With no political solution in sight, the Syrian civil war could result in the worst humanitarian disaster of our time.
The United Nations predicts that 3.5 million Syrians could be refugees by the end of this year.
Portland-based Mercy Corps is now reaching more than 1.5 million people caught up in the exodus. They are delivering water, shelter, clothes and other essentials.
Neal Keny-Guyer, Mercy Corps chief executive, was recently in one refugee camp in the Jordanian desert that is home to more than 130,000 people.
In this video interview with accompanying photographs from the region, Keny-Guyer reminds us that Mercy Corps and other organizations can only do so much.
“Mercy Corps can provide comfort but we cannot provide the political solution and without the political solution, there is no humanitarian solution, ultimately.”