Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

Illustration by Mark Fredrickson

Walking in the dark

Q&A | Living amid pandemics, violence, and medical shortages in Burundi
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/02/20, 04:10 pm

Dr. Eric McLaughlin is a family medicine doctor at Kibuye Hope Hospital in Burundi, where he has served with his wife Dr. Rachel McLaughlin, an obstetrician, for the last seven years. I spent several weeks with them at their rural teaching hospital, which in recent years has grown tremendously in patient volume. Rachel is constantly on call to perform C-sections. Eric faces regular malaria epidemics and treats a host of other internal diseases, with little diagnostic testing available.

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No time to be distant

Family | When single moms faced a pandemic crisis that might send their children to state care, Christian families stepped up to help—but two states have blocked the nonprofits that enable such work
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/11/20, 03:06 pm

Imagine you’re a parent who suddenly needs hospitalization for COVID-19, but you have no one to care for your child.

Last month a hospital in Maine admitted a mother, fairly new to the United States, who became seriously ill with COVID-19. She had nowhere to send her two teenage children, who also had contracted the virus and were alone at their apartment. (WORLD agreed to withhold their personal details for privacy reasons.) The hospital had called the local Child Protective Services (CPS) about the children, which is what hospitals must do in such cases.

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“This is what we do over here”

Police | Camden, where police and neighborhood ministries and businesses have rebuilt trust following high crime and police corruption, shows a path forward for other police departments in need of reform
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/08/20, 11:09 am

The week that demonstrators around the United States displayed outrage over the police-instigated death of George Floyd, Camden, N.J., resident Brenda Antinore got an email from a captain in the Camden County Police Department. 

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