One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria and the Work of the United States Institute of Peace in Commemoration of the International Day of Peace
On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the one year anniversary of Hurrican Maria and also the International Day of Peace.
Rev. Ronnie Garcia is the Senior Pastor of Iglesia La Travesia in San Juan, Puerto Rico and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Rev. Garcia shares with Msgr. Sullivan his experiences over the past year assisting members of his community post Hurricane Maria with relief efforts including food, water and medical supplies, and how he and his Church community has partnered with an organization called “Hunger Corps” in helping to rebuild severely damaged homes in a community in Puerto Rico called “Sector La Hormiga” – a squatter community hard hit by Hurricane Maria where most residents did not qualify for most FEMA aid.
Rusty Barber is the Director of Program Development and Operations for the United States Institute of Peace, an American non-partisan federal institution based in Washington D.C. that provides analysis of conflicts around the world and works towards peaceful solutions of these conflicts in partnership with both non-governmental organizations and U.S. government agencies like the State Department and U.S. military. During this week as we commemorate the International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21st, Rusty Barber discusses with Msgr. Sullivan the history and work of the United States Institute of Peace, and particularly the role that the United States Institute of Peace had in helping to bring a durable peace to Anbar Province in Iraq – an area once described at the height of the Iraq War as the “Triangle of Death”.