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Finding safety and food in Cameroon: The story of Hadidja

A dusty road in eastern Cameroon leads to Gbiti, a small village at the border with the Central African Republic (CAR). The village is home to more than 4 000 refugees of the bloody conflict which erupted over a year ago in CAR. Like in all of the...

Ebola: the EU in one voice

It is 09:57am, Brussels time. The Ebola Task Force daily meeting is about to start in the Crisis Room of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). The clocks on the wall mark the time in countries around the...

In Beqaa Valley, "Winter will be tough"

With his good eye, Abu Abbas focuses on the ashtray resting on the mat. A young autistic boy runs around him in the tent. To his right, a window has been cut into the chipboard which acts as a wall. It lets a trace of sunlight come in to chase away...

One single case of Ebola can re-start an outbreak anytime, anywhere: Interview with ECHO expert in Liberia

How did you find the situation in Liberia when you arrived last September?The epidemic was still at its peak. Cases had been doubling every 2 to 3 weeks. You would still find bodies abandoned in the streets or hidden in the bush. Denial had been...

From desk to field: a mission to Jordan

The haunting, modulated sound of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer stirred me from my sleep and reminded me how far I was from my own bed in that moment. I was on mission in Amman, Jordan, and the next three days would bring many insights...