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Building Leadership, One Stitch at a Time

As a self-taught seamstress and the loving caretaker of her deceased brothers’ children, 41-year-old Sawsan serves as a constant inspiration to those around her. Sawsan* grew up within a large family in Iraq, the daughter of an ambulance driver and a stay-at-home mother. She dropped out of school at the primary level and, at 20 …

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Supporting those most vulnerable in Yemen

The fate of young children in war-torn Yemen is captured in one heart-wrenching United Nations statistic:  Every ten minutes, a child under five dies of causes that are easily preventable. A civil war now in its fourth year has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, crippled its economic and commercial life and left three quarters …

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The triplets from Takamala

In the Central African Republic (CAR), this is not a theoretical question but a stark reality. Plagued by unrest and turmoil, the country is now in urgent need of humanitarian aid and time after time referred to as ‘a forgotten crisis’. Most people in CAR live in rural areas with functioning medical facilities rarely within …

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World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018

To commemorate World Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, 2018, International Medical Corps distributed dignitary kits to 40 vulnerable girls and women from an IDP camp in Mogadishu. These kits contain reusable sanitary pads, cotton underwear, laundry and bath soap, and a solar powered light. World Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to break taboos around menstruation …

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Notes from the field: Jordan

At the center of this emergency lies Syria. Since the conflict started, over 5.5 million people have left the country. The majority of them have found shelter in neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. 6.6 million are internally displaced inside Syria and an unimaginable 13 million people need humanitarian aid. What would turn …

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The matrons by the lake

Today, over 800 women will die in childbirth. Most of them live in rural parts of aid-dependent countries with limited access to healthcare. Hundreds of thousands of women lose their lives during childbirth each year in what can only be described as a reproductive health emergency. The situation is alarming, especially considering that the vast …

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Meet Kenyi Friday Lodu, a Midwife in South Sudan

My name is Kenyi Friday Lodu. I am 25 years old. I was born in Kajo Keji County, south of South Sudan’s capital of Juba. Due to fighting in South Sudan, I grew up in neighboring Uganda until the age of 14 before returning to my home country in 2005. I lost my father in …

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Notes from the Field: Nigeria

As our plane landed in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, I wondered what lay before us. Since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, the region we were visiting has been wracked by violence, and has seen the highest number of internally displaced people in the country– an estimated 1.7 million. It’s still considered one …

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Women’s Self Defense in Lebanon

With rates of gender-based violence (GBV) still staggeringly high in every nation across the globe, it’s easy to feel vulnerable as a woman. A violent attack can come from anywhere at any time; from someone you know intimately or someone you’ve never met. In a country like Lebanon, fragile political dynamics and a massive refugee …

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Global Ambassador Sienna Miller visits Nigeria

Actress Sienna Miller, our Global Ambassador since 2009, visited our programs in Nigeria in January and met with survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency at a displacement camp in hard-hit Borno State. The camp is home to people who have fled to escape violence associated with the Boko Haram insurgency. Boko Haram attacks have displaced …

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