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All stories about Children & Youth
Q&A: Sarah Warren in Egypt February 15, 2011
Sarah Warren is acutely aware of the needs, challenges and voices of Middle Eastern youth.
Iraq, Libya: Recognizing the power and potential of youth February 14, 2011
The last few weeks of resolve, resistance and peaceful revolution in Egypt have reminded the world of the power of people — and especially youth. Mercy Corps has long recognized the potential of young people to be catalysts for positive change, especially in the Middle East.
Egypt: Tour of a revolution February 14, 2011
I arrived in Cairo just before dusk yesterday. First appearances indicated a fairly normal situation.
Haiti: Messages of hope for Haiti February 8, 2011
Nine years ago I had the fortune of meeting Dr. Jane Goodall while I was working at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Like many young people, I was filled with passion and hungry for experience, but I struggled to find opportunities to engage in meaningful work. As I told Dr.
Jordan: Aspiring young global citizens in Jordan February 7, 2011
One of the best aspects of my job is that I get the chance to hang out with youth in a number of different countries. Yesterday was one of those opportunities, and, as always, I left the gathering feeling energized and inspired.
Iraq: Epilogue: What is peace? February 4, 2011
Sometimes, along the way, the story changes. That’s what happened to me over the course of two weeks in northern Iraq.
Iraq: A soft spot in a tough place February 3, 2011
Kirkuk, Iraq is a hard place — but, in the middle of it all, there’s a soft spot for children.
Egypt: The leaders of now February 1, 2011
I wish that I were in Tahrir Square right now. After working in the Middle East for the past five years, I’d like to see and feel this historic moment myself. Our friend Nick Kristof of the New York Times is there.
Iraq: VIDEO: A song, laughter and clapping January 31, 2011
A school isn't only a place of learning for a child, it's a place of security. It's a place to be among trusted friends and caring adults.
Iraq: Peaceful still life January 30, 2011
A lifetime of conflict, displacement and uncertainty could make for some pretty dark art. A painter growing up during some of Iraq’s most violent years might find themselves replaying dismal and disturbing scenes with brushstrokes across canvas.