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Promoting Gender Equality in Afghan Refugee Villages

Educational programs in Afghan refugee villages are bringing men and women together to challenge gender norms.

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Dr. Dorothy Ekosso Dissake: Called to Serve and Giving Her Best

Not everyone is lucky enough to find their life’s calling early and steadily fulfill their purpose over decades, but Dr. Dorothy Ekosso Dissake, International Medical Corps’ Medical Director in Cameroon, has done just that: serving those most in need, with the conviction and commitment she discovered as a child. She grew up in the southwestern, …

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Finding a New Life in Pakistan

In an Afghan refugee village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, a group of men and their families are building new lives filled with hope and purpose. After fleeing conflict in their home country, they joined International Medical Corps’ gender-support groups. Some of them also enrolled in the Engaging Men in Accountable Practices (EMAP) program, …

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Promoting Gender Equality in Afghan Refugee Villages

Abdullah, a 23-year-old Afghan refugee, is standing in front of a group of men and women, leading them through a presentation. The topic? The rights of men and women in his village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Abdullah is an advocate for women’s rights and for combatting gender-based violence (GBV). However, like many in his village, …

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Drawing New Strength from Those Who Have Lost Everything—Except Hope

Editor’s Note: International Medical Corps’ Yemen Blog presents a rare view of life on the ground in Yemen, chronicled by our first responders as they battle what is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters—one fueled by poverty, hunger, disease and a seemingly endless war, now in its seventh year. The entry …

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Maryan Weaves Her Way to Success

Maryan Abdi Mohamed is many things. She is a 31-year-old married woman who is the mother of six children, and she is a successful entrepreneur. Maryan lives in the Kaafi settlement for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Until recently, she worked as a laundress in private homes. Then she joined …

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Having Fled War, Syrian Mothers Give Birth During a Deadly Pandemic

Since the 1947–49 Palestine war, Jordan has been a refuge for those fleeing from wars in the region. In the past 10 years, the country has welcomed more than 1 million refugees. The vast majority of them are from Syria, joining an already substantial refugee community made up of Palestinians, Iraqis and a smaller number …

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Finding Solace and New Skills in South Sudan

Violence against women and girls is endemic in South Sudan, exacerbated by ongoing conflict and chronic displacement. This is why GBV prevention and response remains at the core of International Medical Corps’ assistance in the country. Our programs are tailored to support and empower women and girls who are affected by and at risk of …

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From Vulnerable Child to Child Advocate

“My childhood wasn’t easy,” says Annick Carole Tchouli Tenkeu, International Medical Corps’ Child Protection Manager in Cameroon’s Far North region, of growing up in a polygamous family in Yaoundé. Her mother, one of three wives in the house and a mother to six, was 25 years younger than her father and the target of much …

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Finding New Hope and Resolve in the Midst of War, COVID-19 and Donor Fatigue

Editor’s Note: International Medical Corps’ Yemen Blog presents a rare view of life on the ground in Yemen, chronicled by our first responders as they battle what is widely acknowledged as the world’s worst and largest humanitarian disasters—one fueled by poverty, hunger, disease and a seemingly endless war now in its seventh year, with no …

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