Empathy Box

YOU DESERVE TO KNOW

BRINGING EMPATHY
TO ALL OF STANFORD

 

Experience with us.

“A good decision is based on knowledge and experience, not on numbers.” - Plato

 
 
 

ISSUES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

 

Syria
March 2018

More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other - as well as jihadist militants from so-called Islamic State. 

“We're just living on the edge of life. We're always nervous, we're always afraid” - Mother-of-nine Mariam Akash, whose husband was killed by a sniper

South Sudan
April 2018

In South Sudan, the violent and brutal war has put millions at risk. Women, men and children that fled their homes in search of safety are now finding a new threat - hunger. With harvests still months away, the famine already declared in parts of the country will spread across the rest of the country, unless we act now.

“As a family, we are 10 in number, and I’m not in position to feed them. If I get killed I get killed once, but dying of hunger is too difficult.” - Pastor Charles Mubarak 

Cuba
June 2018

The Cuban government continues to repress and punish dissent and public criticism. The number of short-term arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders, independent journalists, and others was significantly less than in 2016, but still remained high, with more than 3,700 reports of arbitrary detentions between January and August 2017. The government continues to use other repressive tactics, including beatings, public shaming, travel restrictions, and termination of employment.

“You have neither the morality nor the right, none whatsoever, to speak of freedom, democracy, and human rights.“ - Castro to a young woman

 

South Sudan

In the early months of 2017, parts of South Sudan experienced a famine following several years of instability in the country's food supply caused by war and drought. The famine, largely focused in the northern part of the country, affected an estimated five million people (nearly 50% of the South Sudanese population). In May 2017, the famine was officially undeclared but international humanitarian agencies warned of continued severe food insecurity.

 

Global Warming

Global warming is already having significant and costly effects on our communities, our health, and our climate.

Unless we take immediate action to reduce global warming emissions, these impacts will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly and damaging, and increasingly affect the entire planet — including you, your community, and your family.

 
 

Venezuela

Venezuela's political crisis appears to be reaching boiling point amid growing efforts by the opposition to unseat the socialist president, Nicolás Maduro.

The South American country has been caught in a downward spiral for years with growing political discontent further fuelled by skyrocketing hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine.

More than three million Venezuelans have left the country in recent years.