Mercy Corps Urges President Trump to Focus on Effective Means to Reduce Violence and Conflict

January 20, 2017

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Statement from Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer

PORTLAND, ORE. – Today, the United States begins a new chapter in its history as President Donald J. Trump takes office. The road ahead holds both promise and challenge, and Mercy Corps welcomes the opportunity to work with the new president and his administration to tackle some of the most vexing problems for U.S. and global safety and security.

We see more than 65 million people around the world forced to flee their homes because of violence, persecution and injustice. We believe that President Trump can have a transformational impact during his presidency, if he commits to resolving the underlying causes of the conflicts driving this unprecedented global displacement of innocent men, women and children. Extensive research has shown that addressing root causes of conflict is not only possible, but also cost-effective.

Mercy Corps is responding to the humanitarian fallout of conflict in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and numerous other countries. We sincerely hope President Trump will reach out to partners like Mercy Corps to design and implement solutions that can mitigate global violence and fragility, while continuing U.S. leadership and robust humanitarian responses to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

As a global organization dedicated to helping people survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities, we know that a better world is possible when we work together. We stand ready to work with President Trump and his administration to ensure U.S. foreign assistance continues to promote American leadership, standing and security at home and abroad.

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