Pallets of medical supplies for the Ebola response in West Africa at the Direct Relief warehouse in Santa Barbara, California. Photo by: Direct Relief

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The boxes of supplies at Direct Relief, a nonprofit medical relief organization based in Santa Barbara, California, tell the story of the disasters happening around the world. 

Shipments are stored on pallets with labels noting their destinations: Libya, Bangladesh, Syria. Other boxes headed into more sensitive contexts are unmarked to avoid jeopardizing the safety of the organization and its partners.

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