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Preventing cholera is our absolute number-one priority. In some areas right now there are over 200 people for every one latrine, and 700 people sharing a single hand-washing station. The combination of poor sanitation like this and a shortage of clean water makes water-borne disease a very real threat.

We have the chance to make a real difference here and prevent a very serious situation from becoming worse. We’re throwing everything we have at it.

Mark Dwyer, our Democratic Republic of Congo Country Director. Mercy Corps is working around the clock to provide aid and prevent a cholera outbreak among thousands of people who have fled their homes to escape the recent conflict.

Thousands of innocent people, including women and children, are in danger of being caught in the crossfire in the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas. We are urgently appealing to all sides, as well as to world leaders, to seek a political resolution and avoid the loss of any more human lives. If global leaders do not intervene, Gaza stands on the brink of yet another humanitarian crisis.

Aleksandar Milutinovic, Mercy Corps Country Director, West Bank/Gaza. Read the full statement issued by 38 aid agencies.

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.

Our South Sudan Country Director Mathieu Rouquette met these two little girls in the market in Bentiu, Unity State, when they peeked their heads into a camera shop that recently received a Mercy Corps business grant.
"They were pretty amazed looking at the pictures coming out the printer," he said. "I asked my colleague Matthew to see if they wanted their own photo. They were so sweet, they smiled timidly, looking down. I had not realized that one of them was hearing impaired." But photos communicate beyond words. After a taking a few pictures and hooking the camera up to the printer, "Two copies of the picture came out. Their faces lit up, right before they stormed out of the little shop constructed of sheet metal."
These simple moments of hope and happiness can be rare in South Sudan, where ongoing conflict with Sudan has made violence, hunger and displacement a daily reality for hundreds of thousands of people.
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Our South Sudan Country Director Mathieu Rouquette met these two little girls in the market in Bentiu, Unity State, when they peeked their heads into a camera shop that recently received a Mercy Corps business grant.

"They were pretty amazed looking at the pictures coming out the printer," he said. "I asked my colleague Matthew to see if they wanted their own photo. They were so sweet, they smiled timidly, looking down. I had not realized that one of them was hearing impaired." But photos communicate beyond words. After a taking a few pictures and hooking the camera up to the printer, "Two copies of the picture came out. Their faces lit up, right before they stormed out of the little shop constructed of sheet metal."

These simple moments of hope and happiness can be rare in South Sudan, where ongoing conflict with Sudan has made violence, hunger and displacement a daily reality for hundreds of thousands of people.

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As many as 14,000 children are fighting in Colombia’s armed conflict. Each year, hundreds are rescued or escape — but it’s too risky to return home. We’re helping them start over.

Learn more about how we’re helping reclaim Colombia’s children of war.

Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places.