Bija Gutoff’s stories
Ethiopia: Bigger harvests, safer food October 10, 2011
I’m writing from under my mosquito net in Jijiga, Ethiopia. If you don’t know where that is, don’t feel bad. I didn’t either. I looked it up before I left home, of course, but Google maps only showed a big empty expanse that I suppose is meant to indicate sand.
Kenya: Drought pushing food prices up October 6, 2011
Here's an example of how prices have skyrocketed in Kenya because of the drought. The conversion rate is simple: 100 Kenyan shilling equals a dollar.
Kenya: ‘Asante Mercy Corps!’ October 5, 2011
In the town of Lag Bogol and the surrounding villages of Leheley, Boji Yareh and Boji Eyrib, we meet dozens of pastoralist “dropouts” — herders who have no more herds, and therefore are forced to “dropout” of their ancient way of life.
Kenya: 'Our camels are so weak, we have to help them stand up' October 4, 2011
Chief Saladi Ibrahim shakes my hand and manages a smile. As we sit down in the hut, he pauses to gather his thoughts. He is clearly troubled. He’s been chief for 17 years, and his village of Dela, like the rest of Wajir County, is in a terrible time.
Kenya: Pressing for time October 3, 2011
All day long, as the heat swelled to a punishing bake, gray clouds teased a promise of rain. But no rain came. In Wajir town and the surrounding scrub the landscape is parched: red sand, broken branches, piles of white rocks.
Japan: Six months after the quake September 11, 2011
Six months after the massive 9.0 earthquake struck eastern Japan on March 11, Mercy Corps continues to work with our partner agency, Peace Winds Japan, to bring relief and recovery to people in need.
Libya: Helping children heal September 5, 2011
I recently caught up with Dr. Omar Reda, a Libyan-American psychiatrist who’s helping Mercy Corps set up psychosocial programs for children affected by the conflict there.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Food crisis hits Horn of Africa July 6, 2011
Indonesia: Boosting disaster resilience June 22, 2011
If your family lived in a rickety shack on stilts and the waters were rising, you would hope your government had a plan. But if you were among the millions of poor people who inhabit some of the world’s most crowded and vulnerable Asian cities, there’s a good chance you’d be wrong.
Indonesia: Wholesale bank brings financial services to the poor June 22, 2011
In Indonesia, millions of people are self-employed through small businesses. But only a small percentage of them have had access to the formal financial services that help people move permanently out of poverty.