Syria: Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria February 24, 2014
NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as the conflict in Syria approaches its fourth year.
Syria: Syrian Civil War and Humanitarian Crisis February 21, 2014
Senior diplomatic officials and regional experts described the growing refugee crisis caused by the Syrian civil war. Representatives from Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey, all of which border Syria, talked about the effects of the refuges on their countries' resources, political dynamics, economics, and social structures. Kelly Clements of the State Department talked about the role of U.S. policy in the region. She said the rate of refugees flowing out of Syria was unlike anything the world had seen since the Rwanda genocide of the 1990's.
Dan O’Neill gathers an army of compassion with Mercy Corps February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON — “There are some stories that can never be told. This is one of them.” So began a gut-wrenching report from Goma, Zaire, by correspondent Jim Wooten on ABC-TV’s “Nightline” in 1994. “It is all too much,” Wooten said, “a calamity of such epic proportions, so massive in size and scope that the truth of it is far beyond journalism’s reach.” Perhaps. Still, a question arises: Difficult as the Rwanda story is to tell, has network news done all it can to tell it?
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: OPINIÓN: Por qué Siria necesita a George Clooney January 30, 2014
Beirut, Líbano (CNN) - Siria necesita muchas cosas en este momento. Una de ellas es George Clooney. Permítanme explicarles. Como lo dejaron en claro las conversaciones en Ginebra II esta semana, no hay un final a la vista para la sangrienta guerra de tres años en Siria. Mientras tanto, mas de 100.000 personas han muerto, el país está destruido, y millones de sirios han huido de sus casas, la mitad de ellos, niños.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Why Syria needs George Clooney January 30, 2014
Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) -- Syria needs lots of things right now. One of them is George Clooney. Let me explain. As the Geneva II talks this week made clear, there is no end in sight for the bloody three-year war in Syria. In the meantime, more than 100,000 people have been killed, the country is destroyed, and millions of Syrians have fled their homes, half of them children. This is the defining war and humanitarian crisis of this decade, which was underscored by my visit to Syrian refugees here this week...
Why Davos matters January 26, 2014
"Rarified as this meeting is, Davos and gatherings like it advance peace and progress. If you harbor doubts, take another look." In a guest post, CEO Neal-Keny Guyer shares his thoughts on the importance of partnership to advance social change.
South Sudan: NGOs welcome ceasefire agreement in South Sudan, reaffirm their commitment to help all populations in need of assistance January 25, 2014
Fifty-five major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan have expressed their deep concern about the current humanitarian situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations in need of assistance.
Central African Republic: Humanitarian community calls for congressional hearing on crisis in Central African Republic January 18, 2014
Against the backdrop of a devastating humanitarian emergency and continued violence in Central African Republic, Mercy Corps and six other international humanitarian organizations are calling on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold a hearing on the worsening situation.
Key international food aid reform passes in spending bill, say leading aid groups January 17, 2014
Seventeen international development, relief and advocacy organizations released a joint statement today applauding the funding levels for international food assistance and reforms that would allow these programs to reach even more people.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The power of mediation January 7, 2014
It is time to rethink our assistance in protracted crises so that we can begin to tap into the positive potential of refugee communities, rather than crossing our fingers and hoping against hope they won't become spoilers down the road. One example is a program implemented by Mercy Corps. In addition to humanitarian assistance in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq Mercy Corps provides mediation training to Syrian refugee leaders and host communities in a pocket of northern Jordan so they can address tensions that emerge over issues such as employment and housing.