Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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Balkan countries beg for international assistance after record floods

Europe
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/21/14, 02:38 pm

Record floods in the Balkans last week forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 death as of yesterday, including 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia, and two in Croatia. One quarter of Bosnia’s population of 4 million has been affected by the six days of floods and the resulting 2,100 landslides.

Receding waters yesterday revealed thousands of dead livestock abandoned by fleeing owners. Today, as floodwaters continued to dissipate in Bosnia and Serbia, it’s revealing billions of dollars worth of damage. 

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Saeed Abedini taken from hospital, returned to prison

Persecution
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/20/14, 03:42 pm

After spending two months recovering in an Iranian hospital, Saeed Abedini has been returned to Rajai Shahr Prison, according to a report released today by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). 

Family members said he was beaten at the hospital before officials dragged him back to the prison. 

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Introducing the 'modern' California family

Family
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/20/14, 02:30 pm

California lawmakers are preparing to “modernize” the family. A new bill, passed by the state assembly a few weeks ago, allows gay fathers and mothers to choose whether they want to identify themselves as “father,” “mother,” or just “parent” on a child’s birth certificate. The bill is currently on its way to the state Senate. 

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