War tears at every fiber of society, but conflict doesn't have to be violent to harm communities. Mercy Corps works to help families rebuild after the destruction of war and engages citizens to find mutually beneficial solutions for change.
Especially in post-conflict settings, we facilitate collaboration between government officials and the people they serve, leading to more accountable and productive leadership. Addressing the root causes of conflict today can help avoid tomorrow's wars and other crises.
Somalia: Will the U.S. stand by as famine looms in Somalia?
"The drought has gotten so bad that we have seen camels dying of thirst," recounted a Mercy Corps colleague during my recent visit to Somalia.
South Sudan: South Sudan - The birth of a nation
Mercy Corps began programs in South Sudan in 2004 to help devastated communities rebuild after decades of civil war. As South Sudan declares its independence from the north, Mercy Corps staff looks at the progress the people have made in the past six years.
Sudan: Mayol Dau inside his shop
Mayol Dau does three things in his shop: credit card transfers over the phone, repair of mobile phones and recharging of mobile phone batteries.
Sudan: Mayol Dau outside his shop in Aweng, Sudan
Fifteen-year-old Mayol Dau started a cell phone business, with help from Mercy Corps, to help his family buy food. Now he's also using the money to pay for school fees to further his studies.
South Sudan: Mayol: the 15-Year-old entrepreneur
Mayol Dau is 15 years old and is an entrepreneur in Aweng, Twic County. Twic County is a remote area of South Sudan that has no paved roads and very little infrastructure, but that has not slowed down the business instincts of this teenage boy.
Sudan: Feet of Achol Ngong Chan and two of her children
Achol, her husband and their five children had to walk two days before reaching this displacement camp.
Sudan: Achol Ngong Chan and her children
Achol Ngong Chan and a few of her children, outside their makeshift shelter in a displacement camp near Agok, Sudan.
South Sudan: Achol: Struggling to survive
In late May, the Sudanese Army invaded the contested border area of Abyei with tanks and heavy weapons. More than 110,000 residents had to flee their homes in Abyei to escape the violent fighting.
Sudan: Alfonse Pawil at a Mercy Corps Civil Society Resource Center
After years spent displaced during Sudan's long civil war, 20-year-old Alfonse Pawil is now enrolled in a Mercy Corps-sponsored computer training course in Turalei, his hometown.
South Sudan: Alfonse: Never giving up on an education
Alfonse Pawil, 20 years old, spent most of his life in a war zone. He was born in Turalei, South Sudan in the midst of the two-decade long bloody civil war that devastated his homeland.