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This post originally appeared on The Hill's Congress blog.
I arrived in Afghanistan last week with my Refugees International colleagues to assess the needs of displaced people in this war-torn country. This is my first visit to Afghanistan, and it defies expectations.
Unprecedented rain that has hammered Colombia over the past year has affected three million people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. In March, I spent three weeks traveling across the Caribbean region visiting families displaced by the floods.
It has been a big week for those of us working on Pakistan. New attention on the intensely fractured relationship between the US and Pakistan has led to questions about the fate of current and planned aid packages- with emphasis on the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (or the Kerry-Lugar Act).
"Refugees are those without a lobby. It's an American tradition and our responsibility to step up on behalf of those who are displaced," Governor Richardson told CNN's Wolf Blitzer at Refugees International's 32nd Anniversary Gala on Thursday night. (You can view photos of the evening here.)
It was with much sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Amina Ali. I first met Amina last fall during a Refugees International trip to Kenya, and will never forget that meeting. Here was a woman with such energy, and such passion for the work that she was doing in Nairobi’s Eastleigh community.