Emily Belz

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

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Family attraction

Cities | New Yorkers ask: How can cities become more appealing to families with children?
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/25/19, 05:58 pm

A New York moment: 

For the last century New York City, particularly Manhattan, has been a place that families leave once they have school-age children, a migration mostly due to high rents and a spotty education system. Last week smart New Yorkers—The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson, the Manhattan Institute’s Kay Hymowitz, and property developer Brad Hargreaves—gathered at a Manhattan Institute event to discuss this issue over the clatter of tiny plates of cured meats and marinated olives.

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Boy without a father

Movie | Sitting among the New York critics at a screening of Young Ahmed, a film about Islam
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/17/19, 02:36 pm

A New York moment: 

The press screenings for the New York Film Festival have begun, and on Monday I screened a new film by the Dardenne brothers. The film, called Young Ahmed, is about a teenage boy trying to embrace radical Islam. Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne are considered the “Coen brothers of Europe,” and we published a feature last year on their spiritually infused films. 

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Scars to heal

Disease | In a country ravaged by war and epidemic, an American Ebola survivor and a Liberian pastor help residents recover from trauma
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/12/19, 03:05 pm

In August, Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM International, celebrated exactly five years of being healed of Ebola. She had contracted the virus during the 2014 outbreak while helping spray health workers with decontaminating bleach at Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

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