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.
We have responded to almost every global disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
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Afghanistan: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst May 28, 2002
CHAMAN, Pakistan - Not a tree, bush or green living thing can be seen for miles. Dust-devils spot the arid landscape near the Pakistani town of Chaman, on the Afghan border. It is this hot, inhospitable place that over 33,000 Afghan refugees call home, for now.
Afghanistan: Overcoming Ethnic Divisions to Deliver Aid May 22, 2002
Afghanistan: Three strikes, but not out May 13, 2002
When Taj Mohammad graduated from Kabul University Law School 12 years ago he had a different idea of how his life would be today. A barrister by training, Mr. Mohammad lives with his wife, Nasreen, and six children in a tent provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
Voices of Courage May 10, 2002
Before May 1992, Zejneba Sarajlic and Stana Avramovic were mere acquaintances who occasionally greeted each other while shopping or passing on the street but whose age and ethnicity kept them apart.
Afghanistan: Returning to the ruins of Dehwarian May 8, 2002
As I approached Dehwairan there was a crowd of men gathered on a hillside. They were exhuming mass graves left behind from the Taliban, hoping to find family members that were missing after the war. Ghosts passed by riding on donkeys.
Afghanistan: A powerful partnership in northern Afghanistan April 30, 2002
After six months of extreme challenges and rapidly changing circumstances, Mercy Corps, The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and World Vision International (WVI) are finishing a highly successful project in Northern Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Dozens killed, 100 injured in new Afghan quake April 12, 2002
A third powerful earthquake to hit northern Afghanistan in less then two months has killed dozens of people and injured hundreds. The magnitude 5.8 quake struck early Friday morning and was centered near the village of Doabi in the Nahrin district about 100 miles north of Kabul.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps staff report "total devastation" in villages hit by quake March 27, 2002
Mercy Corps staff in northern Afghanistan report widespread damage to homes and infrastructure in Nahrin and surrounding villages following severe earthquakes and continuing aftershocks that began on Monday. The number of injured is likely to rise as rescue teams reach outlying villages.
Mongolia: Livelihoods Destroyed as 800,000 Livestock Perish in Mongolia—Emergency Relief Efforts Underway February 24, 2002
Extraordinarily harsh winter weather in Mongolia has killed more than 800,000 animals - the cattle, horses, goats and camels that many nomadic Mongolians rely on for survival.
Indonesia: Heavy Rains leave 300,000 homeless in Indonesia February 1, 2002
Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta this week, forcing more than 300,000 residents to flee their homes in search of shelter in mosques, churches and schools.