West Bank and Gaza: Clashes erupt in West Bank as Israel strikes back at Gaza rocket fire – the day's events August 12, 2014
...Stuart Willcuts, director of the emergency response in Gaza by NGO Mercy Corps, which says it has the largest humanitarian presence on the ground in the coastal enclave after the UN, said hopes of some relief for people have been dashed by the ending of the truce: "The 72-hour ceasefire gave us all hope that a more durable peace agreement was on the horizon. Yesterday, I watched families starting to move out of the displacement shelters and go back home. There was a lot of hope yesterday that the ceasefire may hold. Today those hopes are dashed.
Myanmar: A window is open — for now: Instability and opportunity in Myanmar August 11, 2014
Change is taking place in Myanmar. The dramatic signs of this transition are everywhere. Since the geographically- and ethnically-diverse country that had been under military rule for half a century elected its first civilian government in 2010, a series of rapid and dramatic reforms have taken place to allow freedom of expression, open the economy and consolidate peace. The government has also taken the first tentative steps toward decentralization...
West Bank and Gaza: Crisis to catastrophe: Gaza's grim inventory August 7, 2014
Stuart Willcuts is the director of Portland-based Mercy Corps , the largest private aid group working in Gaza, where it has been delivering emergency and development aid for more than 25 years. It is currently working in areas damaged or destroyed by the conflict. Willcuts spoke to the Star from Gaza during a pause in Israel’s month-long air and ground assault on the tiny strip, aimed at undercutting Hamas...
West Bank and Gaza: Ahmad Hegazy Mercy Corps Interview With BBC Scotland Good Morning Scotland August 6, 2014
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West Bank and Gaza: Cease-fire offers window to aid groups August 6, 2014
Mercy Corps has 90 workers inside Gaza who are taking advantage of the 72-hour humanitarian pause, but challenges remain. Watch full interview
West Bank and Gaza: Israel-Gaza conflict: UN spokesman Chris Gunness breaks down on camera after shelling on Jabaliya school August 6, 2014
'The injustice of it all is enough to make any heart burst' The full horror of the situation in a UN school where at least 19 people lost their lives and another 125 were wounded in dawn strikes proved too much for UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesmen Chris Gunness, who broke down on camera after describing the human impact of the conflict between Israel and Gaza....
West Bank and Gaza: Aid agency roundup: Gaza crisis 'spiralling out of control' August 6, 2014
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it came in effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions"...
West Bank and Gaza: Edinburgh charity workers risk their lives in Gaza August 6, 2014
IT is a war which has shocked the world, as stark images of the horrors in Gaza highlight a conflict seemingly without end, and one which in just a few weeks has claimed thousands of lives and torn thousands more from their homes and families.
Liberia: Youth engagement in development: Time for the golden triangle to become a square? August 6, 2014
The formation of government, private and public sectors is often referred to as the golden triangle, but the push for youth to be more centered in development initiatives means there might need to be another point to the three-sided shape. “Maybe the triangle could become a square,” said Andrea Koppel, vice president of global engagement and policy for Mercy Corps, in response to the question of how to better engage youth in development efforts...
West Bank and Gaza: Israel bombards Hamas symbols, power plant in Gaza July 30, 2014
Israeli forces pounded Hamas symbols of control and Gaza's only power plant in one of the heaviest bombardments in the three-week conflict, trying to raise pressure on the Islamist group to accept Israel's terms for a cease-fire. A strike early Tuesday engulfed the power plant in flames, forcing it to shut down and leaving many of the Palestinian territory's 1.8 million people without electricity. To Gazans, the attack on such a vital lifeline seemed aimed at weakening Palestinian support for the extended conflict both sides say they are ready to fight.