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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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Regaining Courage, Control, and Confidence after Years of Abuse

Samia* and Khaled* married 13 years ago. They were both 23. Samia remembers their first five years of marriage fondly. The couple lived together in Burj Al Barajneh Palestinian camp in Beirut’s southern suburbs and soon had three children, Tareq*, Hani*, and Sara*. Then cracks in their relationship started to emerge. Khaled rarely worked, which …

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Child Refugees Helping Others to Stay Healthy

Zaid Jalood, Community Health Officer with the International Medical Corps, reports on a project that has trained young displaced people in Iraq as community healthy workers to help prevent the health issues that can be endemic in refugee camps.

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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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BLOG: We only eat once a day

When I met Nalow Hassan two weeks ago, the 30-year-old wife and mother had already lost two children. Aged six and four, the two youngsters had succumbed to acute watery diarrhea. Now she was on the brink of losing a third–her youngest, 15-month-old Ahmed Abdi, who was seriously ill and Nalow and her husband Abdi …

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International Medical Corps and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Launch The Things We Carry Campaign, Highlighting Plight of Syrian Refugees

In an effort to keep public attention on the ongoing needs of millions of Syrian refugees, International Medical Corps and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation are launching The Things We Carry, a campaign featuring the children, men and women who have fled six years of war in their country – and what they carried with …

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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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The Importance Of Psychological First Aid In Greece

A press conference held recently in Athens to present the first Greek language translation of the World Health Organization’s Psychological First Aid Guidelines underscores the importance of first responders’ ability to provide support for acute emotional issues as they receive refugees who have endured long, harrowing journeys to escape war at home and reach Europe. …

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Amal and Ahmad

“When I am wearing my bracelet I feel like my sister is still with me.” Amal couldn’t walk when the tanks shelled her neighborhood. She had broken her back when the blast of an airstrike on the house next door threw her from the roof. The 23-year-old recalls how her brother Munjid – a name …

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