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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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Yemen: A Six-Year Emergency

What started as mass-protests against high fuel prices in 2015 is today the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Six years of brutal conflict—made worse by pre-existing humanitarian needs caused by devastating flooding in 2010, as well as extreme poverty—has decimated Yemen and its people. More than 24 million men, women and children—80 percent of the population—relies …

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Immunizations: Building Blocks for a Better Tomorrow

32-year-old Fadumo Mohamed is from Lower Shabelle, a region in southern Somalia, not far from the capital Mogadishu. Named after the river that farming communities have relied on for centuries, the area is a microcosm for the multi-layered crisis that has been battering Somalia and its people since the 1990s. The situation in Lower Shabelle …

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Ines: A Legacy of Supporting Refugees

Irbid is a city in northern Jordan, located 43 miles north of the capital Amman and only a short drive from the Syrian border. I recently returned from Irbid, where—among other things—International Medical Corps runs a maternity ward, thanks to the support of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). The facility supports …

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Health Is a Human Right, the Foundation of a Dignified Life

Note from the editor: In this article, published to observe Human Rights Day, International Medical Corps reflects on the importance of health as a human right. We also share some examples from the frontlines, where our committed healthcare workers put theory into practice, helping people who have had their lives ripped apart by conflict to …

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The Dream of Rosier Days

“I want to name her Joury [rose], after my favorite flower. Hopefully, her days will be rosier than mine.” This is what Rania* told the doctor when she delivered her third daughter and was asked to name her. Rania is a 33-year-old displaced Syrian residing in a small town in Southern Lebanon. She has three …

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Balancing Family and Work in the World’s Worst Humanitarian Emergency

In the spring of 2015, one year after joining International Medical Corps in Yemen as a Health and Nutrition Program Assistant, Doa’a was forced to flee her home with her family because their neighborhood was no longer safe. On that day, Doa’a became an internally displaced person (IDP)—an experience that has given her unique insights …

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The Intimate Hardships of War

Last year, I visited Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan as part of a project that aimed to highlight maternal health, as well as the plight—and resilience—of refugee women. International Medical Corps runs the only fully equipped hospital inside Azraq Camp, where staff members deliver an average of 120 healthy babies each month. During my week-long …

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Irbid: A Sanctuary for Syrian Mothers

The UN’s refugee agency recently warned that, for the first time since records began, the number of people who have been forced from their homes has exceeded 70 million. Half of the world’s refugees originate from just three countries: Syria, South Sudan and Afghanistan. Syria alone accounts for 6.3 million of them, making it one …

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