Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr. Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena. Women Talking recently sat down for a Q&A with Dr. Nutt for some insight into her crucial international work. In advance of Canada’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, Samantha sat down with ET where she was featured as one of their Trailblazing Women. Samantha closed out 2015 on Broadway as one of the featured speakers on TED Talks Live. From November 3-4 she joined Star Wars’ Adam Driver, Musician Rufus Wainwright, Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker (Restrepro, Korengal) Sebastian Junger to discuss the topic of War & Peace. The event was a co-production with PBS, who are set to release a feature on the discussions in Spring of 2016. covered the story here. Lewis offers weekly commentary on international humanitarian issues around the world via a weekly YouTube segment. This past week he covered the World Health Organization’s midlife crisis. Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider on an unknown date in the early 1980s in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and go on to emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences. Emmanuel’s Gua Africa believes that giving everyone access to education will lead to an increase in individuals generating their own income and a more stable society. Their projects combine scholarship programs, teaching in refugee camps and feeding programs. All underpinned by a philosophy of peace education and a dedication to community income generation. A new video series is set to be released focused on Emmanuel’s connection to the South Sudan town of Leer. Here’s a trailer for the series: His latest single is a collaboration with Canadian icon Nelly Furtado. Shot on location in the slums of Kibera, Kenya, ‘Scars’ is released off Emmanuel s fifth studio album The Key. All proceeds from the album are driven into Emmanuel’s African social enterprise The Key is E. The Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF), Amanda has gained international acclaim for her work supporting development and aid in Somalia – the country where she once spent 460 days as a hostage. Her award-winning humanitarian work has provided aid and education to over 300,000 people living in the war-torn country. Amanda’s story of survival in the face of lost hope illustrates the remarkable strength of the human spirit. Amanda recently sat in as a guest host of The Current. On the eve of her debut, she sat down with host Anna Maria Tremonti to share how she is defiantly rebuilding her life by starting Global Enrichment Foundation.
The following day Amanda joined three other survivors (Sarah Shourd, David Rohde and Dr. Dilip Joseph) of captivity for a fascinating discussion on what it’s like to start life again.