Syria: Syrian Teenagers Motivated to Build a Better Future
PORTLAND, ORE. – As Syria enters a sixth year of devastating conflict, a generation of youth is reaching adulthood having spent their formative years in limbo, according to the global organization Mercy Corps. Nearly one in four of the 2.4 million Syrian refugees under the age of 18 is a teenager, and the multi-billion-dollar aid effort has largely overlooked this demographic.
Syria: National Press Club Newsmaker: “Can We Still Save Lives in Syria?”
Full audio from the event can be found here. Washington, DC: Thank you, Tommy. Thank you all for coming today, and thank you to the National Press Club Newsmaker committee for hosting this important conversation.
Syria: Mercy Corps on Syria: Humanitarian Aid for All, Now
PORTLAND, ORE. – We are gravely concerned and disappointed that the partial cessation of hostilities in Syria – which was to commence yesterday – has been delayed, again. Instead, violence on all sides of the Syrian conflict has significantly escalated, threatening innocent civilians and jeopardizing the humanitarian operations assisting them. Over the past five years, in Syria we have too often witnessed humanitarian deliveries delayed or denied because of the routes aid agencies take, which organization is able to deliver them, or under whose control those in need are living.
Syria: Mercy Corps on Syria Cease-fire: Why Wait One Week?
Portland, Oregon – We are encouraged by the apparent breakthrough in negotiations on Syria and hopeful that it will pave the way to a permanent cease-fire and, eventually, a lasting peace. A cessation of hostilities by all parties to the conflict will allow for humanitarian access to the millions of innocent Syrian civilians trying to survive a seemingly endless war.
Mercy Corps Urges Passage of Legislation to Advance Global Food Security
Washington, DC — The global organization Mercy Corps urges U.S. lawmakers to pass the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) (HR 1567/S 1252), which will create a comprehensive strategy to address hunger and promote lasting food security around the world. With 795 million people going to bed hungry every night, it is vital that Congress support efforts to help vulnerable families grow and obtain nutritious food that will help them become stronger and more resilient.
Syria: Syria’s Aleppo City on the Verge of Siege
Portland, Ore.— Intensified fighting and air strikes in and around Aleppo City in Syria have cut off the main – and most direct – humanitarian route into that city, according to the global organization Mercy Corps. Since yesterday (Wednesday), the organization’s operations in northern Syria have effectively been sliced in half. “We are cut off from Aleppo City,” says David Evans, Mercy Corps’ regional program director for the Middle East. “It feels like a siege of Aleppo is about to begin.”
Mercy Corps Pilots Refugee Cash Assistance Program in Serbia
Presevo, Serbia – The global organization Mercy Corps has launched a new pilot program to distribute MasterCard prepaid debit cards to an estimated 5,600 eligible refugees traveling through Serbia, in partnership with the Serbian Ministry of Labor. Families will receive cards of 210 Euros, and individuals will receive cards of 70 Euros, which can be used to purchase what they need most. It is the first such program in the region to use an international payment mechanism to help the tens of thousands of refugees and migrants seeking haven in Europe.
Syria: Continued Humanitarian Access Needed in Madaya, Syria
Portland, Ore. — The global organization Mercy Corps urges all parties to the conflict in Syria to allow humanitarian organizations rapid, safe and unfettered access to the towns of Madaya and Bukain through the most direct routes in order to reach thousands of innocent civilians at risk of starvation. According to the United Nations, some 42,000 people have been trapped in Madaya since July 2015 without access to food, medical supplies or fuel for heat. There are credible reports of severe cases of malnutrition and deaths due to starvation.
Iraq: Support for Extremist Groups Linked to Governance Failures After Iraq War
Washington, DC — Perceptions of a lack of inclusivity in governance in Iraq has fueled support for extremist groups, according to new research from the global organization Mercy Corps. The report, “Investing In Iraq’s Peace,” is based on a public opinion survey of 5,000 people across Iraq, repeated over three years from 2013 to 2015, coupled with interviews of Iraqi citizens including civic leaders, youth, government officials and activists. The survey found that, contrary to popular assumptions, tensions between Iraq’s different sects have been overplayed as the main cause of conflict.
Syria: Unhindered Humanitarian Access in Syria is Critical to Peace Process
Washington, DC – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps applauds Friday’s passage of United Nations Security Council resolution 2254 that supports international efforts to seek a political solution to end the war in Syria within the next 18 months. We hope this Security Council measure will be a first step toward ending a humanitarian catastrophe affecting more than 12 million innocent men, women and children.