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.
Mercy Corps and Mission Resolve Foundation Deliver Water Treatment Plant for the Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian
FREEPORT, Bahamas — Following Hurricane Dorian’s Category 5 destruction in the Bahamas, the global organization Mercy Corps and Mission Resolve Foundation have joined forces to bring clean drinking water to residents and several medical facilities on Grand Bahama island through the installation of a water treatment plant.
Mercy Corps Delivers Commitments to Help Fragile States Tackle the Global Climate Emergency as UN Convenes Climate Action Summit
WASHINGTON, DC — As UN Secretary-General António Guterres convenes the UN Climate Action Summit to accelerate action in the face of a global climate emergency, the global organization Mercy Corps is answering his call for governments, the private sector and civil society to make firm commitments to tackle climate change.
South Sudan: Joint Letter: Support for Local Peacebuilding is Critical for the Future of South Sudan
This International Day of Peace, 21st September 2019, we – the undersigned national and international civil society organisations - want to highlight the critical role of local peacebuilding in ensuring sustainable peace in South Sudan.
Previously Unreleased R.E.M. Song to Raise Funds for Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Relief Efforts in the Bahamas
Portland, Ore. (September 12, 2019) – Iconic alternative rock band R.E.M. has shared previously unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit global organization Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Band members Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe recorded “Fascinating” in 2004 at Nassau’s Compass Point Studios. It is now available for download for the first time via: http://remhq.bandcamp.com.
Kenya: Kenya Gig Economy Can Offer Solutions To Youth Unemployment
NAIROBI, Kenya — New research from the global organization Mercy Corps demonstrates the potential of the Kenyan online gig economy to meet growing youth unemployment in the country. Kenya is experiencing a 'youth bulge' with approximately 20% of its population between the ages of 15 and 24 — above the world's average of 15.8% and Africa's average of 19.2%. Furthermore, 15-34 year-olds account for 84% of those unemployed in Kenya.
Two Years On: Rohingya Deserve Justice, A Place at the Table
Two years after mass atrocities in Myanmar forced more than 740,000 people to flee for their lives, the Government and the people of Bangladesh continue to generously host nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees. While UN agencies and over 130 local, national, and international NGOs have supported the Government of Bangladesh to provide life-sustaining assistance, refugees require much more than basic support for survival; they need their rights, security and dignity. Many long to return but fear further violence and persecution back home.
United States: Mercy Corps Urges Congress to Pass the Bipartisan Safe from the Start Act
Last week a bipartisan group of leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives took bold action to enhance the U.S. government’s efforts to prevent and address gender-based violence during humanitarian crises by introducing the Safe from the Start Act (H.R. 4092). This legislation was introduced by Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA). Mercy Corps calls on Congress to swiftly pass this vital legislation.
Nepal: Mercy Corps Responds to Monsoon Flooding in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal — The global organization Mercy Corps is responding in Nepal to monsoon rains that have triggered life-threatening flash floods, affecting millions across South Asia. In Nepal, 75,000 people are displaced and more than 18,000 homes are either partially damaged or fully destroyed.