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#Snapshots August

Providing Lifesaving Support to the Survivors of the Explosion in Lebanon On Tuesday, August 4, a massive explosion tore through the city of Beirut. Because we were already in the country providing a range of health services, we were able to respond immediately and provide help to survivors and support to hospitals and health facilities …

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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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Dr. Ruaa: a Beacon of Hope in a Healthcare System Struggling to Rebuild

Recovering from one crisis after another, Iraq and its people have demonstrated a profound ability to stand up to adversity. Decades of war, sectarian violence and sanctions have taken their toll. The country’s most recent hardship—the fight against the terrorist organization ISIS in 2014–2017—caused death, injury and displacement on a massive scale, as well as …

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Battling the Threats of Stress and Depression Through Sports

There’s little space for youth recreational activities at the Khazir displacement camp in northern Iraq, nor is there a place where adolescents can relax and enjoy other informal social interaction. Limited resources and the lack of opportunities to engage in friendly competitive activities have added to the emotional burden for “tweens,” young teens and near-adult …

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Mosul: After the Islamic State

After more than two years of occupation, and following a nine-month-long battle between the so-called Islamic State and Iraqi-led forces, the vibrant city of Mosul—Iraq’s second-largest city and capital of Nineveh Province—was liberated from the Islamic State in July 2017. Six months later, the Iraqi government declared victory over the terrorist organization, known worldwide for …

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Brutal Civil War in Syria Enters Ninth Year

Syria’s relentless civil war enters its ninth year this month, with fighting beginning to wane in what has become this century’s bloodiest, most brutal conflict. But as the violence ebbs, the humanitarian crisis left in its wake will only grow in the period ahead. The fighting, which has claimed an estimated 500,000 lives, has caused …

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Amani: An Inspiration to all Women

Amani, a 29-year old widow from Iraq and mother of four, poignantly describes the day she was forced into marriage at the age of 16 as “the death of the girl in me.” Amani remembers crying and shouting, protesting her parent’s decision about the arranged marriage—but her pleas fell on deaf ears. On her wedding …

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Dr. Sarmad Yahia: Building a Better Future for Iraqi Youth

Many young people in Iraq have never known peace and security. The 2003 Iraq war was followed by years of sectarian violence that erupted in heavy fighting between the Iraqi military and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) in late 2013. Today, roughly 3 million Iraqis remain internally displaced due to ongoing conflicts, with more …

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May Majid: Unbroken Spirit

“We all have something inside us that will never be the same again,” says May Majid of living through the Iraq War. This theme would weave its way through our conversation: remnants of things broken and lost, and the exhausting effort of constantly trying to piece it all back together, inside and out. “Almost every …

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‘This is my calling’

July 2018 marks one year since Iraqi forces and their allies retook the city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after three years of occupation. As many as 1 million people fled the city due to the conflict, but today 870,000 have already returned to their hometown. Hiba, Mental …

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