Syria: Middle East staggers under weight of 3 million Syrian refugees
Portland, OR – According to the United Nations, there are now 3 million registered Syrian refugees spread across the Middle East, with the majority living in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps works closely with these refugees and the neighboring countries hosting them to stretch scarce resources and strengthen communities’ ability to peacefully resolve urgent issues.
Iraq: Displacement in Iraq spirals and humanitarian needs reach critical point
Portland, OR – As hundreds of thousands of Iraqis flee their homes and temporary shelters because of intense fighting, the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps seeks to ensure that all civilians, regardless of age, gender or religious affiliation, are permitted to find safe haven. Since heavy fighting erupted in June, an estimated 850,000 Iraqis have abandoned their homes in search of safety.
West Bank and Gaza: Thousands of civilians in Gaza face shortage of food, water and essential supplies
Portland, OR – Tens of thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip face acute shortages of food, water, essential household items, safe shelter and medical care, according to the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. During the cease-fire of August 5 to 8, Mercy Corps assessed needs in previously inaccessible areas, and repositioned humanitarian supplies closer to civilians who need them most.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps welcomes Gaza cease-fire; calls for lasting, just peace
Washington, DC – Mercy Corps welcomes the new cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and urges all parties to work toward a durable solution to the conflict that contributes to a just peace for the region. As the largest humanitarian aid presence in Gaza, next to the United Nations, Mercy Corps has already delivered food and other essential items to more than 83,000 people forced to flee their homes.
North Korea: Mercy Corps welcomes new Executive Director of National Committee on North Korea
Washington, DC –Keith Luse, who brings over a decade of experience in high-level engagement with North Korea, has been named Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK). Founded by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps in 2004, the Committee is a non-partisan coalition of individuals with extensive knowledge and experience related to the society, economy, government and history of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Myanmar: Myanmar’s political and economic reforms are emerging unevenly
Portland, OR – Despite a series of rapid and dramatic reforms since electing a civilian government in 2010, Myanmar’s transition remains fragile, according to new research from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. Many outside observers see Myanmar as a country with abundant natural resources, underdeveloped markets and a government eager to assume greater stature regionally and globally.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps to Deliver Aid to More Than 40,000 Civilians in Gaza
Portland, OR –Mercy Corps is delivering humanitarian assistance to thousands of Gazan families displaced by the current conflict. With 87 team members on the ground and an established network of community-based organizations, the agency has the largest on-the-ground humanitarian presence in the Gaza Strip, next to the United Nations. Since the start of the conflict, more than 120,000 people have fled their homes to avoid the intense fighting.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps welcomes humanitarian funding for urgent needs in Gaza
Mercy Corps applauds the decision by Secretary of State Kerry to provide $47 million in humanitarian aid to meet the rapidly growing needs of thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. As one of the largest humanitarian aid providers working in Gaza, Mercy Corps’ 85 dedicated national staff, and a network of over 50 community organizations, have already risked their lives to reach 1,000 families with humanitarian assistance in the last week.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Mercy Corps: Syrian adolescents on the brink
Washington, DC – In Syria and the surrounding region, whether today’s youth become a positive or negative force depends on what happens over the next three years, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Of the 1.2 million children forced to flee Syria, nearly 400,000 (one of every three) are between the age of 12 and 18.
Iraq: Mercy Corps assesses urgent humanitarian need in Iraq as hundreds of thousands flee fighting
Portland, OR – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps has mobilized a team to assess the humanitarian situation in Iraq near the cities of Mosul and Tikrit. According to the United Nations, over the last few days some 500,000 civilians have fled intense fighting in the area. The agency is calling on the international community to immediately allocate funds as Mercy Corps and other non-governmental organizations mount a humanitarian response.