000 people in the camps is staggering. European leaders need to stop lecturing and start helping.It is actually possible that China will be able to step into the picture if Europe continues to […]

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HuffPo Interview with Red Cross Secretary General in Geneva

New York, N.Y.  Having witnessed the incredible work of the Red Cross in Aceh, Indonesia following the Tsunami of 2004 — and seeing for the first time Red Crescents in action — I have always dreamed to meet those responsible for coordinating the largest humanitarian response in human history. I recently interviewed is one of […]

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In Sri Lanka: On the Streets of Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka. The euphoria remains on the balmy streets of Colombo. One week ago the Tamil Tigers were at last defeated — on the beaches of the north — after 26 years of terrorism. Their human hostages have escaped. The Sri Lankan flag flies now from virtually every tuk-tuk (three-wheeled taxi) and every building. Children grin broadly […]

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Sri Lanka Triumphant At Last

Sri Lanka. The 26-year war against the Tamil Tigers — the so-called Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamis (LTTE) — is over and Sri Lanka is at last and thankfully at peace. In spite of the slaughter, using their own people as human shields, creating the largest, bloodiest hostage drama of modern times, the Tigers have […]

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New York Times Essay: First One Orphan, Then Many More

New York, N.Y.  The United States has plenty of affluent do-gooders who are taken with the idea that with their experience and creativity they could harness expertise and money to better the lives of people in the developing world. . I know now, seven years after founding my own global charitable organization, that this is […]

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