Nigeria: Mercy Corps resumes vital humanitarian work in Northeast Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria - Mercy Corps welcomed the Nigerian Government’s decision to temporarily reopen Mercy Corps offices in northeast Nigeria on October 31, 2019, following their closure for more than one month. We have immediately resumed our humanitarian response programming in Borno and Yobe states, reaching up to 500,000 people directly with life-saving assistance. However, we remain gravely concerned about the temporary nature of this resumption and the continuous challenges of working in the northeast of the country.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps is Extremely Concerned about Ongoing Closures in Northeast Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria — Today marks one month since Mercy Corps’ offices in Yobe and Borno states were closed by the Nigerian military. Our team remains extremely concerned about the significant and dire humanitarian consequences resulting from these closures. Yobe and Borno states are home to more than 2.6 million people and Mercy Corps, together with other humanitarian organizations, provide much needed assistance to communities affected by conflict.
South Sudan: Statement in Response to the Bipartisan Resolution in Support of South Sudan’s Peace Process and Transition to Democratic Rule
Mercy Corps welcomes the introduction of a bipartisan Senate Resolution (S. Res. 371) by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Todd Young (R-IN) in support of South Sudan’s peace process and efforts to transition to democratic rule.
Mercy Corps Announces Beth deHamel as Interim CEO
Portland, Ore. – The global organization Mercy Corps announced Beth deHamel as its interim Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of former CEO Neal Keny-Guyer last week. deHamel currently serves as Mercy Corps’ Chief Financial Officer.
Mercy Corps Chief Executive Officer Resigns
PORTLAND, Ore. — “The Mercy Corps Board has accepted the resignation of CEO, Neal Keny-Guyer, who has immediately relinquished his responsibilities. We are launching a search for a new Chief Executive Officer and will announce interim leadership soon. “The Mercy Corps Board today heard global Mercy Corps employees’ demands for accountability and responsibility after it was revealed this week that the daughter of co-founder Ellsworth Culver brought details of sexual abuse perpetrated by him to the attention of Mercy Corps in the early 1990s and again in 2018.
Letter of Resignation from Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer
Dear Mercy Corps Global Team, It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am stepping down as CEO of Mercy Corps, effective as the board determines a date. Meanwhile, I am immediately relinquishing my day-to-day responsibilities. The Board will appoint an interim leader. The events of this past week have caused me to think deeply about a lot of things — especially about what is best for Mercy Corps, what promotes healing, and what is the right act of authentic leadership for me.
Syria: 15 aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in North-East Syria
Civilians in north-east Syria are at risk and humanitarian aid could be cut off following the launch of a new military operation in the area, leading aid agencies are warning. Reports from humanitarian responders on the ground say civilians are already on the move and that some vital services have been interrupted, including medical facilities and water supplies. Agencies say that some of their staff have fled with their families, while others are on lockdown.
Statement Regarding Late Mercy Corps Co-founder Ellsworth Culver
Portland, Ore. – The details of sexual abuse allegations made against Mercy Corps’ late co-founder Ellsworth Culver in The Oregonian are horrific. Had I known this information when I joined Mercy Corps as CEO in 1994, Ellsworth Culver would not have remained at the organization.
United States: Mercy Corps Statement in Response to U.S. Administration's Reduced Refugee Admission Decision
Mercy Corps is deeply concerned by the Administration’s decision to cut refugee admissions to 18,000 -- a 50% reduction -- for the coming year. This decision undermines U.S.leadership globally, as well as our responsibility to protect the world’s most vulnerable people. Today, 70.8 million people have been displaced from their homes, including nearly 26 million refugees, which is the highest level since after World War II.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps Suspends Operations in Borno and Yobe States
Mercy Corps is suspending operations in Borno and Yobe States, Nigeria, following the closure of four of our field offices by the Nigerian military. We have not yet received an official reason from the Nigerian authorities for the closure and we are seeking to work with them to resolve this as soon as possible. Mercy Corps believes in the work we have done in northeast Nigeria, and we hope to quickly resume our programs that bring much-needed relief to the people of Nigeria.