Mercy Corps Applauds U.S. House Passage of Global Food Security Act
Washington, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps applauds the passage of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA)(HR 1567/S1252) by the U.S. House of Representatives and calls on the Senate to swiftly support this effort to promote global food security. With 795 million men, women and children facing hunger around the world, it is critical that lawmakers work to expand families’ access to nutritious food and increase their food security.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps: Inequality and Grievances Central to Boko Haram’s Recruitment of Youth
PORTLAND, ORE. – Frustrations with weak governance created some level of community acceptance of Boko Haram, allowing the group to infiltrate villages in northeast Nigeria and recruit youth, according to the global organization Mercy Corps. A new report investigates motives for youth to join Boko Haram, based on interviews with dozens of former members through research funded by the Ford Foundation.
Yemen: Mercy Corps: Yemen's Children Starved by War
Sana’a, Yemen – Almost a year into the country’s civil war, one in four Yemeni children is malnourished and food insecurity is on the rise, according to information gathered by the global organization Mercy Corps. As the conflict drives price increases for essential food items, even more children are likely to become hungry in the months ahead.
Mongolia: Mercy Corps Helps Mongolians Survive “Dzud” Weather Crisis
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – With heavy snows and temperatures in some parts of the country reaching as low as minus 67 Fahrenheit (minus 55 Celsius), the global organization Mercy Corps' is supporting Mongolians who are enduring extreme winter conditions – known locally as “dzud”.
Syria: Sesame Street’s Elmo Visits Syrian Children at Mercy Corps’ Dream Land in Za’atari Refugee Camp
Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan – The muppet Elmo and characters from Hikayat Simsim, the locally produced Jordanian version of the children’s television program “Sesame Street,” entertained some 500 children today with an educational program at Mercy Corps' Dream Land, a child-friendly space in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
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.