Saving history: a struggle in Afghanistan

  Traveling east from Kabul toward the Pakistan border is a place of precious South Asian history. A spot on the Silk Route with roots as old as 5,000 years and a Buddhist community marked by ancient monasteries. But it is a page from another time that may be wiped away. Mes Aynak is the [...]

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Written by on June 19, 2015

Was Your Migration Worth It – A Question for For Ever and For all

migrar (link here for a short video) They remember the minute they arrived. But they also remember why they came and why and how their lives have changed. They talk about the frustrations, loneliness, isolation. But also they speak about new chances, new lives, new doors that wouldn’t have opened for them. They are stories of [...]

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Written by on June 14, 2015

A Drop of Hope Spreads: fighting polio in Pakistan

So much of our world is marked by places, where hope has been abandoned. Great swaths of the globe exist, where hope disappeared even before it opened its eyes. From Honduras to Nigeria to Myanmar, bad things happen because that’s what is expected. But what happens when good will and good planning struggles, fights and [...]

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Written by on June 4, 2015

Access Denied? The State of Mental Health Services in Illinois

In tight money days, funds have markedly slowed and and mental health organizations in Illinois have struggled. Some have cut back and some have trimmed their goals. But how much precisely have they struggled? We’ll examine the price paid by organizations and those in need of mental health services at our news briefing on Tuesday, [...]

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Written by on June 1, 2015

When help disappears-the crisis created by mental health cutbacks

photo by Rosemary Lambin They not only feel lost, but are, indeed, lost. They miss the help that once kept them afloat. They miss the certainty of help that was near and was a haven.   Read Fred Lowe’s compelling and important reporting about the impact of the closing of some of Chicago’s mental health [...]

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Written by on May 27, 2015

This Sanctuary Never Closes: Chicago’s Refugees

They come from everywhere. They come to start anew, to survive, to live just another day. They come to Chicago because it is where others settled, where they have links, or where there are hands willing to to accept them. Chicago’s has a legacy as a place of sanctuary.  This story about the flight of Assyrians [...]

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Written by on December 24, 2014

A dance at night in Hermosa

It’s nearly night-time and the street is quiet. Business is good in the taqueria across the street, but there’s nobody in the panaderia. The day’s goods are sold. Working class Hermosa readies for the end of the day. Hermosa is the neighborhood where Puerto Ricans have gathered anew. They’ve moved out from Humboldt Park, leaving [...]

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Written by on September 30, 2014

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