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Sufi’s Story

Date Posted: August 18, 2016

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

Date Posted: August 11, 2016

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

Date Posted: November 17, 2015

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

Date Posted: June 9, 2015

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

Date Posted: February 20, 2015

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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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 […]

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 […]

Sufi’s Story

Remember this little girl ? Fourteen year old Sufi has lived with this tumour since she was five.  She spent […]

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Access to health care is often very poor in rural Ethiopia, partly due to physical isolation, but also related to the weak position of the issue within national priority setting. It is very likely, that Nyaluk, pictured below, has never been to hospital or undergone any medical treatment. None of her 4 children were born in the hospital. We will never be able to fully comprehend the feelings of our rural patients, feelings of people who have always lived with long established traditional laws, languages, dress, religion, sacred ceremonies, rituals, healers, and remedies. When they arrive to our care in Addis Ababa sometimes after days of journeying through the countryside, they are faced with the complete unknown: white people inspecting their faces, asking them questions they have never been asked before, trying to get them into routine of sleeping, showering and eating. People like Nyaluk are rarely given the opportunity to represent their own perspectives and understanding of their health and their views on the actions to be taken to improve it. We always ask our patients what they want, what they expect and how they FEEL about surgery. It is heart-breaking to see some of them walk away from a possibly life changing operation because they are so overwhelmed by it all. After spending most of her childhood and adult life with face affected by NOMA, getting married and having children, Nyaluk chose to have her surgery in May 2017 and October 2017. She is going to come back for revision in May 2018. Pictured below: Nyaluk before and after her surgery. ... See MoreSee Less

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In Ethiopia hyenas live in close proximity to humans and will attack if the opportunity arises. The bite of the hyena is one of the strongest of any animal on earth and causes severe injuries to the bone and soft tissues of the animal’s victims. Samira and Asanti were both attacked by hyenas. Horrific injuries to their faces did not seem to affect their joyful spirit and ability to enjoy themselves, play, dance and laugh together. It was amazing to watch how their friendship developed while they were looked after in Facing Africa House in October 2017. Photo credit: Emily ... See MoreSee Less

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Safe hands - Wassi and America, Facing Africa House, Cheshire, Menagesha. It takes a village to raise a child, it takes much more to save one <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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