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Finding Dignity and Healing After Abuse

As a gender-based violence (GBV) case manager for International Medical Corps in Wau, South Sudan, my job is emotionally exhausting and at times dangerous. I run a 24-7 hotline that people can call to confidentially report cases of abuse, including rape and sexual assault. I then respond to those calls, tracking down the survivor and …

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Iraq Complex Emergency: Kirkuk and Disputed Areas

International Medical Corps Providing Care for Families Fleeing Kirkuk and Other Disputed Areas in Iraq As long-standing political tensions continue to escalate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, International Medical Corps has dispatched mobile medical teams from its office in Erbil to help the tens of thousands of children, women, and men fleeing their homes …

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On the Precipice of Famine in a Country Ravaged by Conflict

An unprecedented 20 million people today are on the precipice of famine. At the heart of this crisis is Nigeria, where a seven-year-long conflict triggered by the insurgent group Boko Haram has wreaked havoc on the northeastern corner of the country. The violence has uprooted millions from their homes and decimated trade and agriculture. As …

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The Battle May Be Over, but Immense Needs Remain in Mosul

By Michael Butt, Emergency Response Coordinator, International Medical Corps Iraq The nine-month-long battle to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the Islamic State, or ISIL, is officially over, but the work to rebuild Mosul and the lives of its people is only now beginning. As a humanitarian aid worker on the ground in Mosul every …

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The Golden Hour

Douma Ammar will never forget the day. She was in her Mosul neighborhood when shots rang out. A stray bullet hit her friend, wounding her gravely. With no paramedics to call for help, Douma fought for her friend’s life alone, but eventually lost. “I didn’t know how to help,” Douma said, “My friend died.” Mosul—Iraq’s …

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“The bombs fell like rain”

After securing eastern Mosul in January, Iraqi Security Forces are now battling fighters from the Islamic State, also known as ISIL—The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—for control of the western part of the city. Because neighborhoods on the west bank of the Tigris River are far more densely populated and tightly packed than …

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After The Islamic State

The clinic stayed open through two long years of Islamic State rule, only to get hit by a car bomb as Iraqi Security Forces fought for control of the city. The earth outside the clinic gate is still cratered from the blast, the metal window bars twisted and the glass behind shattered. A crack splits …

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Who are refugees?

Worldwide displacement is at an all-time high, impacting one in every 122 humans. Many of these people have fled with only what they could carry. Today, the greatest number of refugees come from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan, although there are people fleeing violence in many other regions as well. Children made up 51% …

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