Seth Rue Portland, Oregon Seth Rue, Program Officer, Middle East Seth Rue’s stories Lebanon, Syria: Building a community of support for refugees Two signature Mercy Corps programs will bring support and healing to young Syrian refugees, their parents, and Lebanese hosts families, all affected by the escalating violence in Syria. Lebanon, Syria: Making progress to comfort more Syrian kids Yesterday held some big developments for Mercy Corps' new efforts to support Syrian refugees flooding into Lebanon. Lebanon: Steps toward a fuller democracy Earlier this year 800 people in a small village in northern Lebanon went to the polls. Like people across Lebanon, many in the village of Qaa had never voted before in their lives, mostly because they’d been disillusioned with tales of corruption, inefficiency and greed in politics. West Bank and Gaza: We're all the beneficiaries West Bank and Gaza: Tunnels, walls and stones I must admit, I found it a bit disappointing that I'd passed so easily through the infamous Ben Gurion International Airport passport control. After I picked up my bag I didn't really know what to do with myself — the flight had arrived early, and I wasn't being held up for questioning. West Bank and Gaza: Questions on the way to Israel I really didn't plan my first trip to Israel and Palestine to coincide with the publication of National Geographic's special issue on The Holy Land —honest, I didn't.