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An "informal tented settlement" is home to Syrians taking refuge in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.

On June 20 the world will mark World Refugee Day. This year’s commemoration is particularly sobering, with more than 60 million people around the world displaced from their homes—more than at any time since World War II.

No one wants to become a refugee. But every day people are forced to do the unthinkable—leave their homes, often without knowing where they will end up or how long they will have to stay.

MCC has resources available on ways to support refugees. As we approach World Refugee Day this year, reflect on how you and your congregation can help support refugees and then take action. Read more.

Ways to support refugees | Email Congress | Refugees Welcome campaign

Election 2016

Have you been thinking about the upcoming election? Are you unsure about how to engage with the issues? Our office has produced a new resource with simple steps anyone can take to become involved in this important process. Learn about key issues and how to interact with political candidates with our 2016 election resource.

Policy updates

Colombia: More than 50 members of the House sent a letter to Secretary Kerry encouraging strong support for the peace talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), the largest remaining guerrilla group. This is another important step on the path to a complete peace in Colombia.

Palestine and Israel: At the end of February, there were 440 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention, the highest number since data became available in 2008. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) has initiated a letter to President Obama, asking him to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian Children. Encourage your representative to sign the letter.

South Sudan: On June 2, leadership of South Sudan (President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar and Vice President James Wani Igga) reached a breakthrough agreement to review the 28 states that were a point of contention in the peace process

Upcoming events

On June 24-25 the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare will be holding a conference at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pa. Titus Peachey, former peace education coordinator for MCC U.S., will be one of several featured speakers.

On July 30, Tammy Alexander will co-lead the workshop “Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees in 2016” at the Mennonite Brethren National Biennial Gathering in Denver, Colorado.

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Action alerts

Ask Congress to support peace in Colombia

Ask your representative to sign a letter on Palestinian children

Urge your representative to help stop the Haiti cholera outbreak

Staff updates

Charissa Zehr participated in an advocacy trip to Haiti to meet with MCC partners and deepen understanding of key advocacy issues like migration, food sovereignty, climate change and the electoral crisis. Charissa is available to speak with your congregation about Haiti.

This week we welcomed two summer interns, Jacob Greaser and Alek Ball. Jacob is a 2015 graduate of Goshen College and will work on foreign policy. Alek, a student at Georgetown University, will focus on domestic policy. He is from Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana, Ohio.