Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters take loved ones and the outbreak of war drives families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities and then teams up with them to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian crisis ▸
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Afghanistan: In Afghanistan, Mercy and Mayhem
A hellish predawn raid by truckloads of suspected Taliban gunmen took the life of a Mercy Corps veteran in Afghanistan in August. The violence didn't stop there. That wrenching episode was the second murder in a year, a horrible stretch for our relief workers.
Afghanistan: Optimism is High; But Afghans Fear The Window of Opportunity is Closing
Tackling Natural Disasters in the Ferghana Valley
[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on the website of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs IRINnews
Bosnia: A Fractured Country
Liberia: Peace, but Misery Still Pouring Down in Liberia
[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland) on August, 30 2003]
Afghanistan: A Father Says Goodbye To Drugs
Liberia: Mercy Corps Office Proves to be a Calm in the Midst of Liberia's Storm
The recent shelling of Monrovia by belligerent forces, sent thousands of Monrovians and foreign nationals running helter skelter in search of safe refuge wherever such was available.
Liberia: Mercy Corps Launches Emergency Water Program
In response to evidence of increased cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases, Mercy Corps is launching an emergency water supply program in Liberia to help victims of civil war cut off from clean water.
Tajikistan: ECHO Disaster Preparedness Project
Pakistan: Diary of an Aid Worker
Rachel Lieber is the Grants and Reports Manager in Mercy Corps' South Asia Regional Office in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has agreed to provide periodic updates about her work and life in Pakistan.