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14 Dec 2017 description
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Global organization Mercy Corps calls for urgent cease-fire

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – On the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict in South Sudan, Mercy Corps is calling for an immediate cease-fire, which the global organization says is urgently needed to save lives in the country.

In four short years, four million civilians out of a population of 12 million have been forced to flee their homes, with 2.1 million made refugees in other countries in what is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis.

06 Dec 2017 description
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For nearly a year, relentless conflict and natural disaster have put more than 20 million people in four countries across Africa and the Middle East at risk of starvation. For just as long, Mercy Corps has been dedicated to helping people in the hardest-hit communities survive, meet their emergency needs and build a foundation for eventual recovery.

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12 Oct 2017 description
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“We thought the world had forgotten about us” is one of the most common refrains that Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps’ country director for South Sudan, hears when she arrives in a new village.

While South Sudan is no longer technically experiencing famine, the reality on the ground remains dire. An estimated 6 million people — more than half the population — are at risk, and 1.7 million people require immediate assistance.

10 Jul 2017 description
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By Amy Fairbairn, Media and Communications Manager

I’m on a dusty road just outside our Mercy Corps offices in Nyal, South Sudan. It’s hot, and my pale skin is burning under the midday sun. As I look around, I repeat the following sentence over and over to myself: “We believe in the power of possibility.” But I’m finding it hard to keep that focus.

09 Jun 2017 description
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The refugee crisis is a human crisis: Behind the statistics are people filled with unique life experiences and dreams for the future. They are mothers longing to return home, fathers yearning to work again, children searching for a childhood.

We are witnessing a massive shift of humanity unlike any seen before. More than 65 million people around the world—roughly the population of France—are displaced from their homes. More than 11 million of them are from just five places: Syria, Afghanistan, the Lake Chad basin, South Sudan, and Somalia.

15 May 2017 description
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Editor's note: This article was originally published February 3, 2017; it was updated May 15, 2017 to reflect the latest information.

Every day, a staggering number of South Sudanese refugees arrive at Uganda’s northern border in search of safety. Over the past months, their numbers have dramatically increased, with an average of 2,100 daily arrivals. Uganda now hosts almost **900,000 refugees** from South Sudan.

02 May 2017 description
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Once full of thriving communities with active markets, the county of Koch in South Sudan has become battered by conflict and displacement.

Since 2013, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and livelihoods in search of safety in surrounding areas, including into the swamplands. For those who stayed — or for the few who have returned — all that is left are burned shelters, looted crops and cattle, and roads, markets and schools destroyed by war.

22 Apr 2017 description
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Children hunting rodents for food. Mothers boiling coconut skins to eat. Life in famine is a life of desperation.

More than 20 million people face starvation across the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. But nowhere is the situation more dire than South Sudan, where the world’s only official famine has taken root.

This emergency is a grave humanitarian crisis — but it also threatens to get worse. Without humanitarian access, an additional 1 million people will be on the brink of starvation in the next three months.

17 Apr 2017 description
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The road to starvation can be long and agonizing. But for Hauwa, it happened in an instant.

One afternoon last February, Hauwa and her five children were home on their farm in Nigeria when the distant rumble of motorcycles broke through the peace of their village. Boko Haram had come. The village scattered: Hauwa dropped everything, grabbed her kids, untied the family cow and sprinted into the wilderness. In a single moment, the life they knew was over.

28 Mar 2017 description
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WASHINGTON, DC – Adoption of President Trump’s proposed cuts to the FY2017 and FY2018 budgets could lead to tragedy and crisis for millions of vulnerable people across the Horn of Africa and beyond, the global organization Mercy Corps testifies today at a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on “East Africa’s Quiet Famine.”

09 Mar 2017 description
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Introduction and Context

As part of the BBR (Beyond Bentiu Response) Mercy Corps established a light base camp in Nhialdiu town. This was to ensure agencies static presence to ensure quality in programs as well as support partners who were offering humanitarian services to IDPs and host communities in Nhialdiu town and surrounding bomas in the Payam. The base supported various responses from Mercy Corps, including FSL, WASH, Education and Shelter/NFI programs.

07 Mar 2017 description
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For around 20 million people from Africa to the Middle East, severe hunger is a daily reality.

For some, the risk of starvation is even greater. Since late 2016, conditions in Nigeria indicate that famine has occurred and might be ongoing. In South Sudan, famine has been declared, and in Somalia and Yemen there is a high risk of famine in 2017. Without immediate support, 1.4 million of those at imminent risk of death are children.

03 Mar 2017 description
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Q&A with Kate McMahon, Mercy Corps food security advisor

Right now, an estimated 20 million people are facing life-threatening hunger due to drought and conflict in four regions around the world. The United Nations recently declared famine in some parts of South Sudan and warned that famine could soon hit in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Mercy Corps is meeting the urgent needs of tens of thousands of people in all four of countries and is working hard to prevent catastrophe in the coming weeks and months.

23 Feb 2017 description

27 humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan have warned that unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground, organisations will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months. The statement follows Monday’s declaration of famine in parts of the country.

06 Feb 2017 description

Situation Overview

-Note any prior assessments (eg IRNA) and attach to this report
-If no prior assessment has been done, summarise information gathered through questionnaire at Annex 1

03 Feb 2017 description
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Every day, a staggering number of South Sudanese refugees arrive at Uganda’s northern border in search of safety. Over the past months, their numbers have dramatically increased, with more than 1,800 daily arrivals. Uganda now hosts more than half a million refugees from South Sudan.

01 Sep 2016 description
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When families are in crisis, disaster strikes or poverty is overwhelming, keeping kids in school and on track to succeed can be challenging, if not impossible. Around the world, 124 million children and youth are out of school — some have no school to attend, others can’t afford the fees and many young girls are simply kept at home.

We know that a brighter future starts with an education and giving children everywhere the tools and support they need to find success in school and in life.

28 Jul 2016 description

Warring parties, international community and UN peacekeeping force must do more to protect civilians and aid agencies

Juba, 28 July, 2016 – South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents aid agencies from providing urgent help to millions of people in need. Violence and insecurity continue in Juba and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, ten aid agencies warned today.

25 Jul 2016 description
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It’s looking calm so far this week, but most people remain afraid after a fresh wave of violence swept through Juba earlier this month, said Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps’ country director in South Sudan.

Most people expect that the cease-fire, which began July 18, will not hold for long, Mahla said.