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Yemen: Battling a worsening Cholera outbreak

Cholera Yemen outbreak EU response
The latest outbreak, affecting 19 of the country’s 22 governorates, has killed at least 315 people—prompting authorities in Yemen to declare a state of emergency. Since April 27, almost 30 000 suspected cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea...

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century
The situation has a direct impact on the water level of the dams - throughout the country dam levels are below 50% of capacity. Although a staggering 141 of Cuba’s 168 municipalities have been affected, Central and Eastern Cuba have been hit...

In South Sudan, a mother strives for her child's survival

Malnutrition Juba
It was around 10 a.m. on a July morning in a village near Juba when Helen started seeing and feeling bullets whizz by her head. She had just finished having tea and was now tending to the children’s laundry.  Immediately, she ducked down and ran...

Keeping children safe in disaster-prone Kyrgyzstan

The EU has been funding disaster preparedness initiatives across the country to mitigate this risk, especially in the education system, as school children are extremely vulnerable to earthquakes.
"Last year, we had a quite strong earthquake here," says Dinara Nuralieva, director at the school. "It taught us a lesson. There was panic, both among children and adults. We managed to evacuate the school, but it did not happen in an orderly way,...

Myanmar/Burma: Protecting children in Rakhine State

Saw Myat Thu works as facilitator in a child friendly space for children from different communities. “We need to focus more on peace messages so that adolescents can contribute to peace building”, she says.
At the age of 20, Saw Myat Thu knew exactly where her passion lay. Having failed the matriculation examination twice, the young girl became a teaching assistant at an early childhood development centre in the northern Rakhine township of Maungdaw,...

Q&A with Jean-Marc Jouineau, EU Humanitarian Aid expert for Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti

Somali refugees at the Dadaab camp board a bus to take them back to Somalia in January 2016. The returns are done under a repatriation programme overseen by the UNHCR. ©EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie
Returnees are mainly moving to Kismayo, the bustling port city of Jubaland, an autonomous region in southern Somalia, which currently hosts over 17 000 returnees from Kenya. Meanwhile, the Kismayo area is already sheltering some 42 000 people...

Aysel’s Story: One card, changing the lives of refugees in Turkey

Three years ago, Aysel Isa fled Aleppo and arrived in Turkey. She decided to cross the border with her two children after she lost her husband in a barrel bomb attack.Her first stop was Gaziantep, a city in south-east Turkey. Then, because one of...

Eastern Ukraine: Traumatised children find education and counselling at school

Katia with her mother Natalia
Katia Ananieva, a pupil, spends her evenings drawing, playing with a cat or doing her homework in a private house with stove heating in the village of Druzhba in Donetsk region. Her life doesn’t seem to be significantly different from her peers all...

Giving girls the tools to stay safe in post-earthquake Nepal

Young girls in Nepal perform in a play about effects of alcoholism during the workshop. They create their own songs, dances and themes focusing on health and safety issues they had learnt during the programme.
On a cold November day, seven girls stand on a stage in front of their community singing and dancing to a song they wrote about sanitation. Here in the remote village of Laprak, the fog hangs so thick the girls seem to almost disappear into it, but...

Getting my family through the Kenyan drought

Tumme in Kutur, Marsabit County, Kenya.
“We have been in this state of drought for almost 4 years now. Before when it would rain, we would sell our livestock and use the money to buy food and water for the dry season. But this drought has taken so long. We have not managed to get a good...