Nigeria: Mercy Corps Already Observing Political Violence Ahead Of Nigeria’s Elections
ABUJA, Nigeria – The global organization Mercy Corps is already seeing outbreaks of violence in the lead-up to Nigeria’s elections for the presidency and National Assembly in February 2019. Warning signs foreshadowing continued unrest include the weak credibility of electoral institutions and intra-party disagreements. The proliferation of weapons is also worsening violence, particularly between farmers and herders in the Middle Belt region, and between criminal gangs across the country.
United States: Mercy Corps: United States Government Must Respect the Human Right to Seek Asylum
In response to changes in federal regulations that could limit the right of migrants to seek asylum in the United States, Mercy Corps is issuing the following statement, attributable to Dr. Dafna H. Rand, Vice President for Policy and Research:
Yemen: 35 Yemeni And International Organizations Call For An Immediate Cessation Of Hostilities In Yemen
PARIS, France – As humanitarian, human rights and peacebuilding organizations working on Yemen, we welcome tomorrow’s unprecedented coming together of legislators from across nations and parties for the first International Parliamentary Conference for Peace in Yemen to demand their governments work together to end the crisis. With 14 million men, women and children on the brink of famine – half the country’s population – there has never been a more urgent time to act.
Yemen: Mercy Corps Statement On Calls For Yemen Peace Talks
Following U.S. Sec. of State Pompeo's call for a ceasefire in Yemen, our Country Director Abdikadir Mohamud made the following statement:
Mali: NGOs Call For Response To Insecurity In Menaka
BAMAKO, Mali – We, the international NGOs working in Menaka, would like to bring attention to the persistence of insecurity in the city of Menaka, which impacts both the area’s population as well as NGO staff. Since the beginning of 2018, at least 28 incidents have targeted NGO staff in the Menaka region, making it one of the most dangerous areas for us to work in Mali.
United States: Mercy Corps Calls For The Protection Of Rights Of Migrants In The Central American Caravan
WASHINGTON – The global organization Mercy Corps urges the governments of Mexico, Guatemala and the United States to protect the estimated 7,000 Honduran migrants traveling in a caravan through Guatemala and Mexico toward the United States, in line with key principles of international human rights.
Colombia: Mercy Corps Expands Colombia Border Response To Venezuela Crisis
RIOHACHA, Colombia — The global organization Mercy Corps is expanding its operations near Colombia’s border with Venezuela to meet the urgent needs of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, returning Colombians and Colombians affected by Venezuelan migration. According to Colombian authorities, more than 1 million people have fled Venezuela for Colombia since 2016, including 250,000 returning Colombians and more than 800,000 Venezuelans.
Mercy Corps Announces New Chair For European Board Of Directors
EDINBURGH, UK – Mercy Corps announced today that Dr. Nick Blazquez will take over as Chair of its European Board, effective Oct. 22. He replaces Tom Murray, who will remain as a Director of the Board.
Mercy Corps Adds Vijaya Gadde To Board Of Directors
PORTLAND, Ore—Mercy Corps is pleased to announce that Vijaya Gadde is joining the global organization’s board of directors. Ms. Gadde currently serves as Twitter’s chief legal officer, overseeing the company’s legal, public policy, compliance, and trust and safety teams. In this role, Ms. Gadde helps protect Twitter users’ online safety and allows the platform to remain a vibrant forum for the discussion of information and ideas.
Syria: Aid Groups Fear For Civilians In Idlib As Ceasefire Deal Deadline Looms
Beirut – Four international aid agencies working in Syria’s north-west region of Idlib have warned of dire consequences for millions of civilians if the Russia-Turkey deal, due to be implemented by October 15, doesn’t result in a sustained reduction of violence in this overcrowded province.