Going the extra mile

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The air was warm and thick in the room where three-year-old Paul Bernard and his older cousin were sleeping. It was a night like any other. But in his sleep, his cousin accidentally knocked over a nearby kerosene lamp, lighting their mattress on fire and engulfing the bed … Read More

Restoring Tresor

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Tresor is a ten-year-old boy with an explosive laugh. He’s a cheeky prankster with a competitive spirit, and he’s completely unafraid to speak his mind. He’s the kind of child you’d call unstoppable. But Tresor’s childhood took an unexpected turn when he was just three years old — … Read More

Healing the hurt

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‘What happened to me, Mummy’ Pierre would ask, ‘When are you going to fix my legs?’ Unsure how to answer her four-year-old son, Edwige made a promise that she would do everything she could to find healing for Pierre’s twisted legs. When she first noticed Pierre’s legs were … Read More

Ulrich stands tall

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When an orthopaedic surgeon experienced in extreme conditions says he’s shocked by a patient’s condition, you know the surgery’s going to be a challenge. ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ someone asked 12-year-old Ulrich. ‘I want to be tall like my friends,’ he answered with … Read More

Salamatou & Mariama- the overcomers

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High up Mt Manengouba in Cameroon, through rocky terrain and lush foliage, lies the beautiful village of Bororos. The journey to Bororos consists of a steep, uphill horse ride surrounded by craggy rocks with only wildlife for company. But two little girls, sisters Salamatou and Mariama, had never … Read More

An orphan’s hope

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Victoria never lost hope. Not after her parents died when she was a girl, not after she was forced to start begging in the streets, and not even when she began developing a massive facial tumour when she was only 18 years old. Now, the resilient 23-year-old sat … Read More

Julienne finds freedom

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The first time 14-year-old Julienne was called a “witch,” she was too young to grasp what the word meant. But she wasn’t too young to feel the sting of her own relatives’ rejection and to know that her condition made her different … an outcast. Julienne was just … Read More

Out of hiding

Underneath the swirling pattern and bright dye of Djenabou’s scarf was a massive goitre that had been growing for over 18 years. For more than half her life, she’d carried its weight … a weight producing far more than the physical effects of a mass slowly closing her … Read More

Seven long years

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She had been excited for a while. Mairamou and her husband eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a long, painful labour, she lost the baby. The tragedy was intensified because the prolonged labour caused physical damage that left Mairamou with a condition known as … Read More

A brighter future

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No one is prouder of this ray of sunshine than her father, Emmanuel. Cecilia brims with delightful energy, and Emmanuel is always one step behind her, ready to help her in the right direction. But, until recently, Cecilia needed more help than most little girls. “She smiles all of … Read More

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