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22 Mar 2018 description

Many Somali refugee families returning home after years in refugee camps lack basic items, like blankets and school supplies.

This past summer, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) shipped 10,120 school kits and 2,930 comforters to Somalia. They were distributed by Lutheran World Federation (LWF), an MCC partner, at five schools in Kismayo, the capital of Jubaland State.

16 Jun 2016 description

Geneva, 15 June 2016 — The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since WWII. At this year’s Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR), 34 NGOs made an urgent call on all parties to support the UN Secretary General’s goal: for States to provide resettlement spaces and additional legal channels for at least 10 per cent of the global refugee population annually. This is the kind of bold responsibility sharing needed to respond to this historic challenge, the NGOs say.

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12 Oct 2011 description

WINNIPEG, Man. – Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) response to the drought and food crisis in East Africa continues to expand.

Donations to MCC’s drought response are enabling MCC to provide life-saving food vouchers, water and other support to tens of thousands of people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

In Somalia, where food shortages are exacerbated by the on-going civil conflict, many people have fled their homes to the safety of refugee camps near the northeastern Kenyan town of Dadaab.

12 Aug 2011 description

MCC response grows for ongoing crisis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

By Gladys Terichow

Aug. 12, 2011

WINNIPEG, Man. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has surpassed its initial target of raising $1 million for the East Africa drought and is now expanding its response to the continuing crisis in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

“We are both elated and humbled by people’s willingness to entrust MCC with their contribution,” said Willie Reimer who directs MCC’s food and disaster program.

27 Jul 2011 description

MCC is asking for $1 million in contributions to support its response to the food crisis and drought in East Africa.

By Linda Espenshade

July 27, 2011

AKRON, Pa. – An immediate and extended response to the current drought and food crisis in East Africa is essential for limiting the vulnerability of millions looking for enough food to survive, said Bruce Campbell-Janz, director of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Africa Department.

22 Dec 2008 description

By Cathryn Clinton

AKRON, Pa. - Turmoil in Somalia escalated in the last year due to increased political insecurity, drought, flooding, and the rising prospect of famine.

29 Nov 2007 description

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa. - Anarchy and violence in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, are creating a humanitarian crisis, forcing thousands of people to flee their neighborhoods, according to recent news reports.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is supporting a Somali organization that provides food and water to displaced people and helps women start small businesses to support their families.

SAACID, which is named after a Somali word meaning "help," is a 17-year-old women's organization in Mogadishu.

31 Jan 2007 description

Tim Shenk

After 16 years of anarchy and civil war, Somalia has entered a critical point in its history, according to Abdullahi Shirwa, the director of Somali Peaceline, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partner organization in the country.

In mid-January, Somalia's transitional federal government ousted the Islamic Courts Union, a group that had controlled much of the country since June of 2006.

It is too early to tell whether the new government, formed in exile and dependent on troops from Ethiopia or the African Union, will bring peace and stability to the country.

16 Feb 2006 description

Tim Shenk

Rival warlords and militias have fought each other for control of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991. Machine guns are common weapons in this violence and are often available in local markets for as little as $35 Cdn., or $30 U.S.

Christy Sprinkle, an MCC worker in Mogadishu, is helping a Somali organization collect machine guns that local people turn in to be destroyed.

SAACID, an MCC partner organization, is collecting machine guns from 512 militia members in exchange for vocational training.

24 Feb 2005 description

When the tsunami hit on Dec. 26, 2004, destruction reached as far as the eastern coast of Africa. MCC is responding to help damaged fishing communities in Somalia's Adale district. The $64,623 Cdn./$51,860 U.S. project will provide food for the most vulnerable members of the community and help replace fishing equipment for some 50 families who are totally dependent on the ocean for their livelihood. This area has a high number of residents displaced from other parts of the county by ongoing violence and is also the site of an MCC Global Family project.

23 Feb 2005 description

By Tara Tharayil
WINNIPEG, Man. -- Low-German speaking Mennonites in Mexico, many of whom are Canadian citizens, have donated nearly $50,000 to tsunami relief through the Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC).

In a letter circulated through churches in Cuauhtemoc, Don Peters, the Executive Director of MCCC, expressed his thanks to the community for their contribution to MCC Canada's tsunami relief effort. "Through this donation," he wrote, "you are in partnership with MCC Canada in its response to the tragedy in Asia."

04 Feb 2005 description

AKRON, Pa. -- MCC's response to the Asia earthquake has grown to more than $15 million Cdn./$12 million U.S. for relief, trauma counseling, village reconstruction and economic development.

The total includes funds for efforts in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, as well as some $125,000 Cdn./$100,000 U.S.

21 Feb 2002 description

MOGADISHU, Somalia - AIDS is on the rise in Somalia, where more than a decade of anarchy has shattered the healthcare system along with traditional family structures. Many in this Islamic country hesitate to acknowledge the AIDS problem, since it implies that people are not living by Islam's strict moral code. A Dec. 6 to 9 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)-funded workshop in Mogadishu, the capital, helped break the silence.

25 Jan 2002 description

JUBBA VALLEY, Somalia -- Give a man a fish, the old saying goes, and he'll have food for a day; teach him to fish and he'll have food for a lifetime. But what happens when war destroys the hooks and fishing lines?

08 Jan 2001 description

As Somalia attempts to rebuild after 10 years of civil war, the international community is again considering how to help the Horn of Africa nation.

22 Sep 2000 description

This is a joint release with Eastern Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Central Committee