Eye on the world: A helping hand

In “A charity that gives food—and frees hostagesThe Christian Science Monitor reports on an African aid organization that is proving that Africa is not just a recipient of aid, but is also able to give aid. “The organization’s humanitarian relief teams have appeared … at the site of dozens of disasters, famines, and military conflicts. They have provided emergency medical and logistical assistance in the early days of many of the past two decades’ worst natural and manmade crises, stretching from Haiti to Bosnia to Bangladesh.” Among other things, the African organization negotiates the release of hostages in other countries, on other continents: “Recently, the organization assisted in bringing home 23 South Africans lured into joining Islamic State in Syria, and now they are working on another hostage negotiation—this one in northern Mali. All of this places the group at a unique intersection in the humanitarian world. In a community of global nongovernmental organizations that often view Africa as the planet’s sad charity case, Gift of the Givers represents an inversion of conventional logic: an African aid group that takes care of its own—and helps bail out the rest of the world.” This organization is proving that every sector of the global society has utility to lift the whole of mankind.

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