War tears at every fiber of society, but conflict doesn't have to be violent to harm communities. Mercy Corps works to help families rebuild after the destruction of war and engages citizens to find mutually beneficial solutions for change.
Especially in post-conflict settings, we facilitate collaboration between government officials and the people they serve, leading to more accountable and productive leadership. Addressing the root causes of conflict today can help avoid tomorrow's wars and other crises.
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Pakistan: Generosity and play in the hardest of times July 30, 2009
Here in the Pakistani city of Mardan, displaced families are starting to move home after nearly three months sweltering in the hot tents of makeshift camps.
Pakistan: Life returns to Pakistan's Swat Valley July 29, 2009
Swat is often called the Switzerland of Pakistan, and yesterday I had a chance to see why.
West Bank and Gaza: What We’re Doing in Gaza July 23, 2009
Since the Jan. 18 ceasefire, some humanitarian goods and workers have entered Gaza. Hospitals and power plants are functioning at reduced levels, but basic needs — including food, shelter and access to clean water and sanitation — remain at critical levels.
Pakistan: Update from Pakistan July 16, 2009
Holden Basch is visiting our Portland headquarters this week after spending the last two months running our emergency program in Pakistan for families displaced by fighting between the army and Taliban militants.
Tajikistan: A fragile peace is shaken July 14, 2009
Pakistan: Update on kids' psychosocial program July 10, 2009
A quick update of the numbers on our kids' psychosocial program:
Pakistan: Fleeing Home July 8, 2009
Sadja's family of six has been living in an overcrowded high school for almost two months. Gunfire, bombs, and aerial shelling drove her from her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where intense fighting between the army and Taliban militants has displaced roughly three million people.
Pakistan: Helping kids cope July 6, 2009
Life has been anything but normal for Salman since early May. That's when the fifth grader and his family fled their home in Mingora, Pakistan, to escape the fighting between Pakistan's army and Taliban militants.
Iraq: My meeting with Vice President Biden July 6, 2009
I met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last Friday in a small roundtable discussion to discuss reconciliation in Iraq. Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were represented — Relief International, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Mercy Corps.
Honduras: Opportune dialogue in Honduras July 6, 2009
I still remember the dark days and the fear that the Cold War imprinted in all our souls. El Salvador and Guatemala were at war then, and Nicaragua became a communist state where Russian language was taught in schools. In the streets, hundreds died and thousands were missing.