We are hoping, we are praying, to put an end to this violence, because we’ve had enough. One day is equal to 10 years of fear and worry. For me, there is no coping mechanism. This war kills children. We are praying that this truce will be a truce, because we cannot bear it anymore.
Isdud Al Najjar, Mercy Corps Gaza Program Manager. The 36-year-old mother of three has spent the last week hunkered down in her Gaza City home. Read the full interview.
Ambassador Stevens’ death was a tragedy that we should condemn in the harshest terms. Violent protests should not be tolerated. But we can’t let the actions of a few blind us to the needs and the aspirations of the many striving for peaceful change. Families across the Middle East want the same things for their children as we do: a safe community, a good education, and the promise of a better future. These are ideals worthy of our unwavering support.
Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer. Read his full statement here.
Photo of the Day: Our founder Dan O’Neill sits aboard a knocked-out Syrian tank during a tour of Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Dan writes about how his experience living in the Middle East influenced his vision for Mercy Corps, which he would go on to start in 1981:

"I determined that we would engage the Middle East to educate the American public, assist survivors of conflict and promote dialogue and peace-building."

Read more.
(Photo by George Otis Jr. for Mercy Corps)

Photo of the Day: Our founder Dan O’Neill sits aboard a knocked-out Syrian tank during a tour of Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Dan writes about how his experience living in the Middle East influenced his vision for Mercy Corps, which he would go on to start in 1981:

"I determined that we would engage the Middle East to educate the American public, assist survivors of conflict and promote dialogue and peace-building."

Read more.

(Photo by George Otis Jr. for Mercy Corps)