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14 May 2013 description

By David Tereshchuk *

May 14, 2013—As Somalia struggles to meet the daunting task of recovering from decades of raging civil strife and no effective government—not to mention the recurring blows of drought and famine—few challenges are greater than that of education.

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.

05 Dec 2011 description

By Muzaffer Baca*

Mogadishu, December 6, 2011—Eight-year-old Naima is one of many small children in Korson Camp, near the Somali capital, who undertake adult tasks to help their internally displaced families.

I met Naima on a recent trip I made to Korson Camp, where thousands of Somali families have sought refuge and relief from historic drought, hunger, and political violence. The drought is the worst in 60 years in this region and is affecting the entire Horn of Africa.

04 Dec 2011 description

By Muzaffer Baca*

Mogadishu, December 5, 2011—Somali families living in camps for the internally displaced (IDP) in Mogadishu and elsewhere include, on average, seven children. All of these children lack education, food, and adequate shelter, and tens of thousands carry adult responsibilities on their small shoulders.

Foreign relief workers who visit Somali IDP camps encounter children who bridge the language gap by putting fingers to their throats to show they are hungry and to ask for food for themselves and their families.

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.

11 Oct 2011 description



As the Horn of Africa faces its worst drought in more than 60 years, fully 70 percent of children under five years old who are living in camps for the internally displaced near Mogadishu, Somalia, are severely malnourished.

In Somalia, the effects of the drought and the ability of aid agencies to reach those in need are further complicated by lawlessness and a violent rebellion.

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.

05 Jan 2006 description

A year after the earthquake and the resulting tsunami washed ashore in Banda Aceh, UMCOR Indonesia, along with hundreds of other Non-Governmental Organizations, is hard at work restoring lives and repairing the damage caused by this disaster.

30 Jun 2005 description

Fishing gear in Somalia, school buildings in Thailand, and home repairs in India are three examples of aid United Methodists are providing in tsunami-damaged areas -- but often unnoticed by international media.

This work is being done by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in collaboration with ecumenical partners that are able to deliver long-term relief and rehabilitation services.

Fisher Folk Back to Work in Somalia

Somalia, on the east coast of Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world, was struck at a time when it was coping with the aftermath of 14 years …

10 May 2005 description

Georgia: UMCOR Provides Flood Relief

In the Republic of Georgia "April Showers" turned into April floods this year. For nearly a week, daily torrential rains accumulated, causing landslides and the worst flooding in recent history. The resulting destruction includes downed electric lines and contaminated water systems. UMCOR's NGO field office unit helped to assess the damage in four districts of western Georgia and build plans for disaster response and recovery. Your gift can make a difference to vulnerable families in the flood zones.

10 May 2005 description

The ornate handle shaped like an elephant's trunk stood out among the debris scattered around Banda Aceh. It looked like it broke off a pottery vase or pitcher. In comparison to the other items in the rubble, a visitor could tell that this once belonged to something special. The handle caught the eye of an UMCOR official visiting Indonesia in April. She reflected on how this piece of pottery echoes what the tsunami did in many areas: it took something beautiful and cherished, and left brokenness. Now, thanks to your prayers and support, that brokenness is slowly mending.

13 Apr 2005 description

by Linda Beher

STAMFORD, CONN., April 12, 2005: United Methodists contributed $32.4 million to their denomination's emergency fund that is providing relief and rehabilitation in the wake of devastating South Asia tsunamis late last year.

The tally is as of the end of March, Roland Fernandes, general treasurer of the General Board of Global Ministries, told directors of the agency, meeting here.

08 Feb 2005 description

Tsunami: Aid to Somalia and Thailand Adds to Long-term Plans for South Asia

06 Apr 2000 description

According to the World Food Program, more than 15 million people in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania are facing a humanitarian crisis of serious proportions. The most seriously affected populations are agro-pastoralists in southern and eastern Ethiopia, Somalia and northern Kenya.

22 Mar 1999 description

Full text of the UMCOR News Release
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, Office of Public Relations, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 350, New York, NY 10115.