Jordan, Syria: ‘Such hardship’: Inside a Syrian refugee camp September 20, 2013
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 September 4, 2013
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 September 4, 2013
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 August 31, 2013
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 August 27, 2013
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.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Will military strike on Syria be too little, too late? August 27, 2013
In two years, the Syrian civil war has killed at least 100,000 people. Some two million more have registered as refugees. We hear where they're going and the impact they're having from Tim Arango of the New York Times and Cassandra Nelson of Mercy Corps.
Lebanon, Syria: Syria's traumatized refugee children will be the ones to rebuild their country August 24, 2013
Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson talks about child refugees in Lebanon: The UNHCR has announced that we have reached the one millionth Syrian child refugee mark. It is a terrifying statistic if you really digest it and don't just read it as a sanitized account of a tragic war.
Egypt, West Bank and Gaza: 15 Middle East accelerators to watch August 22, 2013
An MIT Business Plan Competition, a Google GOOG +0.81% fund for entrepreneurs and several startup weekends – no, this isn’t Silicon Valley, but the Middle East, where the region’s burgeoning startup habitat is ripe for investment. Meet the incubators, accelerators and investors supporting the Middle East's burgeoning startup habitat. ....Gaza Sky Geeks Created by Portland-based Mercy Corps, Gaza Sky Geeks is an accelerator funded and mentored by the likes of Google and Portland's Rogue Venture Partners. It will host its first class in 2013...
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria refugee crisis captured In shocking infographic August 16, 2013
Almost 2 million Syrians have already fled their war-torn country since the start of the civil war in 2011. This year, an average of 6,000 Syrians a day have left the country in search of shelter. To give a sense of just how dire the Syrian refugee crisis has become, humanitarian group Mercy Corps released an infographic this week to illustrate the magnitude of the problem.
Guest: How U.S. foreign aid can feed more for less August 2, 2013
Foreign-aid debates can quickly get complicated. Should the U.S. provide aid to Egypt after political upheaval there? How can we assist Syrians trapped by conflict? Can building better schools and more productive farms also create stability in fragile states like Afghanistan? These are difficult, complex questions with no easy answers. But some aid debates are just not that complicated.