This post originally appeared on OIC: The Cambodia Project, and is re-printed here with permission.
Two years ago, I made a decision that would change my life. After working in what I had thought would be my dream job, I found myself at a crossroads in Cambodia. I had just discovered arguably the biggest gap in basic health care services in Cambodia. I could have stayed to address it or walked away. I decided to stay, and in time, OIC: The Cambodia Project was born.
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Pregnant women get special treatment, and it turns out some animals are no different. Pregnant pandas evidently have it really good – so good it’s worth pretending? This clever panda thought so.
For the two months Ai Hin’s caretakers thought she was pregnant, the panda has been living in a special aid-conditioned suite and getting extra bamboo. Seems worth it.
The week in news
Tragically, ISIS followed through with their threat to murder a second American journalist in retaliation for continued U.S. intervention in Iraq. The terrorist group released a video of one of their members beheading Steven Sotloff, who was later found to hold dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. In the video, ISIS issued another threat, to execute a British hostage if U.S. forces don’t pull out of Iraq.
Aid workers know that lots of development projects fail, yet they stay in this line of work. Jonathan Favini asks how aid professionals decide to continue in an industry they doubt, and whether they deserve the inevitable praise that comes from friends, family members and even barbers.