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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


Ritsona refugee camp


A girl carries a bundle of grass back home in the late afternoon at the Protection of Civilians site (PoC), near Bentiu, South Sudan, February 12, 2017. Some 200 000 internally displaced people are living in PoCs at UN Mission compounds across the country
War and a collapsing economy have left some 100 000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine has now been declared.


One of the inhabitants in the gloomy fortress-like building is Amina, 37. In 2015, she fled her village in Syria with her husband and three daughters. With the family savings running out, a cash grant of around $100 (USD) per month now allows her to stay
Iraq is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with 11 million people—nearly one-third of its population—in need of immediate...


Ebola survivors tell their tales
Guinea’s Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola on March 23, 2014. The virus went on to infect more than 28,000 people across West Africa.


Children attend school in Assam, India
Home to a multitude of different tribes and ethnic groups, north-eastern India has witnessed multiple insurgencies and a series of ethnic conflicts...

/echo/file/meet-khalil-refugee-baby-born-greece_enMeet Khalil: a refugee baby born in Greece

Meet Khalil: a refugee baby born in Greece
This is the story of baby Khalil*. He was born in Greece and has spent his first few months of life in a refugee camp. His family arrived in Greece...

/echo/file/food-children-syria_enFood for the children of Syria

Food for the children of Syria
After six years of devastating conflict in Syria, almost half of the country's population struggles to put enough food on their plates. For kids like...

/echo/file/afghanistan-providing-emergency-education-returning-refugee-children_enAfghanistan: Providing emergency education to returning refugee children

Afghanistan: Providing emergency education to returning refugee children
Decades of conflict and insecurity have forced countless Afghan families to flee from their homes, stripping children of their right to access...

/echo/file/30-000-litres-happiness-water-children-paraguay_en30 000 litres of happiness: water for children in Paraguay

30 000 litres of happiness: water for children in Paraguay
A joint project of UNICEF and EU Humanitarian Aid Operations helped in several communities affected by El Niño phenomenon in Paraguay. The project...

/echo/file/ex-child-soldiers-learn-new-skills_enEx-child soldiers learn new skills

Ex-child soldiers learn new skills
Conflict is ever-present in Somalia where armed groups continue to recruit young boys and girls. Recently released, 900 children are being taught new...