A few countries like Sri Lanka and Honduras have led the way in slashing maternal mortality.

— Nicholas D. Kristof

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We all might ask ourselves why we tune in to these more trivial matters and tune out when it comes to Darfur


The news media's silence, particularly television news, is reprehensible.

If we knew as much about Darfur as we do about Michael Jackson, we might be able to stop these things from continuing.


The conflict in Darfur could escalate to where we're seeing 100,000 victims per month


There are other issues I have felt more emotionally connected to, like China, where I lived and worked for some time. I was living there when Tiananmen Square erupted


While Americans have heard of Darfur and think we should be doing more there, they aren't actually angry at the president about inaction


If President Bush is serious about genocide, an immediate priority is to stop the cancer of Darfur from spreading further, which means working with France to shore up Chad and the Central African Republic.


It really is quite remarkable that Darfur has become a household name.

I am gratified that's the case.


The north of the Central African Republic is now a war zone, with rival armed bands burning villages, kidnapping children, robbing travelers and killing people with impunity.


The greatest threat to extremism isn't drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.


You will be judged in years to come by how you responded to genocide on your watch.


I think that [Donald] Trump is frankly a bigot. He has a racist history.


Every year 3.1 million Indian children die before the age of 5, mostly from diseases of poverty like diarrhea.


About Nicholas D. Kristof

Quotes 90 sayings
Profession Journalist
Birthday April 27, 1959

Most of the villagers were hiding in the bush, where they were dying from bad water, malaria and malnutrition


Abortion politics have distracted all sides from what is really essential: a major aid campaign to improve midwifery, prenatal care and emergency obstetric services in poor countries.


The U.N. Population Fund has a maternal health program in some Cameroon hospitals, but it doesn't operate in this region. It's difficult to expand, because President Bush has cut funding


There seems to be this sense among even well-meaning Americans that Africa is this black hole of murder and mutilation that can never be fixed, no matter what aid is brought in.


The way you get leaders to care about issues of conscience is to apply political pressure. It's less a question of persuading leaders directly and more trying to build a social movement that holds their feet to the fire.


We, as Americans, have won the lottery of life and the distinction between us and people living in Kalighat is not that we are smarter, not that we're harder working, not that we're more virtuous - it's that we're luckier.


There could be a powerful international women's rights movement if only philanthropists would donate as much to real women as to paintings and sculptures of women.


If the U.S. wants to help people in tsunami-hit countries like Sri Lanka and Indonesia - not to mention other poor countries in Africa - there's one step that would cost us nothing and would save hundreds of thousands of lives. It would be to allow DDT in malaria-ravaged countries.


Women aren't the problem but the solution.

The plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity.


You don't need to invade a place or install a new government to help bring about a positive change.


It is better to inconsistently save some lives than to consistently save none.


In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery.

In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.


In the long struggle against sex trafficking, we finally have a breakthrough!


One thing the humanitarian world doesn't do well is marketing.

As a journalist, I get pitched every day by companies that have new products. Meanwhile, you have issues like clean water, literacy for girls, female empowerment. People flinch at the idea of marketing these because marketing sounds like something only companies do.


One of the things that really got to me was talking to parents who had been burned out of their villages, had family members killed, and then when men showed up at the wells to get water, they were shot


All of a sudden their husband's dead and maybe a child is dead and they have absolutely nothing - and they're heading through the desert at night.


Neither left nor right has focused adequately on maternal health


Just a little help, a small security force, a bit of food, can save lives


...Environmental groups are too often alarmists. They have an awful track record, so they've lost credibility with the public.


I try to be careful about wording. One of the things I've tried to combat in my blog is the notion that journalists are arrogant and unconcerned with the readership.


It's easy to keep issuing blame to Republicans or the president


Sometimes I wish eastern Congo could suffer an earthquake or a tsunami, so that it might finally get the attention it needs. The barbaric civil war being waged here is the most lethal conflict since World War II and has claimed at least 30 times as many lives as the Haiti earthquake.


Photographs are still being taken but aren't being shown.

There's one of a skeleton bound at the wrists with pants still around its ankles; if it was a woman, she was likely raped; if it was a man, he was possibly castrated.


The world spends $40 billion a year on pet food.


Neither Western donor countries like the U.

S. nor poor recipients like Cameroon care much about Africans who are poor, rural and female


If you just try to make rational arguments about why people should care about Congo and how 5 million people have died, then people tend not to be receptive. But once you've created a connection of empathy, rational arguments can play a supportive role.


The fact that people will pay you to talk to people and travel to interesting places and write about what intrigues you, I am just amazed by that.


The intelligence community is so vast that more people have top secret clearance than live in Washington. The U.S. will spend more on the war in Afghanistan this year, adjusting for inflation, than we spent on the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War combined.


Our national leaders tend to try to protect the national interest as they see it. They may screw up in that, but they at least see that as their role. In contrast, where issues of our national values are involved, which covers pretty much any humanitarian issue, they pretty much drop the ball.


Rising seas create a higher baseline for future storm surges.

The New York City Panel on Climate Change has projected that coastal waters may rise by two feet by 2050 and four feet by the end of the century.


More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides in six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.


One of the great failings of the American education system (in our view) is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad.


Once you've created a connection of empathy, rational arguments can play a supportive role.


I think it's dangerous to be optimistic.


The tide of history is turning women from beasts of burden and sexual playthings into full-fledged human beings.


So Kim Kardashian is getting a divorce, 72 days after a wedding that is variously reported to have cost $10 million or more. Just to put that in perspective, that sum could have built 200 schools in poor countries around the world for kids who desperately want an education. Then Kardashian could have helped transform the world, not just entertain it. And the schools would have lasted incomparably longer than her marriage.


For most of history, genocide was just something governments did and nobody blinked.