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Gender and COVID-19/ guest humanitarian response coordinator Annie Loewen

Relief, development and podcast

Release Date: 03/18/2021

"No road is safe": Asiyah and Desalegn on the civil war in Ethiopia

Relief, development and podcast

While it has barely made the news, the northern part of Ethiopia has entered its 17th month of civil war. On this episode we hear from two Ethiopians––Asiyah Mohammed, a pastoralist, who fled the Afar region after a shell landed near her home and Desalegn Abebe Ejo, a pastor from Addis Ababa who recently travelled to the conflict zones to supply emergency aid.   Full transcript and show notes here: 

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“I understood that we are refugees now” / Anna from Ukraine show art “I understood that we are refugees now” / Anna from Ukraine

Relief, development and podcast

For years Anna (full name not used for security reasons), an MCC staff person, supported people who were displaced from the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Now she is one of those people and, in this bonus episode, she shares a bit of what it was like to quickly pack up and leave her home behind.    Full transcript and show notes here: 

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The state of refugee sponsorship / Interview with Kaylee Perez show art The state of refugee sponsorship / Interview with Kaylee Perez

Relief, development and podcast

On this episode we're talking about refugee sponsorship with Kaylee Perez, MCC Canada's migration and resettlement associate. She talks about how relationships between people from different cultural backgrounds can be powerfully transformative. She also shares what the work of sponsorship has been like during the pandemic, and how Canadian government plans for Ukrainian refugees are a departure from the norm. Full transcript and show notes available here:

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"I couldn't believe it:" An update from Ukraine with partner Maxym Oliferovski

Relief, development and podcast

In this bonus episode, we get an update from Maxym Oliferovski, program director for an MCC partner in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. He and his wife decided to stay to help distribute emergency supplies and help other people evacuate. At the time of recording, they were less than 100 km from the front lines of the conflict, with things changing hour by hour. Full transcript and show notes available here: https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/episode_23-ukraine.pdf

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Leaving Afghanistan / Stories by Sadia and Najia show art Leaving Afghanistan / Stories by Sadia and Najia

Relief, development and podcast

On this episode of “Relief, Development and Podcast,” we’re bringing you the stories of Sadia and Najia––two people from Afghanistan who left their homes and now live in Canada. Full names not used for security reasons. Transcript and show notes available here: https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/episode_22-leaving_afghanistan_1.pdf

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Migration and Family: A personal story from Lynette Madrigal show art Migration and Family: A personal story from Lynette Madrigal

Relief, development and podcast

On this bonus episode, Lynette tells us her story of growing up with an undocumented parent, and how that experience of having a migrant narrative has shaped her path. Serving alongside migrants today in Guatemala, she finds compassion through listening to peoples stories and finds it expands her view of what it means to be a migrant. Transcript here:

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Rethinking migration / Interview with Saulo Padilla (immigration education coordinator) show art Rethinking migration / Interview with Saulo Padilla (immigration education coordinator)

Relief, development and podcast

On this episode we're thinking critically about the human experience of migration. What causes people to leave their home? Why can some people move freely across borders, while others are criminalized for it? Saulo Padilla, MCC's immigration education coordinator, shares about his own experience with family separation and migration and reflects on how this impacts the work he does today. Full transcript available here: https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/episode_20_transcript.pdf

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Holiday food traditions around the world show art Holiday food traditions around the world

Relief, development and podcast

Stories from the MCC global community about how they fill their bellies and nourish their spirits during this season. 

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Increasing local food security in India / guest MCC project officer Pabitra Paramanya show art Increasing local food security in India / guest MCC project officer Pabitra Paramanya

Relief, development and podcast

On this episode we look at food insecurity in India and how MCC partners are working alongside rural farmers to increase access to food for their families. We talk to MCC project officer Pabitra Paramanya about this work, and how partners help farmers try new methods and increase their yields. We also hear a story from Manki Kashyap, a participant who's family gained food security as a result of these projects.

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Disaster response to Haiti earthquake 2021 / Guests MCC staff Paul Shetler Fast and Muriel Chaperon show art Disaster response to Haiti earthquake 2021 / Guests MCC staff Paul Shetler Fast and Muriel Chaperon

Relief, development and podcast

On this episode we look at the recent earthquake in Haiti, hearing about the diverse needs in the affected communities. We talk to Paul Shetler Fast about the first distribution of relief and see what a long term response might be. We also talked to MCC staff Muriel Chaperon about the importance of getting relief to women as well as responding to the trauma.

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More Episodes
Etaferaw Anke in Ethiopia shares a story about how COVID-19 arriving in her country has impacted her clothing business and made it difficult for her to provide for herself and her daughter.
 
Host Scott Campbell interviews Annie Loewen, one of MCC’s humanitarian assistance coordinators, who shares about how COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting women and what MCC is doing to address this issue.
 
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