Mercy Corps applauds Congressional interest in global food security
Portland, OR – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps applauds the strong bipartisan leadership of Senators Casey, Johanns, Coons, Isakson, Cardin and Boozman and Representatives Chris Smith and Betty McCollum for their attention to improving global food security. With more than 800 million hungry men, women and children around the world, it is vital that Congress support efforts to help families access nutritious food and develop sustainable solutions to food insecurity.
Syria: Global community must not overlook Syria’s next generation
Portland, OR – The next generation of Syrians – adolescents on the cusp of adulthood – is in danger of being overlooked by the global community’s humanitarian and educational response in the region. Of the 1.5 million Syrian refugee children under the age of 18, nearly one in every four is an adolescent. These highly vulnerable young people lack sufficient psychosocial support, education and skills-building programs. Subsequently, they are missing critical educational and life milestones, according to a new research report from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Gender inequality undermines community resilience
Portland, OR – The humanitarian crises of the African Sahel have drawn international attention, which has succeeded in addressing the immediate needs of millions of people. But the response has thus far failed to increase the complex region’s capacity to withstand future shocks and stresses. According to new research from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps, numerous structural barriers and unequal power dynamics need to be addressed to create the capacity for people to cope, adapt and rebound. Among the many factors, one issue looms large: gender inequality.
West Bank and Gaza: The Coca-Cola Company contributes $200,000 to Mercy Corps’ humanitarian effort in Gaza
Portland, OR – The Coca-Cola Company has donated $200,000 to the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps to support the organization’s extensive relief efforts in the Gaza Strip. The largest private aid organization working in Gaza, Mercy Corps has already reached more than 210,000 civilians affected by the recent conflict. The agency is distributing food and hygiene kits, setting up portable water stations across the hardest-hit areas and providing psychosocial support to children.
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.