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The Unstoppable Farmers in Cameroon

When money and resources are withheld from women, they lose so much more than vital means of survival—they lose their sense of adequacy and autonomy. But in Blangoua, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region, a program funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is helping a community of women regain …

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Dearest Zaina

Editor’s Note: Many of the roughly 7,000 people International Medical Corps employs around the world are fathers, who frequently find themselves far from home during special times in their children’s lives, because our humanitarian work can take them to distant, dangerous places. To acknowledge their sacrifices—often made to ease the plight of children less fortunate …

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A Gateway to Identity and Rights

The United Nations calls it a ‘passport to protection’: the issuing of a birth certificate, a seemingly trivial process whereby a child is legally registered, usually at or shortly after birth. Birth certificates don’t just exist so that states can record basic information such as name, parents and date of birth, or keep track of …

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Serving Conflict-Affected Communities in the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR)—a landlocked country at the heart of the African continent—remains one of the poorest nations in the world, with only Niger rating lower on the 2018 Human Development Index. Struggling with instability dating back to the 1960s, the current conflict broke out in 2013, leaving an already struggling population in an …

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Amidst War, Water and Sanitation Saves Lives

Safe, clean and reliable access to water and sanitation services remains an urgent, global challenge, with more than 1 billion people lacking these basic services worldwide. As displacement becomes increasingly prevalent—more than 65 million people are displaced today—stopping the spread of water-related illnesses is a top priority for humanitarian organizations like International Medical Corps. Yet …

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Community Health Clubs in Lebanon

Alaa is a 14-year-old Syrian refugee who lives in a small village in the Bekaa Valley. When Alaa’s family came to Lebanon eight years ago, she was only six years old. Before fleeing the war, Alaa stopped going to school for a full year. Like so many other children, it wasn’t safe for her to …

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When Treating Ebola, Always Have Water at the Ready

In the scramble to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak spreading across Liberia and two neighboring West African counties with frightening speed in the late summer of 2014, an International Medical Corps emergency response team deployed quickly to confront the epidemic at its source. As our team raced to complete a hospital-like treatment center in central …

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Assisting Somalia’s Communities

Unpredictable rainfall patterns across Somalia often result in drought and floods, leaving the population without access to safe drinking water. A quarter-century of war and conflict has left Somalia’s pre-war water infrastructure and once-expansive irrigation and canal systems in disrepair. With only two perennial rivers, Somalia’s agricultural riverine communities are increasingly affected by extremes of …

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A Direct Path to Gender Equality

Women’s economic empowerment is an indispensable component in the fight for gender equality. Sitting at the restaurant she runs, Rebecca Nyangot Biel—a 39-year-old mother of six from Nyal in South Sudan—is a striking example of why. Her unwavering spirit is inspiring, but it wasn’t always like this. She might be a business owner today, but …

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