In a rare opportunity, three remarkable youth activists, from countries affected by the world’s worst disasters in recent years, discuss corruption in disaster responses.
Their stories show the disturbing realities currently happening in disaster locations in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, in the Philippines after the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan, and in Myanmar after this year’s massive flooding.
Despite the billions of dollars of aid received, thousands of disaster victims remain homeless. Humanitarian aid, if not outright stolen, is ineffectively disbursed or questionably liquidated. Displaced victims ultimately suffer a wide range of human rights abuses.
Paneled by Haitian social activist Louino Robillard, Burmese youth leader Saw Htet Aung, and Filipino journalist and World Youth Movement for Democracy Hurford Youth Fellow Makoi Popioco, this documentary is a call for justice for all marginalized victims of disasters, internally displaced people, and refugees all around the world.
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It’s been 3 months since I left the Philippines for my fellowship with the National Endowment for Democracy here in the US. It was an opportune time for me to have a break from my very stressful job, and get some realignment of life goals, while I get to work on a campaign that is so dear to my heart.
I feel so blessed to be here. This is just a magnificent learning opportunity. Apart from the endless democratic resource that the National Endowment for Democracy has, I was also given the chance to meet a lot of organizations.
I was especially thrilled to have met Google in New York. I did a project presentation at their 8 Ave. headquarters! So the stories about their dope office are true. Ugh, I will need a separate blog about my experience at Google!
It has also been a privilege to meet key people at the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists, and the International Center for Journalists. I walked around their offices with such aplomb, but deep inside, I was like a giddy child who was beyond ecstatic!
I had numerous roundtable discussions, also graced several fora. On November 19, I will have a University Lecture/Forum at the University of Virginia (UVA).
I also organized this online discussion featuring youth activists from Haiti and Burma. We discussed corruption and human rights abuses in disaster responses in our countries.
I am currently working on a non profit new media campaign. We are looking for web developers, journalists, students journalists, and social media savvy people to become part of our team!
I will talk more about this project in the future!