During the cold winter months, debit cards bring warmth to the most vulnerable Syrian children

Ranya, a Syrian refugee who lives in Kilis, a town on the Syrian border, is homeless and her children are forced to beg for a living. But this winter, a UNICEF debit card is making it possible for her to buy clothes and shoes for her children. My piece for #UNICEF

http://www.unicef.org.tr/basinmerkezidetay.aspx?id=22757&d=1&dil=en

Syrian teenager flees guns and wins chance to study in Turkey

Photo caption: Chemical engineering student Rawan, 19, from Syria, has qualified for one of UNHCR’s DAFI scholarships and will complete her tertiary education in Turkey.  © UNHCR/Ali Unal

My piece for UNHCR

http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2016/10/5808cbc74/syrian-teenager-flees-guns-wins-chance-study-turkey.html

Mother’s dedication inspires 20-year-old to academic success in Turkey

 

My story for UNHCR

http://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2016/10/57f262964/mothers-dedication-inspires-20-year-old-academic-success-turkey.html

Photo:Fatima (left) and and fellow student Rawan take a moment to relax in the park. Fatima is hoping to study for a masters and a PhD, and plans to returns to Syria when the war is over.  © UNHCR/Ali Unal

Doggone It, Why Do They Make It So Hard To Take A Pooch On A Plane?

From Kenya, to Nepal to Turkey — our dog Biko has experienced the red tape and complexities of international travel. Here’s a dog’s tale. My story for NPR.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/10/473504035/doggone-it-why-do-they-make-it-so-hard-to-take-a-pooch-on-a-plane

This picture of Biko was taken on the southern edge of the Kathmandu Valley during one of our regular weekend hikes. We were stopped on this knoll, watching a traditional Newar funeral procession.