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 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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House Destroyed by Quake, A Family Finds Comfort at Mercy Corps Shelter
BAM, Iran - Eight days after their home was completely destroyed in the earthquake, the Ghaemabadi family is settling into their new, temporary home: a large, five-person winterized tent in a camp for the displaced and homeless.
Mercy Corps Works to Meet the Needs of the Survivors in Bam, Iran
Mercy Corps Opens Shelter, Provides Relief to Quake Survivors in Iran
Additional Mercy Corps Supplies, Staff Arrive in Iran Quake Area
Mercy Corps staff members at the scene of the destructive earthquake in southeastern Iran are continuing to provide emergency assistance to families left homeless by Friday's disaster.
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