Personal Injury

Translating a Dream into Reality—Making the World a Better Place
by Margaret Fisher

[Y]oung people can . . . help alleviate the terrible destruction, poverty, and injustice occasioned by war and other disasters.

Introduction
In this edition, "Students in Action" spotlights paths that young people can take to help alleviate the terrible destruction, poverty, and injustice occasioned by war and other disasters. Damage to children from war comes not only from bombs and guns, but also from the loss of the care, protection, and support needed for healthy child development.

In wartime, children get separated from their families, they are forcibly recruited into the army, and they suffer other abuse and neglect. According to Save the Children, in recent conflicts, women and children made up 90 percent of the people killed. In fact, during the 1990s, war caused the deaths of more than 2 million children. Today, 42 million women and children are uprooted because of war. In today's armies, approximately 300,000 soldiers under the age of 18 serve as fighters, cooks, spies, minesweepers, and soldiers' "wives."

These statistics tell an appalling story, but the good news is that there are many individuals and organizations helping to ease suffering and establish long-term solutions to poverty, injustice, and persecution. Mary McClymont, whose Interview is featured in this edition, has spent her entire career doing just that. Today, she is president of InterAction, the largest U. S. coalition of U. S.-based, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that work in the areas of relief and development in every developing country. Many of InterAction's member organizations serve on the ground, providing immediate relief to children and individuals in war-torn areas.

In Relieving Human Suffering: Worldwide Organizations Helping Youths and Their Families, you'll find out about five organizations that assist youths and adults around the world: CARE, the International Rescue Committee, the International Youth Foundation, Mercy Corps, and Save the Children. You will learn how you can become acquainted with, participate in, influence, and strengthen their many programs dedicated to relieving the human suffering that results from war, political unrest, and disaster.


Student Central | Students in Action
Translating a Dream into Reality—Making the World a Better Place
Interview with Mary McClymont | Relieving Human Suffering (Organizations & Activities)