In 2015 I had been hired by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) to document their maternity clinic in the Domiz Refugee Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. For a week I drew dozens of sketches—families about to take the dangerous journey to Europe, young mothers, a wedding-dress shop, a newborn baby joyously howling at the new world in which she found herself. The camp’s residents were Syrian Kurds, displaced by fundamentalist rebels, the regime, ISIS, poverty, or some combination of the four. Many were passing time until they could scrape together the money to pay a smuggler to take them to Germany. This issue’s cover art is a portrait, based on photos I shot at Domiz, of an Algerian doctor volunteering with MSF. An hour earlier she had helped deliver a baby, and she was taking a quick break from work.

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