Syria: 8 things you should know about Syria and the Syrian conflict
...It's hard to know the exact number of Syrian refugees because many haven't registered with the United Nations when they left the country. The UN says 3.2 million have registered with them and it's estimated that more than 1 million haven't. Which gives a plausible total of 4.3 million Syrian refugees abroad. This table from the charity Mercy Corps shows where many have gone...
Iraq: Conflict in Iraq forces families to flee their homes and seek shelter where they can
In one neighborhood of Kirkuk, Northern Iraq, more than a hundred Iraqi families forced to leave their homes because of ongoing fighting, live cheek-by-jowl in two unfinished, unheated buildings. There's no privacy, no running water, no proper sanitation facilities and only open windows and unfinished staircases -- a certain hazard for the dozens of young children who run around.
Liberia: Hotseat: Mark Ferdig
On Sept. 18, Mark Ferdig kissed his wife goodbye, dropped his two kids at school in Woodstock and boarded a plane for Monrovia, Liberia, the Ebola outbreak epicenter. Ferdig, 43, is a leader on Mercy Corps’ strategic response and global emergency team. The Portland humanitarian aid organization had previously sent Ferdig to Lebanon to support Syrian refugees, to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, and to Indonesia, where he directed the group’s response to the 2004 tsunami...
Liberia: Mercy Corps' response to Ebola
Simon O’Connell, Mercy Corps Regional Programme Director for West Africa, talks to BBC World about Mercy Corps’ response to Ebola in Liberia and the impact the crisis is having on livelihoods and the country’s economy.
Liberia: Ebola outbreak prompts food scarcity and threat of social conflict
Farmers in Liberia are too frightened to work together in their fields, fertilisers and seeds are stuck on the other side of closed borders, markets are almost empty, people have less money because jobs that involve physical contact with others are disappearing, and prices for everything from cassava to palm oil are rising.
Liberia: Good Morning Scotland
Mercy Corps is mounting a massive public health education response to Ebola in Liberia. Our goal is to reach 2 million people over the next six months. Watch full interview
Liberia: Aid group starts Ebola education drive in Liberia
The charity hopes to reach two million people with vital information in how to try to protect themselves against the deadly disease. It will work with partners to train 1000 volunteers in the country who will mobilise 2500 community task forces, made up of 50,000 trusted community members...
Syria: Just like disaster victims, Syrian refugees need aid
AMERICANS ARE a remarkably generous people when it comes to natural disasters. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, private citizens gave an estimated $1.4 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. An estimated $2 billion poured in to help those displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But when it comes to man-made disasters, the giving drops considerably.
Liberia: Portland’s Mercy Corps launches Ebola campaign
Portland-based humanitarian aid service Mercy Corps launched a massive public health campaign in Liberia Thursday morning in the fight against Ebola. The campaign aims to educate more than two million people — more than half the country’s population — on how to prevent the spread of Ebola...
West Bank and Gaza: What it’s like to build a startup in Gaza as the bombs drop
Mariam Abultewi is sitting at a small wooden desk, pitching her company’s smartphone app, when the airstrike hits. A laptop sits in front of her, and a whiteboard hangs nearby, filled with colored scribbles. Several other twenty-somethings sit at desks across the room. Most are typing on their own laptops, and one draws animations on a tablet, as a few colleagues watch over his shoulder. A familiar chirp bounces from desk to desk—the sound of messages arriving on Facebook...