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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Yemen: Helping youth connect to opportunity in Yemen March 1, 2011
Umelto (Alto) Labetubun is Mercy Corps' representative in Yemen, our newest country program. Originally from Ambon, Indonesia, Alto began working for Mercy Corps in 2000, when his home island was rocked by a sectarian conflict that killed thousands and displaced more than a half-million people.
Sri Lanka: Peace and reconciliation through sport February 15, 2011
The decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka finally ended in May 2009, leaving 80,000 dead, many thousands more dislocated, and a legacy of mistrust, tension and lack of communication between Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities.
Colombia: Land-conflict resolution network wins prestigious prize February 15, 2011
Our efforts at peacefully resolving violent land conflicts in Guatemala and Colombia have won a prestigious $50,000 prize from the Omidyar Network and Ashoka's Changemakers.
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.
Iraq: VIDEO: "Sadness has become my food and my clothes" February 1, 2011
Over the course of the week and a half I've been in northern Iraq so far, I've seen — and heard — a lot about Kurdish culture. It's extremely hospitable, thoughtful and fiercely passionate.
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.
Iraq: Finding the story January 30, 2011
I work with Awatif in southern Iraq, but we had to travel across the country to get to know one another.
Iraq: Life amidst the ruins January 27, 2011
Iraq: Images from the Iraq Storytelling Workshop January 26, 2011
Mercy Corps recently held a writing and photography workshop for 22 staffers from all over Iraq. On the second day of training, they had the chance to visit three villages around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to do interviews and take photographs.