Testimony of Michael Bowers to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Michael Bowers, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response at Mercy Corps, provided a statement to the United States Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Iraq, Syria and the fight against ISIS on September 16, 2015. Read Full Testimony ▸
Lebanon, Syria: Even in World’s Worst Refugee Crisis, Communities Can Build Back Stronger
Beirut, Lebanon — People usually think of resilience in the context of natural disasters—how families cope with the aftermath of an earthquake or how communities adapt to increasing cycles of drought. But the next generation of resilience thinking is about adapting and applying the lessons from recurring disasters to conflict-related crises.
Syria: Europe Must Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Refugees
Amman, Jordan — The global organization Mercy Corps is urging UK Prime Minister David Cameron – and all world leaders – to respond more comprehensively to the growing humanitarian emergency in Europe and the larger crisis in the Middle East. The appeal – which came during a visit by Cameron to a flagship Mercy Corps program in Jordan’s Zaatari village – is part of a broader call by Mercy Corps for world leaders to push for peace in the troubled region.
Ukraine: Overlooked Humanitarian Crisis Taints Ukraine Independence Day
Kyiv, Ukraine. - Mercy Corps is one of the very few organizations working to bring humanitarian relief to civilians on the front lines of the conflict in Luhansk Oblast in the east of Ukraine, where violence is fueling a continuing humanitarian crisis. Since conflict erupted last year, 1.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, and 5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Syria: Mercy Corps: Engaging Syrian Youth is Crucial to Stability of Region
Portland, Ore. — Syrian teenagers are depressed, hopeless and vulnerable to dangerous influences, according to a new report by the global organization Mercy Corps evaluating the ramifications of Syria's ongoing civil war on the country's adolescent population. Findings show that teens are deeply affected by the lack of safety, disruption to education and economic instability. Extreme isolation and lack of support by parents compound the issues.
Invest in Non-Military Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism
Washington, DC — A coalition of U.S. civil society organizations, led by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, is calling on the Obama administration to address the drivers of community grievances before violent extremism takes root, rather than relying primarily on militarized counter-terrorism responses.
A U.S. Humanitarian, Development and Peacebuilding Statement on the U.S. Global Countering Violent Extremism Agenda
Mercy Corps and 40 colleague agencies express concern that the Obama administration’s new nine-point Action Agenda to counter violent extremism will repeat the same mistakes as post-9/11 stabilization initiatives, mainly prioritizing military funding over investments in solutions addressing the root causes of instability. The coalition urges the administration to modify the strategy ahead of September’s global summit on countering violent extremism. Download and read the full statement (PDF) >
Uganda: Diversified Resilience Approach Key to Overcoming Cycles of Crisis
Washington, DC— As world leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week to discuss how to better meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a new report by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps highlights the possible drawbacks of working through markets to combat poverty.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps: Conflict Between Nigerian Rural Communities Takes Enormous Economic Toll
Washington, DC - The growth of Africa's largest economy is being stymied by decades-long disputes between farmers and pastoralists in Nigeria's ethnically and religiously diverse Middle Belt region, according to new research by the global organization Mercy Corps. Nigeria would stand to gain up to US$13.7 billion annually in total macroeconomic progress if peace were maintained in four Middle Belt states alone. Skirmishes between Nigeria's farmers and herders typically arise from disputes over the use of resources such as farmland, grazing areas and water.
Syria: Mercy Corps: Escalated Fighting in Syria Threatens Critical Humanitarian Supply Routes and Causes New Waves of Displacement
Gaziantep, Turkey — A major escalation in fighting among all parties to the Syrian conflict is threatening critical supply routes for humanitarian aid in areas between the Turkish border and Aleppo City and forcing thousands of vulnerable civilians trapped between the front lines to flee their homes, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps.