Syria: Portrait series of Syrian refugee children reveals innocence amid trauma
Kids and toys usually go together like peas and carrots. But for many Syrian refugee children, having fled their war-torn homeland with little more than the clothes on their backs, toys are luxuries from bygone days. Earlier this year, global aid agency Mercy Corps, with the help of two generous sponsors, sought to change that by transporting thousands of toys to Jordan to brighten the lives of some of the Syrian children living there.
Jordan, Syria: Syria's grinding war takes toll on children
Alexandra Chen, a specialist in childhood trauma, is on her way from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to the southern town of Nabatiyeh, where she's running a workshop for teachers, child psychologists and sports coaches who are dealing with the Syrian children scarred by war in their homeland. "All of the children have experienced trauma to varying degree," explains Chen, who works for Mercy Corps and is training a dozen new hires for her aid group.
West Bank and Gaza: Tech startups face all the usual challenges and more in Gaza
Building an IT startup on the Gaza Strip isn't simple: electricity is sporadic, there is no 3G network. You can sell your product outside Gaza's tightly controlled borders, but it can be difficult to move the money back into Gaza. Nonetheless, half a dozen entrepreneurs from Gaza recently pitched their ideas for consideration in a unique program, one that could catapult their businesses into the global marketplace. NPR's Emily Harris reports.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Humanitarian situation in Syria
Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, spoke about the humanitarian situation resulting from the Syrian civil war at the National Press Club during their Newsmaker program. The United Nations estimated there to be more than 3 million refugees from the Syrian civil war by December 2013. Watch the video ▸
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Assessing the Syrian refugee crisis
To date 2.1 million refugees have fled Syria, many of them settling in neighboring countries, causing a major strain on economies, governments, and individuals. Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, talks about the burden on host countries.
Jordan, Syria: ‘Such hardship’: Inside a Syrian refugee camp
When aid worker Robert Maroni drives to the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, he knows to expect a sea of Syrian children. There are nearly 50,000 of them, after all.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Missile strikes or no missile strikes, Syrians are desperate
Mercy Corps' Jeremy Barnicle writes about the needs he saw on his recent trip to Jordan: Water is scarce throughout the region, especially for refugees. Temporary shelters will need to be improved and winterized in the coming months. Refugee children need easier access to schools and school supplies, both for their near-term emotional health and to keep their longer-term education on track. Tensions are rising between refugees and the communities that are hosting them, and we have to make an investment in keeping the peace there.
Lebanon, Syria: Aid worker: Syrian refugee crisis creating long-term burden for neighbors
Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson talks about how host countries are coping with the strain of massive numbers of Syrian refugees: As world leaders debate what to do about Syria, one thing remains clear -- the plight and suffering of the people is only getting worse.
Jordan, Syria: Half of nearly 2 million Syrian refugees are children
Rob Maroni, Jordan country director from Mercy Corps, joins MSNBC's Craig Melvin to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis. Watch the video ▸
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: As Syria heats up, charities reach out to children
As the possibility of a U.S. strike against Syria increased Monday night and Tuesday morning, charities were getting the word out about their efforts to help the estimated 1 million children who are refugees in the crisis. And those charities were getting some support from users on Twitter, especially journalist Ann Curry, who used the social media service to let the public know that Save the Children, Mercy Corps and UNICEF were reaching out specifically to children.