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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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Saving Children’s Lives at a Modest Cost

It cost just $50 for the medicines needed to save baby Shamekh. Indeed, the entire three-week treatment provided by International Medical Corps to rescue the 17-month-old Yemeni boy from death’s door totaled just $511. That sum included all direct treatment costs for Shamekh during his three-week stay at Al Dorah Hospital, where International Medical Corps …

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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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Haitham’s Story: Back from the Brink

It was a harrowing journey for the desperate parents, driven by one goal: finding help to save their youngest child—a tiny, severely malnourished 10-month old little boy named Haitham—before the flicker of life still inside him ebbed away. Following a routine birth in the summer of 2018, Haitham had begun to lose weight last January. …

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Dearest Zaina

Editor’s Note: Many of the roughly 7,000 people International Medical Corps employs around the world are fathers, who frequently find themselves far from home during special times in their children’s lives, because our humanitarian work can take them to distant, dangerous places. To acknowledge their sacrifices—often made to ease the plight of children less fortunate …

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Serving Yemen’s Most Forgotten

The conflict in Yemen has left its people—who faced extreme poverty long before the war—in what can only be described as a state of desperation. The level of suffering is unprecedented: a higher percentage of people face death, hunger and disease than in any other country in the world. Albeit fleeting, a beacon of hope …

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Why Water Is Key to Saving Lives and Restoring Dignity in Yemen

I dreamt of becoming an engineer ever since I was a child growing up in Taiz, a city in southwestern Yemen. This dream drove me to study at Sana’a University, graduating with a degree in engineering in 2013—two years before the outbreak of a war that would irreversibly change the lives of Yemeni people. Driven …

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The Shadow of Famine

When war broke out in Yemen four years ago this month, the country was already the region’s poorest, forced to import much of its food, medicine and fuel while struggling to deal with chronic malnutrition among its people. The four years of war have driven most of Yemen’s 30 million people deeper into despair, with …

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Training to Save Lives in Yemen, in the Midst of Famine

It’s a crisis reminiscent of our early days in Somalia, when at the height of a brutal civil war in the 1990s, International Medical Corps worked desperately to sound the alarm about an unfolding famine that would haunt the world—once it finally woke up. Today, as Yemen enters its fourth year of civil war, graphic …

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