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Helping refugees cope with winter in Greece

Over the past week temperatures across the Greek mainland plummeted to levels not seen in a decade. Many areas were blanketed with snow: more than a...

No Time to Lose: Delivering Emergency Vaccinations in South Sudan

It’s hot, boiling hot. Sweat drips from the face of the driver onto his shirt but his eyes remain fixed on the road, avoiding the potholes and muddy...

Cash-based Aid Gives Refugees in Turkey Dignity and Choice

With the harsh winter weather life is hard for many of the poorest refugees trying to make a living in Turkey’s capital, Ankara. The bitter cold is...

Somalia: Saving 50 000 Children from Severe Malnutrition

The staff at the Garasbaley Health Centre found he was severely malnourished. He was treated for the diarrhoea and enrolled in the Outpatient...

Philippines: Rising After the Storm

Rebuilding after a major disaster is a huge hurdle to overcome. But for Edna Pelayo, a 27-year-old mother of three from Nueva Ecija in the...


The Sahel has one of the highest acute under-nutrition rates in the world. Chad is among the most affected countries: 727 857 children are facing...

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Chlidren in Fiji After Typhoon Winston
In February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall northeast of Suva, the capital of Fiji, as a Category 5 storm – the strongest category...

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Children in DRC
The eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has known little else but conflict for the past 20 years. Violence among numerous armed groups...


Through its humanitarian department, the European Commission provides a vital lifeline to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).


Over the last half century, Colombia has been devastated by conflict. Despite the recent peace agreement between the Government and the country’s...

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Bangladesh: Building Resilient Livelihoods in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
Chittagong Hill Tracts is an area located in a remote, hilly region in eastern Bangladesh. The impact of a past conflict, the scarcity of...

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Shaimah and the Safe Space
Shaimah is 15 years old and has been living in the Cherso refugee camp in Northern Greece for over six months with her aunt and uncle, having been...

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#EmergencyLessons: School in Emojis
The 2015 earthquake in Nepal killed 9000 people. The lives of thousands of children were shaken apart in a matter of seconds. #EmergencyLessons...

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#EmergencyLessons: Boštjan Nachbar goes back to school to meet children in Guinea
Boštjan Nachbar is a Slovenian basketball player and an Ambassadors for #EmergencyLessons, a campaign seeking to increase awareness, understanding...

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Vietnam: An inclusive approach to better disaster preparedness
With a coastline of stretching more than 3 200 kilometres, Vietnam is exposed to a wide variety of natural disasters, including typhoons, floods and...