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 nearly 4 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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Mercy Corps Meeting Immediate Needs, Addressing Long-Term Concerns of Bam's Residents
One month after a devastating earthquake leveled this ancient town in southeastern Iran, there remain massive emergency and long-term concerns for the more than 70,000 people left homeless and living in tents and makeshift shelters.
"Relief From All Corners of the World"
Classes and Games Help Kids Experiencing Post-Earthquake Trauma
When he smiles Ali looks like an eight-year-old you might meet anywhere in the world. His face lights up and reveals a big gap that is waiting for a front tooth to take its place.
Mercy Corps Works to Meet the Needs of the Survivors in Bam, Iran
Mercy Corps Opens Shelter, Provides Relief to Quake Survivors in Iran
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]