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Feb 28, 2019, 11:28 AM
“Success in work is about trying the impossible to make the possible happen,” said Lusine, age 30. She and Gohar, 53, have just completed a vocational course in garment design and construction at the Social-Educational Center run by ...
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Feb 22, 2019, 1:20 PM
Without water, it’s impossible for humans to survive—let alone stay clean and healthy. So what happens if an area where water is already scarce suddenly sees its population spike?
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Jan 17, 2019, 10:54 AM
When Fawaz was 11, he went to work driving a tractor. He made a living this way for over 40 years, supporting a wife and family in their small Syrian village. They had a comfortable life, but as conflict sprea, Fawaz decided his family ...
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Jan 17, 2019, 10:31 AM
Before the breakup of Yugoslavia, Dragan (now 50) managed a hotel in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina—a natural fit for his training in catering. But conflict changes everything, and it turned his family’s life upside-down....
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Jan 10, 2019, 9:33 AM
IOCC deployed Frontliners to parts of northern California, where fires devastated communities in late 2018. IOCC Frontliners, specially trained to care for people affected by ...
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Dec 27, 2018, 10:19 AM
Karim (10) and Bilal (13) are brothers who share a love for life and sports. A fan of boxing, Karim aims to stay as healthy as possible and to be a champion athlete one day. Not to be outdone by his younger sibling, Bilal has similar ambitions. When IOCC’s mobile vaccination team ...
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Dec 27, 2018, 9:56 AM
Starting over isn’t easy, but the right kind of help makes a big difference. Some refugee families in Athens, Greece have found the support they need—practical and emotional—at an education center for refugees and migrants run by Apostoli and co-funded ...
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Dec 13, 2018, 11:20 AM
Imagine not being able to hear the world around you. Before getting his first hearing aids, Khaldoun would cry, scream, and hit his head, frustrated that he couldn’t communicate with those close to him. Growing up in Syria, Khaldoun ...
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Dec 6, 2018, 11:39 AM
When fast-moving fires swept through the seaside village of Mati, Greece, Olga and her family lost their home. But they didn't lose each other, and they didn't lose hope. Olga and her husband had worked hard to create a safe, loving home full ...
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Dec 3, 2018, 2:29 PM
Malnutrition rates in Gaza are extremely high for children under age six—and this leads to conditions like anemia that, left untreated, can damage vital organs and strain the heart. To help address this problem, IOCC has just launched ...