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Ponyo Salumu: Going Where Few Others Will Go

Many people in the United States have never even heard of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Very few know that this massive country—roughly two-thirds the size of Europe—endured the deadliest war on any continent since WWII, involving soldiers from eight countries and killing an estimated 5.4 million people between 1998 and 2003. DRC’s …

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Marylyne Malomba: Doing The Things No One Else is Willing To Do

Marylyne Malomba calls me from the dark. She is managing International Medical Corps’ nutrition program in Nigeria’s Borno State—where a nine-year insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2 million—and the guesthouse generator has gone out again. But I quickly learn that in light of the other times Marylyne has had to …

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Volunteers: Local Heroes Bringing Skills to their Community

International Medical Corps believes that passing on skills and knowledge fosters self-reliance. Training enables people who have been struck by conflict, disease or disaster to not only benefit from aid but also to develop their own, innate potential to become resilient in the face of disaster. This is why the organization has always been so …

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By Refugees. For Refugees.

I barely make it inside the kitchen before Mohammad and Maen offer me one delicious dish after another—vegetable soup, rice and chicken—based on relatively simple ingredients. It nevertheless tastes divine and, for a brief moment, I forget that I’m standing in a kitchen inside a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. The cooks—Maen and Mohammad—are both Syrian refugees. …

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Giving a voice to the voiceless

Listening to the voice of someone who has been silenced, marginalized and even physically abused for years is a delicate task, but it’s one that International Medical Corps is determined to embrace as we look to help and heal those who have suffered from gender-based violence (GBV). GBV is defined as an action toward someone …

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Seda Sertdemir: The Happy Humanitarian

“I’m so happy.” Seda Sertdemir says this several times in our conversation, emphatically. The joy brimming in her voice and the lightness of her laughter make it hard to imagine the devastating things she has witnessed as a nutrition manager for International Medical Corps, having worked with Syrian refugees in Turkey and Puerto Ricans affected …

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‘I now advise my sisters’

Even as many parts of the world witness overproduction of food and deal with the side effects of obesity, about 3 million children every year die due to an acute lack of food. Many millions more face stunting—a permanent condition that inhibits the physical and cognitive growth of a child. One of the places where …

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Every little bit helps

International Medical Corps has been providing medical relief in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country haunted by instability and grappling with a weakened health system, since 2007. We are currently providing healthcare and other assistance in three regions: Vakaga, Haute Kotto and Ouaka. In Ndiffa, a village more than 200 kilometres from Birao, the …

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Samuel Mbuto: Leading with Heart

Samuel Mbuto is full of heart. I hear it immediately. It’s something more than passion or conviction for a cause; it’s a delicate hopefulness and an innate joyfulness built from years of dedication and hard work. As a Nutrition Manager for International Medical Corps, Samuel consistently confronts harrowing starvation in children and, sometimes, devastating loss. …

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When women come together

What are women-safe spaces and why do they play a crucial role in empowering and protecting girls and women during a humanitarian crisis? A woman-safe space is a place where women and girls come together to socialize and express themselves without harm or judgment. But it’s not just a place where women can meet; safe …

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