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The new Face of Sufi

Sufi is 13. Just like all teenage girls, she smiles, enjoys talking to people, loves her hair being done and is becoming a young confident adult fast. She has dreams and wants to become a teacher one day. Born in the town of Ambo in Ethiopia a daughter of farmers and the oldest child in […]

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African Themed Evening in aid of Facing Africa Saturday 22nd October 2016

African Themed Evening in aid of Facing Africa Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 6.30pm Sue Criswick and Melanie Vojak are hosting an African Themed Evening in aid of Facing Africa. Twice a year, Facing Africa funds a surgical team to treat sufferers of a disease known as Noma which destroys bone and muscle in the […]

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Sufi’s Story

Remember this little girl ? Fourteen year old Sufi has lived with this tumour since she was five.  She spent 9 long years unable to eat, drink, breathe and speak properly. She still manages to smile and incredibly her eyes are full of joy – she is a truly inspirational character. When the tumour started, […]

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Assanti’s Story

How many of us used to imagine that there is a monster hiding under the bed when we were children? For a lot of Ethiopian children the monster is real and it is not hiding. It’s the hyena. These animals pick children as their victims because they are small, weak and vulnerable, and often careless. […]

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Facing Africa anaesthetists at WAMM

There are many ways to make a difference, sharing our knowledge and experiences is one of them. We are very proud of our anaesthetists representing Facing Africa’s work and sharing their experiences of difficult airway management in Ethiopia at the World Airway Management Meeting in Dublin last weekend. View one of the presentations here

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Nuns Story

Here is a reflection on his experiences in Mother Terresa Mission, home for the poor and dying, in Addis Ababa by one of our volunteer surgeons, Hiroshi Nishikawa, consultant craniafacial surgeon from Birmingham Childrens Hospital. Nuns Story Once or twice a year I travel to Ethiopia to operate on children and adults with severe facial […]

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Scott Butler fundraising for Facing Africa on a World First solo expedition to Mount Elbrus

This June Scott Buttler will be setting off on a World First solo expedition that will see him cycle 1800 miles through Europe to the Black Sea, row the 750 miles across the Black Sea and then climb Mount Elbrus in Russia – the highest peak in Europe. This is all for three fantastic charities […]

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First Facing Africa Seminar and Workshop

On the 10th may 2014, The first Facing Africa Noma Seminar and Workshop took place I’m the Royal Armouries Leeds. The day was organised by Kelvin Mizen and LeRoux Fourie. In attendance Founders: Chris and Terry Lawrence Conference Organisers: Kelvin Mizen and LeRoux Fourie Majj Aerts Amaia Arana David Ball Louise Colignylaan Michael Coupe Susan […]

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200 woolly beanie hats for Ethiopian children

Facing Africa would like say a very special thank you to a group of Dilton Marsh ladies who knitted 200 wooly hats for our patients.  January 2014 mission is going to be very colorful!

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Helping Hands: another publication by FA surgeons

In their recent publication Helping Hands Facing Africa surgeons Dan Saleh, Kelvin Mizen and LeRoux Fourie discuss the role of  the trainees in the provision of humanitarian care for plastic and reconstructive surgical disease. The article, which is also based on the surgeons’ experiences with Facing Africa, expresses the belief that there is a place for […]

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Children can be very cruel. They are particularly cruel to other children, not many adults, because the consequences are usually slight. Without a theory of mind they are blind to the feelings aroused in others. Main reason why our children patients drop out of school is because they are being teased constantly by their peers. The surgery Amlakalgne had in October 2016 makes such a big change to her face and to her life: she will not be bullied anymore. ... See MoreSee Less

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During the great Ethiopian famine in the 80's Derebew was a toddler in South Wollo. His family as many others starved. Derebew survived the famine but his face was eaten away by NOMA, a disease that is triggered by severe malnutrition. Many mistakes were made in the 80s, both by the Western and by the Ethiopian Government. The West was criticized for not reacting to the crisis in time; the Ethiopian Government for its spending on civil war. After more than 20 years Facing Africa could put things right. We reconstructed Derebew's face and gave him his dignity back. Feels like justice. Picture: Derebew before and after his surgery in October 2016. ... See MoreSee Less

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