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Syrian Refugees in Turkey: “There is nothing difficult here, except for the language”

Families in Turkey by Maria del Mar Marais
Eyad and his family fled their home in Aleppo countryside in February 2017, during the regime’s recapture of the city. “The bombing was unbearable. I saw death with my own eyes. I don’t want my children to witness this,” he explains. Now Eyad, his...

Nyakena’s Story: Hoping for a peaceful future in South Sudan

Malnutrition in Juba by Unicef
Immediately upon entering the clinic in Juba’s protection of civilian camp I hear the screams of a woman giving birth next door. I quickly try and focus on the task at hand, talking with mothers displaced due to violence and now living in this camp...

Strengthening Afghanistan’s blood banks to guarantee safer transfusions

Blood storage unit in Afghanistan by WHO S. Ramo
“I give blood every 3 months in this hospital because I want to save lives and help my fellow Afghans,” said Gulab Shah as he was donating blood at the Herat Regional Hospital where the World Health Organization (WHO) recently scaled up blood...

Ukraine: “Cash for Work” giving displaced people a chance to rebuild lives

Sergey with his family
Around 500 displaced families live in Soledar today. Alliance2015 partner People in Need  is supporting 30 of the most vulnerable...

Vietnam: assisting drought-affected farmers in the Central Highlands

Vietnam drought 2016
“Last year we lost 60 per cent of our crop production,” says Dinh Van Tuong, a farmer and the eldest son-in-law of the Dinh Family from a village in the Central Highlands’ Gia Lai province. In normal times, the family of 11 was able to produce on...

Niger: “We have been through enough, we just want a peaceful life.”

Binta Seydou
Twenty-year-old Binta fled Boko Haram violence in her native Nigeria in 2014. She recalls the terror of fleeing with a young baby when she was only 17 years old, “They came and they burned everything. We panicked and ran. We had nothing, no...

From the Syrian warzone to a protective apartment in Greece

Greece by TDH
"My house was in Damascus, in the area that was under control of the Syrian army and when we decided to leave, we crossed to the other side, into the area that was under control of the opposition forces because it was closer to the Turkish borders...

Syria: For Those Who Fled East Aleppo, the Suffering Continues

Aleppo Response by ECHO
Between July and December, with the exception of approximately a fortnight in August, the eastern neighbourhood was under siege. Bombs and mortars pummelled the area as food and fuel stocks ran lower and lower. Towards the end of these dark months...

A friendship born in dance

Nazia and Rolian by IRC
Nazia and Rolian* bonded over their love for dance. The two 16-year-old girls - one from Afghanistan, the other from Syria - practice Zumba moves to videos downloaded on Nazia’s mobile phone. “I want to become a dancer,” says Nazia with a bright...

The EU helps Peru respond to widespread floods affecting over a million people

Emergency kits delivery by CARE
The EU has disbursed €1 million in emergency humanitarian aid, deployed civil protection experts and facilitated European donations in kind, including life-saving water pumps from Spain and France to assist those most affected in the northern...