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10 Sep 2012 description

By David Tereshchuk*

The world’s media have made the Republic of Yemen, on the Arabian Pensinsula’s tip, facing the Horn of Africa across the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, all too well-known as a country of turbulence.

Long-standing separatist insurrections, and in recent years activity by an Al Qaeda affiliate have combined to created a climate of perilous insecurity for this nation of 24 million.

But adding to its challenges has been a huge extra influx of population.

29 Nov 2011 description


The distribution of 200 UMCOR-funded heaters came like a “miracle” to earthquake survivors in the villages of Ermisler, Akcift, and 17 remote settlements outside the city of Van in Turkey, according to UMCOR’s implementing partner there, International Blue Crescent (IBC).

Families who received the heaters had lost all their belongings, including livestock and harvests, when earthquakes rocked the region on October 23 and November 9. Most are living in makeshift barracks, tents, or prefabricated compounds near their destroyed or damaged homes.

02 Nov 2011 description



The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is providing immediate relief to the survivors of the October 23 earthquake in eastern Turkey and helping to lay a foundation for longer-term recovery.

UMCOR partner International Blue Crescent will distribute blankets, medicines, food relief packets, tarpaulins, and other much-needed items among survivors of the 7.2-magnitude quake that so far has taken the lives of 523 people, with hundreds more still trapped beneath the rubble.

25 Oct 2011 description



Since a catastrophic 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, October 23, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been in conversation with partner International Blue Crescent (IBC), seeking to get emergency supplies to survivors.

At least 270 people were known to have died in the earthquake, whose epicenter was in the town of Ercis. Some 1,300 people were injured in the quake and the 200 aftershocks that rattled the area through Sunday night. Many people remain missing.

03 Aug 2011 description

United Methodist Missionary Paul Jeffrey recently returned from the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, where he had traveled for ACT Alliance, as a member of the ACT Alliance Rapid Support Team, and for UMCOR. Read his observations on the severe drought that daily brings 1,300 refugees and displaced people to the camps.

17 Oct 2009 description

A UMNS Report

By Linda Bloom*

United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton keeps a $10 bill in his pocket so he can demonstrate how little money it takes to protect an African household from malaria.

But the roving ambassador for the denomination's involvement in the Nothing But Nets project, a joint effort with the United Nations Foundations and other groups, has a much larger goal than the millions of bed nets that have been sent to Africa.

Bickerton, who is chairperson of the Global Health Initiative for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, seeks nothing less than the …

28 Mar 2006 description


A severe drought in southern Ethiopia is robbing the people of their lives, livelihoods, and their future. The cattle are dying. For the Borana people cattle are the center of their lives. They provide food, income, and a dowry.

25 Apr 2003 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 25 Apr 2003

18 Apr 2003 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 18 Apr 2003

11 Apr 2003 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 11 Apr 2003

28 Mar 2003 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 28 Mar 2003

20 Dec 2002 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 20 Dec 2002

06 Dec 2002 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 6 Dec 2002

02 Dec 2002 description

Ethiopia is facing another food crisis. UMCOR is responding to this crisis with its partner Action by Churches Together (ACT) International. ACT is part of the Joint Relief Partnership (JRP) that is tackle the growing humanitarian emergency in Ethiopia. Conservative estimates put the number of people affected by the food crisis at about 6.2 million people. The number of people needing food aid is expected to rise sharply from the current six million to between 10 to 14 million people in 2003.

27 Nov 2002 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 27 Nov 2002

22 Nov 2002 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 22 Nov 2002

10 Aug 2001 description

UMCOR has received a request from the Shepherd Society in Bethlehem to provide assistance to Palestinians who are suffering severe economic hardship because of the ongoing violence and the closures. Funds will be used to provide food, medicine, utility subsidies, children's school tuition, and trauma counseling. Please support these efforts by giving to UMCOR's Middle East Emergency, Advance #601740-2, and please pray for peace and wisdom in the midst of the escalating violence.