Humanitarian aid

Imagine the exiled Avengers, post-CA:CW:

Imagine Wanda wandering around a refugee camp, bringing supplies to displaced refugees, so like herself and Pietro, and helping people with her powers – from soothing nightmares to helping put up temporary shelters.

Imagine Natasha finding Clint, and the two of them going on a global vigilante spree to shut down human trafficking groups. They wipe out eight different rings, and save hundreds of women and children.

Imagine Sam and T’Challa teaming up and venturing out of Wakanda’s borders to rescue dozens of young women from Boko Haram.

Imagine Steve joining the White Helmets in Syria, lending his strength to holding up rubble as survivors of bombings are pulled out by volunteers who are still braving an active war-zone even without superpowers. 

Imagine them still being heroes, however they can, even without the Avengers or the permission of the Sokovia Accords.

Because that’s who they are. 

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In honor of Trump’s 100th Day, I am donating the $300 raised through my Etsy to a charity that provides rescue aid to refugees. The money was largely raised through bumper stickers ridiculing Rep. Darrell Issa of California’s 49th District and Dana Rohrabacher of the 48th District. I will be donating the money in honor of them and Trump. Their hostility to basic values of decency and compassion have energized a constituency fired up to remove them from office. Even though $300 is a paltry amount given the desperate need for humanitarian aid, it’s probably more good than anything Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have done in 100 days. 

Donating to nonprofits is more important now than ever before due to the Trump administration cutting funding to programs that save and transform lives. However, nonprofits cannot and should not take the place of government that has a duty to build a foundation where justice and equality can flourish. 

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Why U.S.-Trained Surgeons Often Aren't Ready For Humanitarian Work Abroad
A study compares surgeries performed by Doctors Without Borders volunteers in the developing world with those taught to U.S. surgical residents — and finds "a dramatic mismatch."

“What poor countries need are surgeons who can do C-sections and hysterectomies, skills honed in the U.S. by OB-GYNs. But only 0.1 percent of general surgery residents in the study had been trained to do a C-section. Yet it’s the most commonly performed surgical procedure in MSF projects.

“The need for C-section is extraordinary,” says Kuwayama. That is because poor women are often malnourished. “Chronic malnutrition means women’s pelvises don’t develop fully, and the baby has trouble making it through the pelvic outlet to be delivered vaginally.

"The developing world also needs surgeons who can fix a broken thighbone or a shinbone, skills largely under the purview of orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. Fewer than 2 percent of all general surgical residents are trained in orthopedic procedures.”

Good intentions are not enough. Simple research is not enough. You have to research specifically what your intended patient population needs. This can be done through going to NGO recruitment events (in person or webinars), talking to those who have done overseas work and reading books in that field (in this case, case studies in the field, field hospitals, memoirs of field doctors/nurses etc.).

This is one of the first photos I ever took while on assignment outside the US. Even after all these years (more than 30!) I still love it. It was taken in an extremely remote Tonga village in the Zambezi River Valley of Zimbabwe. Outsiders were rare, and these boys were curious, bold and brave! I was there during a time of severe drought. Water sources dried up, cattle were dying, and the people were eating grass to survive. I accompanied a humanitarian aid mission, bringing much needed food and supples to the desperate villagers.

Photojournalist Felipe Dana Covers Mosul, Iraq for #WorldHumanitarianDay

August 19 marks #WorldHumanitarianDay, which pays tribute to humanitarian aid workers and supports civilians affected by crises.

Brazilian photojournalist Felipe Dana’s (@felipedana) mission is to use photography to inform. “In addition to covering major news, we can’t stop looking for stories that aren’t always in the media but that need to be shared,” he says. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Felipe’s photos often capture the harsh realities of urban violence and drug abuse, and his recent work has focused on the lives of refugees and the battle of Mosul in Iraq.

“I often cover urban conflict in Rio de Janeiro, but the reality of Iraq is even more difficult,” says Felipe. “The greatest victims are the families who try to survive surrounded by war. It’s impossible not to get emotional every day working in those places. What makes me reflect the most is the ability to overcome. A lot of people have lost their homes, their families, their mothers, their children. Many are fighting for their lives in hospitals or surviving difficult conditions in refugee camps. But they continue to hope for a stop to the endless war, wishing to be able to safely return to their homes one day.”

There’s a difference between hating the rich in general and hating the idle rich

I choose to hate the idle rich: those who use their gains and privilege for nothing by mindless self-indulgence. There are many people of wealth and means who do so much for their communities, for people across the globe. People like Bill and Melinda Gates who donate billions each year to humanitarian aid. And then there are people who are willing to blow thousands on music festivals that inconvenience people in poor foreign countries, or whose proceeds go to supporting agendas to take away human rights (I’m looking at you Coachella) that could go to something more worthwhile.

Was what happened at Fyre Festival unfortunate? Yes, without a doubt.

Am I thoroughly displeased with the unscrupulous business practices of Ja Rule and Billy McFarland? Of course, I expect every music promoter to follow through with promises and actually cancel a venue well in advance if it looks like an event is going to go south on them.

Do I feel bad for the majority of individuals complaining about it? Not on your life.

Am I going to enjoy a perhaps larger than is healthy dose of schadenfreude over a bunch of millionaires’ spoiled brats spending a miserable weekend in a tropical paradise without the brains or wherewithal to make the best of a bad situation in a beautiful location I will most likely never be able to afford to see in my lifetime? You bet your ass I will. 

Am I glad to hear that people are going to be getting a refund and assistance back to the mainland? Indubitably. Not everyone who purchased a ticket was a member of the idle rich. Some people just happened to be a little naive and just got caught up in the chance to experience a taste of luxury and be near their favorite pseudocelebrities that they try to live vicariously through on Instagram. Some people may have been spoiled rich kids, but there had to have been some actual decent human being there as well, and I’m glad they’ll be getting assistance in going home with a valuable lesson about not trusting a flashy salesman without suffering significant financial loss over it.

Photo by Armelle Vanderhaghen/MSF

 In this picture MSF staff are removing medical supplies from a recently arrived cargo plane in Paoua. These supplies and the work performed by Médecins Sans Frontières are essential for a country that has been racked by violence since 2012.

   MSF has been performing medical treatment at a hospital in Paoua, Central African Republic since 2006.  Our activities include emergency care, routine vaccination, surgeries, pediatrics, obstetrics/maternity, and HIV-AIDS tuberculosis treatment.

VENEZUELA. Caracas. June 7, 2017. An opposition protester hides behind a handmade shield. Protesters have been on the streets near-daily for more than two months demanding elections, foreign humanitarian aid, freedom for hundreds of jailed activists, and autonomy for the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Photo by Martina Bacigalupo/MSF

“If you cried here, you’d cry every day.” Read an MSF OBGYN’s account of working to save women and their babies in Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Part of our new multimedia project Because Tomorrow Needs Her: The Fight for Women’s Health: http://bit.ly/17E8BQS 

I’ve been obsessing over this recently and it’s honestly fucking with me whenever I think about it: charity campaigns by for-profit corporations.

This isn’t about charity groups like the Susan G. Komen Foundation scraping every donation from the bottom of the barrel to fill the CEO’s pockets and not using it for those in need. No, this isn’t about sketchy charities like that.

This is about product manufacturers and big brand labels doing some promotional gimmick where they promise to give a portion of the profits made from their limited-time offers to some charity and those in need. This also includes things like shoe companies promising to give one pair of shoes to people in the developing world for every pair you buy during this particular sales campaign or, more recently, buying a fancy drinking glass from Stella Artois to provide clean water resources to developing countries.

But when I consider how cheap the actual parts and labor for the product is, how little it costs to provide that small amount of humanitarian aid, how sales for these products increase during that marketing campaign, how much the company makes (yearly and/or quarterly) and the very fact that they’re only using a portion of the profits to do all this, it seems incredibly fucked-up.

A company airs all these commercials to advertise their product(s), offers a discount price or a limited-edition bonus with every purchase or a one-time-only product by itself, boosts its sales to make even more money than it already was, gives a small amount of the revenue or the product made in that narrow span of time, then stops donating and pats itself on the back for being humanitarian.

Companies generating many billions of dollars with CEOs making many millions or even billions annually (with bonuses) working to increase the amount of purchases and profits for a product manufactured for the lowest possible cost, essentially saying “give me more of your money and I’ll do the bare minimum to help-out the poor people”.

anonymous asked:

Wow your drawings are the best I've ever seen!! I was wondering if you would like to do a Harry Potter AU with Obitine and Anidala? I think that would be so cool

Shhhh, nonsense! (but thank you, I’m happy you like the art)

~*~*~ Potter-verse AU ~*~*~(magical sparkles)

Or what are we calling it now, ~*~*~ Wizarding World AU ~*~*~

(Satine’s wand is inspired by one of the rejected designs for Queenie’s wand that I saw in one of the Fantastic Beasts art books, because calla lilies)

(smooching in the Auror office, as y’do)

Bonus Ahsoka and Rex! (Ahsoka has two wands, because why not)

Notes below!

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Photo by Anna Surinyach

December 2014, Bo, Sierra Leone: Bentu Sandy contracted Ebola and survived. After being discharged from MSF’s center in Bo, she was hired by MSF as a mental health counselor to provide support to patients in the high-risk zone. “I was infected, then I was treated by MSF, so I know exactly how the patients feel,” she says. The response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began one year ago. Since then, more than 1,300 MSF international staff and 4,000 local staff have cared for nearly 5,000 confirmed Ebola patients. This week we are posting photo stories that encapsulate critical moments of the last 12 months. Read more: http://bit.ly/1xrL9T3

animal abuse makes me sick.

Ugh. So I’ve decided to do my English research paper about why our culture doesn’t put more emphasis on the poor treatment of animals and why, as world leaders, we don’t try to encourage the fair treatment of them. And so I’ve forced myself to watch videos of animal abuse in order to see what I would be discussing. And it’s sickening. I’ve known about the Canadian seal hunt for some time, but I forgot or tried to block just how horrific it actually is. These people are monsters, and how anyone could ever harm a defenseless, poor creature who has no way to fight back properly against clubs and guns is beyond me. I’m furious. And I’m doing something. 
 

Photo by Armelle Vanderhaghen/MSF

Here the medical team from the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Paoua, Central African Republic pose for a picture outside their medical facility. 

Between March to October 2014 MSF’s operating team at Paoua hospital has performed 1,976 surgical procedures and continues to work tirelessly to provide care to people in the region.

If you feel like you are unsure whether you over-react to abuse or you are justified in being upset when you are lied to, conned by a love fraud, are cheated on, are beaten or sexually assaulted, threatened with murder, etcetera… your mind and body are already experiencing symptoms of extreme C-PTSD.

Chances are you are likely to be developing a form of Stockholm Syndrome based on trauma bonding with your Abuser. When and if a trauma bond forms, the biology of the human form does a couple of things.

First of all — if you are healthy and sane, you will tend to trust your own eyes and ears as well as sanity. If you catch a partner cheating, for instance, but they blame YOU? Or an Enabler tries to convince you that your abuser loves you in their own way? Or they tell you that physical assault is for your own good?

Seriously — if you believe them you are already likely to be living with adrenal fatigue and heightened forms of pervasive social anxiety soon.

The following list of anxiety disorder types was compiled by the Mayo Clinic. The healthcare organization describes many of the most common conditions as follows:


Agoraphobia (ag-uh-ruh-FOE-be-uh) is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.
Anxiety disorder due to a medical condition includes symptoms of intense anxiety or panic that are directly caused by a physical health problem.

Generalized anxiety disorder includes persistent and excessive anxietyand worry about activities or events — even ordinary, routine issues. The worry is out of proportion to the actual circumstance, is difficult to control and affects how you feel physically. It often occurs along with other anxiety disorders or depression.

Panic disorder involves repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). You may have feelings of impending doom, shortness of breath, chest pain, or a rapid, fluttering or pounding heart (heart palpitations). These panic attacks may lead to worrying about them happening again or avoiding situations in which they’ve occurred.

Selective mutism is a consistent failure of children to speak in certain situations, such as school, even when they can speak in other situations, such as at home with close family members. This can interfere with school, work and social functioning.

Separation anxiety disorder is a childhood disorder characterized by anxiety that’s excessive for the child’s developmental level and related to separation from parents or others who have parental roles.

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) involves high levels of anxiety, fear and avoidance of social situations due to feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness and concern about being judged or viewed negatively by others.

Specific phobias are characterized by major anxiety when you’re exposed to a specific object or situation and a desire to avoid it. Phobias provoke panic attacks in some people.

Substance-induced anxiety disorder is characterized by symptoms of intense anxiety or panic that are a direct result of abusing drugs, taking medications, being exposed to a toxic substance or withdrawal from drugs.
Other specified anxiety disorder and unspecified anxiety disorder are terms for anxiety or phobias that don’t meet the exact criteria for any other anxiety disorders but are significant enough to be distressing and disruptive.

Folks who actively abuse and enable other abusers love telling their abuse victims that they are somehow socially, emotionally, and intellectually deficient. They are huge fans of abusing the crap out of their target, then when caught or confronted about their behavior choices they love nothing more than playing the victim.

The more extreme the personality disorder the more likely social predators are to enjoy harming or humiliating and dominating other people.

Not only do they expect their willing Narcissistic Supply Sources to consistently play SUB-servant, they wholeheartedly expect and demand total obedience from any preferred scapegoat they like to claim ownership of and to toy with psychologically and emotionally on a regular basis.

People who get trapped* in the CYCLE OF NARCISSISTIC ABUSE tend to know something is not right with the claims the Cluster B person makes, but unless they are well educated about things like how to spot the warning signs of a Cluster B pack or egocentric Abuser, love fraud tactics, and are made aware of verbal abuse and mind control tactics, predators make incredible logical fallacy statements and appeals to emotion that sound — at least plausible — to an unaware listener.

If a target makes the mistake of reverse projecting and presumes that all human beings — INCLUDING CLUSTER B PEOPLE AND VERTICAL THINKERS — have the same core values as roughly 75-80% of the global human population, that is the instant chaos manufactures or pot stirrers have the ability to start mind assaulting trouble.

People who are exposed to physical abuse, sexual assault, verbal assaults of a poignant or pervasive nature, financial abuse, social persecution, and the word choices of dehumanizers seeking to sadistically or callously persecute tend to develop extreme social anxiety, pervasive stress related illnesses, and extreme confusion over knowing they are good folks in their heart and mind but hear constant ad hominem attacks against themselves by bullies and manipulators all the time.

If you are being harassed, bullied, messed with at work, are being picked on by family members who display Cluster B behaviors, an ex has done some crappy thing like tried to smear campaign, or worse…

Or you are feeling the literal weight of an angry and hostile narcissistic led faction world…

You are not alone in suspecting being around mean people can damage your health. Verbal assault can lead directly to neurological damage to the part of the brain that houses complex emotional reasoning centers and the body fatigues and organ function is medically depleted by the fear-induced surge of toxic adrenal chemicals.

Seriously.

Life-threatening illness tends to develop in humans who feel TRAPPED by an Abuser (unable to flee) or who are held hostage by toxic thinkers seeking to silence and oppress their scapegoats, targets, and control the fear-based psychology of their toys as well as any collateral damage victims.

[Abusers tend to rage at anyone who offers one of their preferred scapegoat targets humanitarian aid or social support. Doing so tends to produce the effect of socially isolating their targeted victim while humiliating and truly frightening them further when and if people passively choose to stay out of it or to enable, leaving the target even more vulnerable to further pervasive overt (as well as extreme covert) situational abuse. ]

The more healthcare workers start to realize if a patient presents with stress illness and psychiatric symptoms that the patient is more than likely showing physical signs of complex psychological and emotional duress more than likely being caused by ongoing exposure to Narcissistic Abuse or an Ambient Abuse promoting environment, the sooner human beings of neurotypical nature are likely to be able to end the healthcare crisis beginning to plague most modern nations.