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Right now, close to 12,000 refugees are crowded at Greece’s border with Macedonia, waiting and hoping to be allowed safe passage as they flee towards the safety and promise of northern Europe.
Recently, the route north through the Balkans was officially closed — and now, refugees who flee across the sea risk being sent back as soon as they arrive. And so families already trapped in Greece wait, with children strapped to their backs and carrying few belongings, for a second chance at a more peaceful future.
As the worst drought in a generation ravages East Africa, a new agency assessment urges a strategy that goes well beyond immediate food and water assistance.
The assessment, conducted in mid-February in eastern Kenya and southern Somalia, recommends addressing the longer term causes of chronic food insecurity in addition to responding to the most basic needs.
"We can and should change the conditions that make these droughts and famines so cyclical," said Matthew Lovick, a Nairobi-based aid manager for Mercy Corps and co-author of the assessment. "That means improving …
Shipment will ease food shortages for more than 157,000 people in East Africa
Mercy Corps is working in communities around the world to provide help and hope to vulnerable children. We thought we would take a moment to update you on some of our child survival programs and provide you with a way to support these efforts.
Less than a week after Mercy Corps lost a beloved colleague, Raz Mohammad, in an attack by gunmen in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, tragedy has struck a second time.
By Josh DeWald
Agency delivers food rations, water to 150,000 people in vulnerable communities
In five regions of northern Eritrea, Mercy Corps has begun to distribute critical food commodities to 150,000 drought-affected people.
Programs around the world tackle hunger
School feeding program reaches children in remote areas in Eritrea
Eritreans are struggling to survive during a catastrophic drought
In response to the catastrophic hunger crisis in Africa, the executives of the American humanitarian organizations engaged in food aid and the Executive Director of the United Nations' World Food Program have come together to act. Today, we launch a global campaign to assist more than 34 million people who face the very real risk of death by starvation. This crisis is compounded by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which is devastating the productive populations of many African countries.
More than 34 million at risk of starvation in Africa
A Focus on Community Participation
by Zeineb Osman & Ezra Simon
Eritrea, located in the Horn of Africa, gained its independence in 1991. Years of war left Eritrea without even the most basic educational resources.
The majority of school children sit on stones in makeshift or tree-shade shelter classrooms, uncomfortably writing on bits of paper on their laps. Many students have to walk up to two hours through mountainous terrain to reach the school in a neighboring village. Against these odds, children and their families are striving to gain knowledge.
Northwest grain exporters are loading 17,300 metric tonnes of wheat this week bound for the drought-stricken nation of Eritrea. The wheat will be used by Portland-based humanitarian aid agency Mercy Corps to feed school children in the East African nation.
Mercy Corps's school feeding program in Eritrea is helping students return to the classroom
ASMARA, Eritrea - Mercy Corps took delivery this week of 62.25 metric tons of high-energy biscuits produced under a partnership with AGECA Company. The biscuits represent the first installment of a total of 1,500 metric tons of biscuits to be produced between now and April 30, 2003. Approximately 55,000 children in elementary schools throughout the country will receive high-energy biscuits every school day through the end of the school year as a result.
Mercy Corps program feeds schoolchildren across Eritrea
Funds used for education, development programs in Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea and Lebanon
US Department of Agriculture-Funded Education Improvement Project