South Sudan: Mercy Corps: Two Options For People In South Sudan – Starve Or Flee
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – The global organization Mercy Corps warns that every day, from now until April, an estimated 9,000 people in South Sudan will lose access to food. Fueled by the protracted conflict and subsequent massive displacement of people, the crisis is on the verge of catastrophic. “We are horrified to witness the fast deterioration of the crisis in South Sudan,” says Francesco Lanino, Mercy Corps’ acting country director in South Sudan. “People are running out of time. They have only two options left: starve or flee.”
United States: Mercy Corps Reaffirms Gender Diversity and Inclusion, Safeguarding as Global Priorities
PORTLAND, ORE. - Mercy Corps strives to build a better world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias. To that end, last spring we made it a global priority to strengthen our culture, policies and procedures related to gender diversity and inclusion and sexual misconduct in any form. This proactive self-audit and improvement initiative reflects Mercy Corps' firm commitment to an inclusive and safe workplace for our team members around the world.
Syria: New Mercy Corps Report: Nearly Two-Thirds Of Syrians Have Lost Jobs From Conflict
PORTLAND, ORE. – Syrians are adapting to the conflict raging throughout their country by finding new jobs, putting young people and women to work and relying on friends and social networks to feed, clothe and shelter their families, according to a two-year survey by the global organization Mercy Corps
Syria: Medical and humanitarian organizations use Three Billboards to call on UN to stop violence in Syria
A coalition of medical and humanitarian organizations, some working inside besieged Eastern Ghouta, have urged the United Nations Security Council to vote for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow urgent humanitarian assistance to all areas in need in Syria.
Afghanistan: New Mercy Corps Research Highlights Strategies To Reduce Youth Support For Political Violence In Afghanistan
PORTLAND, ORE. – New research by the global organization Mercy Corps, in partnership with Princeton and Yale Universities, finds that youth who received vocational training and a cash transfer during an employability program in Kandahar, Afghanistan, were less likely to support armed opposition groups.
United States: Mercy Corps: Presidential Budget Request At Odds With U.S. Values
Portland, Ore. — For the second year in a row, the Administration released a U.S. government budget request that undermines national interests and is at odds with the charitable, humanitarian character of the American people. In once again cutting foreign assistance funding in the FY 2019 Budget by approximately 30 percent, the Administration suggests that it has not heard the messages of the American people and their representatives. We are deeply disappointed in this proposal.
United States: Leading Humanitarian, Development, And Global Health Organizations Again Join Forces Against Cuts To Foreign Assistance
Leading humanitarian, development, and global health organizations call upon Congress to reject the Administration’s inadequate and dangerous Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) and to instead sustain and protect the International Affairs Budget in FY 2019 at a minimum of current FY 2017 levels. Congressional leadership remains critical to ensuring strong U.S. global leadership through poverty-focused development, global health, and humanitarian programs.
South Sudan: With The Hunger Season Fast Approaching, South Sudan Needs Peace
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – With the hunger season in South Sudan expected to begin three months earlier than usual, the global organization Mercy Corps is warning that households are already running out of food, threatening starvation and even death.
Yemen: Joint Letter To Secretary Tillerson: Yemen In Crisis
February 6, 2018 The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State of the United States of America Dear Secretary Tillerson, As organizations that provide and advocate for life-saving assistance in Yemen, we write to urge your continued efforts to seek a permanent end to the Saudi-led coalition’s restrictions on humanitarian and commercial access to Yemen’s ports, particularly Hodeidah and Saleef. Furthermore, we urge you to redouble your efforts to mobilize political will and realize a political settlement to Yemen’s deadly conflict.
Mercy Corps Northwest Welcomes Lynn Renken As Interim Executive Director
Portland, Ore. – The board of directors of Mercy Corps Northwest has appointed Lynn Renken to lead the agency as interim executive director. Renken brings 20 years of experience to the role, including leadership roles for Mercy Corps in Kenya, Indonesia and most recently in Portland as Mercy Corps’ Senior Youth and Adolescent Girl Advisor.