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Preventing Acute Malnutrition in Somalia’s IDP Camps

For 30-year-old Fadumo Hassan Jim’ale, the pain and disappointment that comes with losing a child is too familiar. Last year, the young mother lost her unborn baby during labor. After the loss of her child, Fadumo—who lives with her husband at Midnimo IDP Camp in Galkayo, Somalia—became more determined to take good care of her …

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Dr. Joshua Jockjio: The Optimistic COVID-19 Survivor

Being a doctor in South Sudan—a conflict-ridden, chronically insecure, abysmally poor country—is one of the most daunting professions on earth. Dr. Joshua Jockjio, a South Sudanese medical professional in charge of International Medical Corps’ health facility in Juba’s “protection of civilians” camp, has faced many challenges over the past four-and-a-half years—including being the only doctor …

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A Different Kind of Father’s Day for a Member of Our Yemen Team

Last year we marked Father’s Day with a letter from Wasim Bahja, our Yemen Country Director, to his daughter Zaina. He wrote the letter after missing her 10th birthday, because the demands of his job required his presence in the country to manage our efforts to mitigate what was then called the world’s worst humanitarian …

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Tending the Unseen Wounds of War-Affected Children

Salim Al-Saffer, an International Medical Corps Community Health Officer in Iraq, still remembers clearly the scene he witnessed last fall: a young girl, off on her own at the Jada Displacement Camp southeast of Mosul, sobbing her heart out. Salim and a couple of his colleagues had spotted the child as they made their daily …

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On the Frontlines of a Pandemic, Working as One

As a flight nurse in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, Amy Bowen is no stranger to emergencies. But COVID-19 is unlike anything she has faced. “I think it’s unlike anything any of us have ever really faced,” she says of the virus that has so far killed more than 110,000 people in the United States. …

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Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Girls Speak

Though on May 28 of every year the world comes together to recognize Menstrual Hygiene Day, menstruation still remains a taboo subject in some parts of the world. In Somalia, most women are aware that menstruation is a normal process, but the topic is rarely openly discussed. In addition, a lack of education, sanitation infrastructure …

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How Zihera Survived

Political instability has been part of everyday life in the Central African Republic (CAR) for decades. But since conflict broke out in 2013, life has been defined by war. Despite the signing of a peace agreement in February 2019, conflict continues to flare up, often unpredictably and near civilian centers. Today, one in four Central …

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