Amy Bracken is a Boston-based independent reporter and radio producer. She mostly covers migration and all things Haitian but has also reported on religion and human rights, and she likes exploring the history behind current events. She is a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
An unmarked hotel along the Mexico-Guatemala border has become a frequent stop for weary migrants from parts of Africa and Haiti heading north.
Some of the Iranian Christians in Berlin have been refused asylum elsewhere and need a place to hang out for six months until they can apply for asylum in Germany.
The earthquake that rocked Haiti seven years ago, today, and Hurricane Matthew, in October, are two completely different disasters — one urban, the other, rural; one arriving without warning, the other, visible in the distance — but both amounted to enormous humanitarian crises and offer great lessons for relief efforts.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the conclusion of the conflict, but people are still putting the pieces back together.
December 2016 marks two decades since the signing of the Guatemalan peace accords. It officially ended a 36-year domestic armed conflict in which an estimated 200,000 people were killed and many more tortured and raped. Bringing war crimes perpetrators to justice has been slow, with convictions appealed and cases stalled. But many see victory in the trials themselves, and in their growing involvement of women.
Hurricane Matthew devastated cacao trees at the heart of Haiti's burgeoning cocoa export business.
She's sheltering hundreds of neighbors in her house, running a school and orphanage, and trying to get clean water to those in need.
What it means to be lucky in the aftermath of a brutal storm.
Guatemala is reported to be the most evangelical country in the Americas. And, according to the Pew Research Center, it has the highest rate of believers that faith reaps success. Almolonga, a small mountain town, is held up as proof.
You can trace evangelicalism in Guatemala to American missionaries who went to help out after an earthquake in 1976. But that doesn't explain its explosion in the decades since. The civil war might though.