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Four Humanitarians Who Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

August 19th is World Humanitarian Day, which recognizes aid workers who deliver lifesaving relief, often at great risk to themselves. From Mosul to Mogadishu, International Medical Corps’ First Responders brave war, natural disaster, and disease to bring medical care and other services to people in need. Meet four courageous First Responders who are saving lives …

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“I cannot just sit there and watch my community perish”

For more than 20 years, Abdi* has cared for Somalia’s sick as a nurse with International Medical Corps in Somalia. He started his work with International Medical Corps in 1996. Over the years he has responded to disease outbreaks in three different regions of Somalia and saved countless lives. Today, he sees about 50 patients …

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A Young Life Saved in Somalia: Farhiya’s story

“Our situation felt almost hopeless – I knew I had to do everything I could to save my daughter.” One-and-half-year-old Farhiya sat in her mother’s arms at an International Medical Corps facility. She was unable to move, unable to smile, unable to even cry. Her mother, Duniyo, travelled more than 10 kilometers to bring Farhiya …

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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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What We Have Seen Is Hard To Believe

We have been in Baidoa for the last six days. It is hot, dusty, and barren. I traveled here with an International Medical Corps medical assessment team, looking at the needs of Somali families who have been forced to leave their homes because of drought and hunger. What we have seen is hard to believe. …

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Mental Health Team Helps Rescue Somali Refugee

Halima saw traditional healers and religious leaders to break the dark cloud that had settled over her life. She felt sad and was having trouble sleeping. She lost interest in activities that she once enjoyed. She couldn’t shake the darkness and blamed herself. “I am not much use either for myself or my children,” she …

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Wounds Of War: A Young Life Saved In Somalia

This June, five-year-old Rahma Dahir Abdullahi was severely wounded by mortar shrapnel on her chest and left thigh following inter-clan conflict in Ceel-duur, Mudug region of Somalia, roughly 230 miles north of Mogadishu. Her mother was referred to a hospital supported by International Medical Corps in Galkayo town for treatment. Rahma’s parents were very worried …

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Faced With Amputation or Death

Yahya Aden Abdi, 51, was traveling to the Baay region of Somalia to see his relatives when the car was sprayed with bullets. A stray bullet struck his right heel. In the chaos, Yahya didn’t realize he was shot—it wasn’t until someone else in the car told him that he was bleeding that he felt …

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