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Turkey has stepped in to help Gazans where Arab countries didn’t

This piece originally appeared in GlobalPost. (Photo credit: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images) ANKARA, Turkey — Even before Nael Salamah introduces himself, he hurriedly whispers in Arabic, “Don’t tell her anything about what has happened, she doesn’t know our mom and brothers are dead.” He’s talking about his 14-year-old sister, Ahid, who has been in a hospital…

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Turkey’s emergency room doctors are tired of getting beaten up

This post originally appeared on GlobalPost. (Photo credit: Mehmet Engin/AFP/Getty Images) ISTANBUL, Turkey — Imagine you’re in the ER, waiting to be seen by the attending physician. It’s been an hour. You ask how much longer. You’re told to check the list. Then, the guy next to you stabs the doctor. In Turkey, this actually…

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Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law

This piece originally appeared on IRIN. ADDIS ABABA, 8 August 2014 (IRIN) – After decades battling high maternal death rates – at least a third of which were due to botched abortions – Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to…