Cassandra Nelson’s stories
Iraq, Syria: Meet Zeena: So much more than a refugee
What happens when war destroys a 25-year-old student's future plans? We give Zeena and other Syrian refugees the chance to become leaders in their communities.
Lebanon, Syria: In crowded Lebanon, Syrian refugees are forced to shelter in unlikely places
Lebanon is the smallest country crowded with the largest number of Syrian refugees. We're helping families prepare for winter in the abandoned buildings they've found to call home.
South Sudan: Voices from Juba
What do displaced people in Juba have to say about the humanitarian crisis? See photos and hear about their experiences and hopes for a better future.
South Sudan: What does flooding mean for displacement camps?
Heavy rainfall and flooding has inundated the U.N. compound in Bentiu, making conditions even more difficult. Our team is working to provide vital sanitation facilities and prevent the spread of disease.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian wrestling champion brings hope to refugee youth
Mohammed Al Karad spent more than a decade as a star Syrian athlete. Now a refugee at Zaatari, he's channeling his past to be a positive role model for young Syrian refugees at Mercy Corps' Youth Center.
Yemen: Food gives a family hope for the future
Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. Learn how our emergency food program helps families like Ayesha's find relief from hunger and malnutrition.
Jordan, Syria: Life as a refugee: Spend the day with Nour
From dawn to dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, and her family in Zaatari refugee camp shows the hardships millions of Syrians endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian youth in their own words
Ten young refugees in Zaatari camp talk about what it's like to grow up without their home and what keeps them looking forward.
Philippines: A child's safe haven helps families cope
Merlyn and her three children can't go home again. Child Centered Spaces give the young mother peace of mind as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Rebuilding for Baby Yolee
Born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Baby Yolee survived in the safety of her mother's arms. But there is nothing left for the family to call home.