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From Abuse to Control

Leila*, now a 32-year-old volunteer with International Medical Corps in Lebanon, was 14 years old when her parents divorced. Her mother—who married at age 16—could no longer take her husband’s physical and verbal abuse, and left with the couple’s only son, leaving her two daughters behind. As soon as her mother left, Leila’s father started …

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#EndGBV Campaign in Gambella, Ethiopia

As part of the worldwide “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence,” which kicked off on November 25 with a commemoration of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and ran until December 10 (World Human Rights Day), more than 4,000 people across six refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region …

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Vulnerable Women Gain Power Through Community Support

It had been more than four years since the small village of Timangolo, in Cameroon, became the reluctant host to as many as 7,000 refugees fleeing an armed conflict in the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR), yet despite a sharp jump in population, no one had the money to invest in a place where people …

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Amani: An Inspiration to all Women

Amani, a 29-year old widow from Iraq and mother of four, poignantly describes the day she was forced into marriage at the age of 16 as “the death of the girl in me.” Amani remembers crying and shouting, protesting her parent’s decision about the arranged marriage—but her pleas fell on deaf ears. On her wedding …

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Ending Violence Against Women: It Takes a Village

Ours is a world that far too often tolerates violence against women and girls, making egregious transgressions disturbingly commonplace and pervasive. When a woman or girl experiences violence, sexual or otherwise, she needs comprehensive care to help heal the detrimental—and at times irreparable—physical and psychological consequences. International Medical Corps provides critical gender-based violence (GBV) treatment …

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Restoring a Source of Life and Hope

For most, a life in Yemen is a life laden with challenges. One of the greatest and potentially lethal challenges that face many is the lack of clean water: more than 14 million Yemenis can’t access clean water—and before International Medical Corps intervened, the inhabitants of the remote village of Al-Saeeda were among them. The …

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When Temporary Health Centers Mean Continued Care—and Commitment

Sean Golder is the Regional Operations Manager for all 12 community health centers in north Florida’s PanCare Health network, but he talks about all of the patients served by his centers as if they’re his own. We met in a town called Marianna, in Jackson County, a region that was devastated by Hurricane Michael. International …

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International Medical Corps in Yemen

Impoverished conditions and a bitter armed conflict now deep into its fourth year are pushing more than a quarter of Yemen’s 29 million people ever closer to the brink of famine, United Nations officials have warned. Despite deteriorating security conditions and growing challenges that hinder efforts to aid Yemen’s beleaguered civilian population, International Medical Corps …

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Eric’s Story

Editor’s note: Eric is the International Medical Corps Gender Based Violence (GBV) Program Manager in Dollo Ado refugee camp, Ethiopia. As a child growing up in Sierra Leone, I watched many women and girls be battered every day by their male counterparts, including husbands, uncles, fathers and brothers. My mother also lived in a very …

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Celebrating World Mental Health Day

Last month International Medical Corps recognized World Mental Health Day (WMHD) in our programs across the world, hosting community events aimed at educating, increasing awareness and debunking myths surrounding mental health. This year’s theme was “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World,” in recognition of the ever-increasing number of young people exposed to …

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