South Sudan: Four Years Of War In South Sudan Leaves Seven Million In Need
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – On the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict in South Sudan, Mercy Corps is calling for an immediate cease-fire, which the global organization says is urgently needed to save lives in the country. In four short years, four million civilians out of a population of 12 million have been forced to flee their homes, with 2.1 million made refugees in other countries in what is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps: Improving Access To Agricultural Inputs And Financial Services Can Boost Early Recovery In Northeast Nigeria
ABUJA, NIGERIA – A lack of access to both capital and basic agricultural supplies has created a major barrier to economic recovery in Northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, but humanitarian and development organizations can help residents develop alternatives to boost farming and incomes in the region, a new Mercy Corps-led assessment shows.
Mercy Corps Receives Mother Teresa Award
PORTLAND, ORE. – The global organization Mercy Corps is honored to receive the 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice from the Harmony Foundation. The organization bestows the award annually to honor groups or individuals for their humanitarian efforts. Now in its 13th year, previous recipients of the prestigious award include Nobel laureates Malala Yousafzai and His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama; current Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo; and the aid group Doctors Without Borders.
Yemen: Mercy Corps Calls For Cease-Fire In Yemen To End Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis
SANAA, YEMEN – Civilians are facing dire conditions in Sanaa as fighting there continues to escalate, movement is restricted and access to necessities and services eliminated. In light of these life-threatening conditions, the global organization Mercy Corps calls on parties to the conflict to bring an immediate end to violence and suffering and to prioritize humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen.
Syria: Mercy Corps Urges An End To Violence, Siege In Syria’s Eastern Ghouta
AMMAN, JORDAN – The global organization Mercy Corps urges an end to the violence that has once again broken out in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. More than 200 civilians have been killed in the past three weeks. “Despite the establishment of a de-escalation area in Eastern Ghouta, we have not observed any reductions in violence, and in some areas have seen increases. Innocent civilians are suffering and dying,” says Arnaud Quemin, Mercy Corps Country Director for Syria. “We need an end to the violence and an end to the siege.”
Mercy Corps: UN’s Global Compact On Refugees Must Address Needs Of Young People
London, UK – The global organization Mercy Corps urges the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to consider the needs of young refugees as it develops its Global Compact on Refugees. Expected in 2018, the compact seeks to improve the international community’s response to large movements of refugees and to protracted refugee situations around the world.
Central African Republic: Joint Statement: Human Rights & Aid Groups Welcome UN Peacekeeper Boost For CAR
NEW YORK, NY - Today's unanimous decision by the UN Security Council to add a further 900 peacekeepers to the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) was welcomed by a group of 16 non-governmental organisations including Aegis Trust, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Mercy Corps, and Invisible Children. The situation in the country has been worsening in recent months, with fighting between rival militias forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes, and rendering 2.4m in need of humanitarian assistance.
United States: Mercy Corps Recognizes U.S. Senators Merkley And Young With Humanitarian Hero Award
WASHINGTON, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps has recognized Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees, and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with its highest honor, the Humanitarian Hero Award.
Yemen: Statement By The Humanitarian Community In Yemen On The Complete Closure Of Yemen’s Borders
The humanitarian community in Yemen is greatly alarmed at the decision by the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) to closure all of Yemeni airports, seaports and land crossings which is preventing critical humanitarian aid deliveries and commercial supplies from reaching the country and the movement of aid workers in and out of Yemen. The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death.
Somalia: Mercy Corps: Weak Rains And Twice As Many People On Brink Of Famine Spell Danger For Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia –The global organization Mercy Corps warns that two years of disrupted weather patterns in Somalia is straining food and water resources as forecasts indicate that rains expected now will be inadequate for the fourth rainy season. With the country still reeling from its worst-ever terrorist attack, drought has become another deadly threat: almost 100,000 children are at risk of death and some 800,000 people are on the brink of famine. Mercy Corps calls for urgent humanitarian assistance to prevent another human catastrophe.