The Babies of Beqaa Valley

The Babies of Beqaa Valley

by Katy Johnson Walk the refugee camps of the Beqaa Valley and you realize at its root, the Syrian crisis in Lebanon is a crisis of children. Seven years since the outbreak of the war in Syria, the valley no longer cradles hundreds of children, but thousands. At last...
Sadness, Three Quarters

Sadness, Three Quarters

We lock eyes. Her name is Haya. My mind flashes to National Geographic and eyes that stay the same color but grow tired over time. But this is not a photo opp. She is not a photo opp or any other kind of opp. I don’t really want to write articles. I don’t even want to...
A Syrian Mother’s Day

A Syrian Mother’s Day

by Katy Johnson Belinda Bauman and Alyce Dailey are leading a team of mothers to honor refugee mothers of Syria. This is the first of a series of blogs presented by members of the team. Day One in Bekka Valley brings our first visit to an informal refugee camp. When...
First Summit!

First Summit!

Last night I received this email from Susan: Hello! Back in WiFi! Good news… we summited Izta today! It was probably the most difficult thing I’ve done—but worth every minute! We’ll be traveling to Orizaba tomorrow, hoping to attempt a summit on December 1 or 2....
Short Routes and Little Victories

Short Routes and Little Victories

Curtis and Susan Vanden Bos are climbing two volcanoes in Mexico to raise awareness for Syrian refugees. To prepare for their journey, they climbed Mount Rainier in Washington. I found myself on a snowy flank of Mount Rainier with the realization that the best way to...
The Story Inside Us: Part One

The Story Inside Us: Part One

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Hudson Photography “There is no greater agony,” says poet Maya Angelou, “than bearing an untold story inside you.” It has been five years since Lynne Hybels and I, along with five friends met a woman who asked us to tell the world her story....