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.
Mercy Corps Applauds Proposals for U.S. Humanitarian Funding
Washington, DC — The global organization Mercy Corps applauds the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate for the generous humanitarian funding levels in the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill and urges members of Congress to move swiftly to support these lifesaving federal budget accounts.
Mercy Corps Applauds UN Security Council Adoption of Youth, Peace and Security Resolution
Portland, Ore — The global organization Mercy Corps commends the United Nations Security Council for adopting a new resolution prioritizing youth and youth-led organizations in peacebuilding and violence prevention efforts, and thanks the government of Jordan and the 10,000 young peace builders who participated in this year’s first-ever Global Forum on Youth, Peace, and Security for leading this landmark initiative.
Mongolia: Mercy Corps-Managed Microfinance Program Yields Unprecedented Return for Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – A program that started with a small investment to support pastoral herders has grown into one of the country’s major financial institutions in less than 15 years. As a result of this unprecedented financial success -- and in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -- $10 million will be redeployed for the benefit of Mongolians in a resilience program designed and administered by Mercy Corps.
Syria: Airstrikes along Turkish Border Jeopardize Cross-Border Aid to Syria, Says Mercy Corps
Portland, Ore.— The ongoing violence in Syria, which has resulted in nearly five years of catastrophic conditions for the country’s citizens, is now severely restricting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Intensification in airstrikes against towns located between Aleppo City and the Syria-Turkey border threatens critical supply routes for humanitarian aid. Because of its large team working closely with local partners and the prepositioning of aid and supplies, Mercy Corps is able to continue providing assistance in the war-torn nation.