Two years into Syria’s violent conflict, more than one million refugees have fled their country — and the numbers continue to swell, straining already limited resources. Find out how Mercy Corps is helping refugees and host community members in Jordan and Lebanon meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.
Our team in northern #Mali warns that families will run out of food unless access to the embattled region improves. Since military operations began in January, most vendors like this man have fled the area to protect their stocks from looting. Markets are almost completely shut down and food supplies are rapidly running out. Read more.
Our team in Yemen prepares to distribute essential household items to 8,000 families who have been displaced since violent uprisings began almost two years ago.
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Mercy Corps is ramping up efforts to get more water to families who continue fleeing the volatile situation in Goma. Teams are focused on maintaining sanitation and increasing the water capacity at Mugunga 3 camp, where the population has ballooned from 60,000 to nearly 100,000 people.
Photo: Reuters/James Akena, courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation - AlertNet
The recent battle for Goma between Congolese forces and M23 rebels forced a large concentration of internally displaced people to flee west of the city. It also severed the city’s electricity supply, idling the machinery that pumps water to most of the city’s population.
Mercy Corps is supplying the camps with additional generator fuel, chlorine to purify the water, and supplies to build additional latrines and hand-washing stations. In the photo above, Mercy Corps’ Senior Tech Advisor Albert Reichert is working to get clean water into a displacement camp.
My family tries to be strong, but I can see the fear through their eyes. I have one little brother who is seven years old. He used to be a very active boy, but now he prefers to stay beside my mom and all his drawings are about the violence and about children being hurt. He has lost his appetite for food and play. We try to help him not be afraid, we always read him stories and play with him so he can forget what is going on outside.
Maissa Abdul-halim Abu Samra, a member of our youth leadership program in Gaza. As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are sharing how the conflict is affecting their lives.
As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are writing about how the conflict is affecting their lives.
Gaza is one of seven places around the world where we’re working to build an international network of young leaders who think globally and act locally. They’re learning about social issues, global needs and alternative dispute resolution, exchanging ideas across borders and inspiring their peers to take action on critical humanitarian issues.
Our own Cassandra Nelson has spent the past week working in the Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan, about six miles from the Syrian border. The camp was opened less than a month ago to receive Syrians fleeing the violence in their country.
Over 20,000 Syrian refugees have moved into Za’atari camp already, and the pace of new arrivals to the camp has more than doubled, with more than 14,000 arriving in the past week alone. Read more.
Photo by Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps staff in South Sudan sent this update from the local market in Bentiu that was damaged in recent aerial attacks, part of the ongoing conflict with Sudan to the north. Our work supporting livelihoods in this border town was temporarily suspended, but teams have returned and residents here are ready to rebuild.
Read more from our South Sudan country director.
Since last year, AidData has been working with the Robert S. Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program at the University of Texas on a new mapping tool that is now available online (http://ccaps.aiddata.org). The goal of the project is to shed light on the links between three major forces that play a role in shaping development in a number of countries in Africa: climate change, conflict, and development assistance. Parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Somalia, and South Sudan, for example, are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. CCAPS researchers are investigating the interplay of climate-related hazards and incidents of violent conflict, and the way conflict dynamics are changing over time and space.