Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters can take loved ones and the outbreak of war drive families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities.
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Indonesia: Today is sweet August 8, 2009
When we were flying in over the blue sea waves lapping the shores of Banda Aceh earlier today, I thought, “This is where it happened.” I imagined the water pulling back from the shore with a horrific sucking sound before the sea hurled itself miles ashore.
Indonesia: Memories and departure July 31, 2009
The first time that Indonesia really came into my consciousness was the early morning of December 26, 2004. Almost five years later, I'm a half-hour from boarding a series of flights that will — a day and a half from now — bring me to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital and largest city.
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.
Poor countries see little relief from food crisis July 22, 2009
Thirty countries still need outside food aid, according to the latest report from the UN's food agency:
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.
China: Photo of the Day: A message of hope July 8, 2009
Psychosocial programing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mercy Corps' work, but one look at this photo and you realize how important it is.
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: Ned Lamont calls out Mercy Corps' work on The Huffington Post June 30, 2009
Today Ned Lamont — businessman, former Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut and Mercy Corps board member — called out Mercy Corps' work with Iraqi refugees in an insightful piece on Huffington