Joe Lowry (IDHA 12) recently wrote a blog post, “Migration is a Solution, not a Problem“, in which he highlights the importance of migration to development as well as the migration policy lapses that must be addressed as part of the new set of sustainable development goals. Joe currently serves as a Senior Media and Communications Officer for the International Organization for Migration. You can read more from him on his personal blog
Monthly Archives: September 2014
In his recent blog post, “James Foley: Journalist and Humanitarian” Joe Lowry (IDHA 12), a Senior Media and Communications Officer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), addresses the savage murder of journalist and humanitarian James Foley, reflects on his years of professional activity, and commemorates the value of his aid work. Another one of Joe’s recent posts, “Pacific Poet Sounds Climate Alarm” describes the issues faced in the Marshall Islands due to climate change and rising sea levels, including climate-induced migration as well as the very survival of the islands.
Alumni Update: Pau Vidal, S.J. (IDHA 43), Alvar Sanchez, S.J. (Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course 8)
Pau Vidal, S.J. (IDHA 43) and Alvar Sanchez, S.J. (Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course 8), are both currently working for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) mission in Maban, South Sudan. Due to heightened tensions and security concerns that peaked in early August, Pau and Alvar were forced to evacuate Maban, reluctantly leaving behind the “refugees caught between two wars” Pau and Alvar recently returned to Maban, much to their happiness, and are eager to continue their work of service and accompaniment. Read Pau’s article about the situation in Maban.
Angie Jackson and Mark Little, alumni of IDHA 27, successfully completed their journey from the UK to Mongolia, traveling 9,900 miles across 1/3 of the world’s surface with no fixed route & no support. They undertook the Mongol Rally six weeks ago with the aim of raising funds for two organizations (the Royal Flying Doctor Service & Cairns Hospital Emergency Department) which provide vital healthcare to Far North Queenlanders. Congratulations Angie, Mark and the FNQ Medics Team!