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A humanitarian relief organization serving internationally and locally with expertise in refugee health care, disaster relief, and mobile dental programs.
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The name Medical Teams International may conjure up images of volunteers travelling around the world to treat patients. However, sometimes, the greatest need is right here at home in the U.S. – and Medical Teams International is working to meet that need, as well. For over 40 years and in over 40 countries, their volunteers have been on the ground to help see communities through disasters, respond to urgent needs – like those during disease outbreaks – and provide ongoing aid and support to refugees and displaced persons. The charity’s reach is global, but they also support vast, comprehensive health…

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Seven months ago, life for 40-year-old Burhani felt peaceful and safe. Living in Humera, Ethiopia, Burhani owned a small retail store and the business was prosperous. The conditions in the city were stable and his store was bringing in enough income to provide for his wife and one-year-old son. But then war broke out. In the first week of November 2020, the situation escalated dramatically. Armed conflict erupted in Ethiopia, between federal and provincial forces in the northern region where Burhani’s hometown is located. Burhani explained, “We woke up on the morning of the seventh November to the sounds of cannons and gunfire everywhere.” He described the horrors he witnessed. Dead bodies piled in the streets. Burhani was forced to escape Humera. With his wife and son, he fled his house and left the city quickly. “We didn’t have time to take anything with us, except for the clothes we…