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Volunteers ventured out into stormy conditions to provide assistance in flood affected areas

Hurricane Harvey has been referred to as a "1,000-year flood," with its 50 inches of rainfall exceeding all records for the continental USA. It is estimated that damage from the storm will surpass that of hurricanes Sandy (New Jersey 2012) and Katrina (Louisiana 2005) combined. Volunteers have worked to reach Jamati members and others affected by the flooding, and to provide assistance with the recovery process.

Speaking on the challenges facing democracy, Mawlana Hazar Imam said it must contribute towards helping society achieve a better quality of life. AKDN / Gary Otte

Athens, 15 September 2015 — Democracy faces dire challenges in the world today, says Mawlana Hazar Imam. Its survival depends on how well it can deliver on a promise of human progress.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers a keynote speech at the 2015 Athens Democracy Forum held in the Stoa of Attalos. AKDN / Gary Otte

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers a keynote address to the Athens Democracy Forum.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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