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Departing for Kyrgystan

Kyrgyzstan, June 16, 2010

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    Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps.  </span>
    Sean Collins pictured here with out local staff in Indonesia during a community distribution. Photo: Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps.

Sean Collins will be joining our team in Kyrgyzstan to serve as our Logistics and Security adviser as we respond to the needs of the refugees in the southern regions. Over the last five years he's managed programs in Indonesia after the tsunami, worked in the Sudan, provided aid during the war in Gaza and served as our logistics and security advisor in both Iraq and Haiti.

He accepted the position on Tuesday and will be flying out this Friday.

Sean brings with him vast experience designing and implementing programs for disaster relief, as well as managing country-wide logistical and security systems in challenging and volatile environments. Sean will be working with our team on the ground to coordinate distributions to people in immediate need and set up strategies for long-term recovery.