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All stories about Children & Youth
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.
New ideas and energy flow between Chile and Haiti and beyond January 27, 2011
We’ve just been cc’d into an email to Mercy Corps headquarters from Kyle Dietrich, director of youth programs for Mercy Corps in Haiti. “This has been a tremendous and unexpected week,” writes Kyle. “Maxene and I have lots of ideas and a new energy for our challenging work.”
Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopian mothers protect their children January 21, 2011
It is astonishing to know that very simple solutions exist that will protect our youngest citizens against diseases, yet so few children have access to this basic health care in countries where it is most needed.
DR Congo: Boy in Buhimba IDP camp, Congo January 13, 2011
A boy living in the Buhimba camp for families displaced by war, outside the city of Goma, DR Congo.
Haiti: Today I'm living another way January 11, 2011
I've been working with Mercy Corps for four months now on the Moving Forward project. Moving Forward is a sport and play-based psychosocial support program designed for youth affected by the January 12 earthquake here in Haiti.
Kyrgyzstan: A warmer New Year's Day for some deserving kids January 4, 2011
A big "RAHMAT" — "thank you" in the Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages — to our donors who helped us respond to the crisis in Kyrgyzstan!