Aleppo: Important update about our team

Syria, January 9, 2017

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  • Civilians trying to flee from East Aleppo wait to be evacuated at Amiriyah District of Aleppo Syria on December 15, 2016. Photo: Getty Images

You’ve seen the news coming out of Aleppo this past month — of terrible violence, families fleeing and a tenuous cease-fire. And you may know that Mercy Corps has one of the largest aid operations inside Syria.

In fact, we were one of the only organizations on the ground in East Aleppo during the final weeks of conflict. What we were unable to tell you until now is that Mercy Corps team members were working in East Aleppo until evacuations began.

When they finally left the area, we anxiously awaited news from our team. During this period, their safety was our top priority and we decided to wait to share any updates. I’m relieved to say that just before the holidays, we received word that all of our colleagues made it out of the besieged areas of Aleppo. They are all safe.

True to our mission, Mercy Corps provides lifesaving relief to the most vulnerable, even in the face of great risk. I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am of this team.

We currently have team members in eight countries helping approximately 2.5 million people affected by the Syria crisis, and we help about 470,000 people per month within Syria. We provide everything from the basics — like food and water — to art activities for youth to manage their stress.

Thank you to everyone who supported us during one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time — whether you made a donation or shared a message of hope with our team and the people they were assisting, we remain grateful that you stand with us in difficult times.

Read the messages of support we shared with our team in Syria ▸