Bringing Emergency Medical Care to Nepal
At 11:56 a.m., on a remote mountainside in Nepal, the ground under Chunumaya’s feet began to shake. The floor of her house rolled under foot as she lolled side to side. She clasped at the collapsing walls for support. Nearby,…
In Guatemala, Emergency Care Saved Cecilia’s Baby
Cecilia gripped the worn handle above the passenger window and winced. She had been riding in the hired truck since dawn and it was nearing afternoon. She closed her eyes and fought to steady her breathing. The truck climbed Chicamán’s…
Taking a Walk in Her Shoes
Most of us don’t know what it’s like to live in a refugee camp. We haven’t lived in a tent flooded with contaminated water. Or watched a deadly disease sweep through our neighborhood, leaving death and grief in its wake….
Monsoon Season Arrives in Bangladesh
In the Kutupalong refugee camp, off the southern coast of Bangladesh, a light sprinkling of May rain is a foreboding expression of what lies ahead. For Rohingya refugees living in one of the largest and most disaster-prone camps in the world,…
Mothers Who Hold on to Hope
Mothers are an indelible force. It’s often said that they have the hardest job in the world — creating and nurturing new life. Let’s celebrate new mothers and mothers-to-be who hold on to hope despite suffering the impacts of war. These mothers, through no fault of their own, are caught in the crosshairs of conflict.
Brave Women of the Rohingya Refugee Camps
They told us their story of leaving Myanmar and their new life in Bangladesh. For two hours I listened to all they endured and all they overcame.
Life or Death for Congolese Refugees
Uganda is home to a silent crisis. You won’t read many headlines about the refugee mother forced to trudge down dirt paths for a week with her child clinging to her back. But everyday, tired and sick refugees pour across…
When you hear a word often enough, it can begin to lose its weight. Refugee. Famine. War. You hear these words over and over in the news. You’re inundated with information. Overwhelmed by statistics and the magnitude of pain in…
A Time of Rebirth: Reflections on Easter
On Easter Sunday, families will gather in churches, living rooms, and at dining room tables all across the country. They will pray, eat, laugh, and play. Outside, children will hunt for Easter eggs, basking in the renewal of spring….
Two Rohingya Women Find Strength in Kindness
In light of celebrating the strength and resilience of women around the world this month–and every day at Medical Teams International–I would like to share the story of two women I recently met in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Areafa (left)…