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Uganda: An African kilometer
In most parts of the world, a kilometer is shorter than a mile — but not in Africa. Here, a kilometer feels many miles long.
Uganda: Three days, 22 people, 10 countries and many untold stories
After a long day of traveling almost the entire length of Uganda — from the shores of Lake Victoria nearly all the way north to the Sudanese border — we arrived in the sweltering city of Kitgum last night.
Moving all over the place
With Labor Day fast approaching, I’m sure many of us are wondering where our summers went. I know exactly where mine has been spent: all over the place.
Kyrgyzstan: Friends in the field
According to the statistic around the world, 95 percent of Mercy Corps team members are nationals of the countries in which they work. Belonging to the other five percent I realize friendships formed with local staff, although inherently transitory, are an invaluable reward of fieldwork.
Pakistan: Homemade signs and help
Indonesia: Revving the local economy
Last month, the Mercy Corps team here in West Sumatra — of which I am a member —delivered sewing machines to 85 local women who were affected by last year's earthquake.
Well-traveled, troublesome mementoes
There I was, quickly surrounded by SeaTac airport security guards and detained for questioning.
SOS! Global civil society gathers to “Seek Out Solutions” to the world’s toughest problems
What could a politician from Mozambique, a community leader from Nepal,a journalist from the United Kingdom and me possibly have in common? A whole lot it turns out!
North Korea: Demystifying our work in North Korea
In North Korea, Mercy Corps programs focus on alleviating hunger by expanding agricultural production. We also invite North Korean officials to the U.S. as part of building a humanitarian bridge between our country and theirs.
Pakistan: Delivering aid to flooded-out families
This was written by my colleague Raheel Ayaz, a monitoring and evaluation officer here in Pakistan: Sixteen-year-old Rasalat Khan is a member of one of the 161 families who received emergency food and tool kits from Mercy Corps on Wednesday.