Our time to unite: A message from our CEO

November 19, 2015

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  • Khalid, Amneh and their children, Duha and Suleiman, fled Syria in May 2013 for Jordan after their home was destroyed in a tank fire.
    Photo: Khalid, Amneh and their children, Duha and Suleiman, fled Syria in May 2013 for Jordan after their home was destroyed in a tank fire.

All of us were outraged, horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless slayings in Beirut and Paris.

There must be justice.

At Mercy Corps, our teams witness the slaughter and suffering of innocent civilians each day – and we do what we can to ease their pain, to help them to safety, and to empower them to recover and rebuild their lives when violence ceases.  For us, these millions are not numbers. They are mothers and fathers, grandparents, sisters and brothers. They need our help and support now more than ever.

This is not the time to build walls. This is not the time to discriminate against a category of people. This is not the time to forsake our values and act out of fear.  This is the time to unite.

As an American, I have always believed that we are a shining light, a beacon of freedom and hope for all people regardless of race, religion or nationality. This principle defines America at its best.

At Mercy Corps, we urge the global community to bond together in a renewed effort to defeat terrorism and to address the root causes of violence and suffering – especially in Syria. We implore America and her leaders to stand up for human rights and humanitarian law.

And let us not forget what Lady Liberty proclaims:

“Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”