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Egypt, Libya, West Bank and Gaza: Reasons for hope
For much of July, I visited Mercy Corps' country programs in the West Bank and Gaza, Egypt and Libya. On my return, I wanted to share my thoughts on the challenges we face there and also the reasons that I came away hopeful. At the political level, things are fairly bleak.
Tunisia: Tunisia program launches in the wake of a revolution
Mercy Corps is starting up programs in the North African country of Tunisia for the first time.
West Bank and Gaza: Knowing — and sharing — the other side's narrative
South Sudan: An amazing thing to witness
South Sudan is now the world’s 193rd country, and the newest country in Africa. It is the first time since colonialism that Africans have drawn their own borders.
South Sudan: The wisdom of chief and bishop
Last week in South Sudan, I was able to witness the birth of the world’s newest nation. I also got to talk to numerous South Sudanese — many older and far wiser than myself — about excitement and concerns for their country. I’d like to recount a couple of those experiences.
South Sudan: The long road to independence
The road to independence for South Sudan has been long and difficult. The road to the official Independence Day celebration was also pretty tough.
South Sudan: The importance of an empty building
In the blur of excitement that is South Sudan’s capital these days, I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of spending my morning at a civil society project — one of the more nebulous concepts in the world of international development.
South Sudan: Airport chaos in Juba
I’d heard the airport in Juba, the capital of the soon-to-be nation of South Sudan, is chronically disorganized. I should have been mentally prepared for the chaos that awaited me yesterday morning. I wasn’t.
South Sudan: Celebrating July 4th en route to South Sudan
I’m a big fan of July 4th; it’s a holiday with friends, barbecue, fireworks and — even in the dreary Pacific Northwest — we usually manage to get some sun.
Somalia: Youth voices in a troubled land
In the northern Somalia semi-desert regions of Somaliland and Puntland, clans fight fiercely over dwindling supplies of wood, water and grazing land. The fewer the resources, the greater the competition. It’s an age-old conflict that jeopardizes the country’s future, especially its youth.