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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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Thank you for being there in 2017

Together, we saved lives, relieved suffering and provided training that helped communities around the world become more self-reliant. Thank you for the difference YOU made in 2017.
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Providing care on the shores of Lake Chad

Having crossed borders and entered neighboring countries, the ongoing conflict has forced millions from their homes and caused a severe food crisis. Apart from the conflict, extreme poverty and drought have exacerbated the situation. In the heart of the emergency lies the Lake Chad Basin region, which includes Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. For several …

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Vicki Agali – Gender-based Violence Case Worker in South Sudan

An independent country since 2011, South Sudan spiraled into civil war in late 2013. The conflict has created a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in which four million people have been forced from their homes and six million people are facing severe food insecurity. The endless violence and displacement puts women and girls at-risk of violent attacks, …

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Finding Dignity and Healing After Abuse

As a gender-based violence (GBV) case manager for International Medical Corps in Wau, South Sudan, my job is emotionally exhausting and at times dangerous. I run a 24-7 hotline that people can call to confidentially report cases of abuse, including rape and sexual assault. I then respond to those calls, tracking down the survivor and …

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