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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Libya: Leaving Benghazi
Yesterday we had to temporarily leave Benghazi and move west to Tubruq, as the front line fighting between the opposition and government troops slipped back and moved closer to us. On Sunday morning, all the phone lines were shut down — including our local Libyan cell phones.
Libya: Libyan volunteers fill the void
Yemen: Helping youth connect to opportunity in Yemen
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
Colombia: Land-conflict resolution network wins prestigious prize
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 Changemakers.
Iraq: Epilogue: What is peace?
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
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"
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: Finding the story
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