Melanie Lidman is a freelance journalist in Israel. Originally from Boston and a graduate of the University of Maryland, she also works for the Times of Israel and covers Africa and the Middle East for Global Sisters Report. Previously, Lidman was the Jerusalem metro reporter for the Jerusalem Post. Though Israel has one of the highest concentration of journalists in the world, Lidman is one of the only who travels to news events almost exclusively by bicycle, which she calls Savlanut (patience).

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Effort removes thousands of landmines from site of Jesus' baptism

Fifty years after the area around Jesus' baptism site on the Jordan River was an active war zone, bomb sappers from a British charity are making progress to remove 6,500 estimated landmines and booby traps lining the holy site.

In time for Christmas: US family discovers Chinese nuns who rescued adopted baby daughter

The Worleys of Tennessee adopted their daughter Teagan at the age of 5 in March. Wanting to know more about her early years, they came across a Global Sisters Report article about nuns in China who care for orphans with disabilities — and found some of the answers they were looking for.

Seeking Refuge: Jordan takes in masses of Syrians but prefers they don't stay

A planned refugee camp opened in Jordan in 2014 offers health, education, food perks to encourage people fleeing from Syria's war not to settle permanently in urban areas — where 81 percent of them live today. Meanwhile, sisters help make connections to ease refugees' lives.

Seeking Refuge: Ugandans, displaced once themselves, welcome refugees

Uganda has quietly absorbed a million South Sudanese refugees in the past few years. While challenges abound, Uganda's liberal policy toward refugees stems from its own recent tumultuous history.