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Displaced in Iraq: “A safe place is enough for us.”

19/09/2016
We meet Rahima in a dimly-lit room in her makeshift shelter in a dusty suburb of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. A piece of torn cloth, flapping in the hot...
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Empowering Central African refugees in Cameroon

13/09/2016
Central African women working to reinforce their shelters’ roofs in Ngam refugee camp, Meiganga, Cameroon. © European Union/ECHO/Aminata Diagne Barre
Heavy rains batter Mbilé refugee camp in the east of Cameroon, as Adamou Bakoho, a former breeder and chairman of the 'Committee of Wise Refugee Men...
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Refugee baby in Greece triumphs against the odds

09/09/2016
As Khadji* welcomes me into her tent, she asks me to have a seat on the ground and she places her little sleeping baby Bikas* on a makeshift bed....
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Delivering assistance to displaced populations in northern Afghanistan

08/09/2016
Hundreds of families have been displaced to the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khumri, Afghanistan. © People in Need
“One morning I heard the sound of gunshots close to our village. We grabbed everything we could and left home,” recounts Sher Ali, one of the many...
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From football coaches to hairdressers, camp community in Greece puts everyone's skills to use

01/09/2016
At Skaramagas camp in Greece, there are teachers, doctors, lawyers, translators, seamstresses, hairdressers, football coaches…you name it. People...

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Hardship in the Desert: Tens of Thousands Fleeing Fallujah Still Left Stranded
Hardship in the Desert: Tens of Thousands Fleeing Fallujah Still Left Stranded
22/09/2016
This week, the first Iraqi families returned to their homes after the war-ravaged city of Fallujah was recaptured by Iraqi forces earlier this summer...

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19/08/2016
One month after hundreds died in fighting between government and opposition forces that broke out on 8 July, 2016 in Juba, South Sudan, thousands of...

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09/08/2016
Mongolia: Helping herder families following the harsh 'Dzud' winter Mongolia witnessed a strong 'Dzud' climatic phenomenon...

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A lifeline for refugees from the Central African Republic
05/08/2016
Waves of refugees fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) have found shelter in Cameroon. In 2015, total EU humanitarian funds to...

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Ethiopia: When food assistance arrives on time
22/07/2016
More than thirty years ago, Ethiopia was struck by a severe famine caused by extreme drought, which killed an estimated 1 million people and...

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Bangladesh: Improving livelihoods in Satkhira through agriculture and social protection
21/09/2016
In Bangladesh’s south-western district of Satkhira, flooding is such a regular occurrence that entire areas are waterlogged for months on end. This ...

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Eastern Ukraine: Helping those who need it the most
16/09/2016
Millions of people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian aid due to the conflict in the eastern part of the country. The prolonged fighting has led...

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Nepal: Building back better after the earthquake
15/09/2016
Central Nepal was struck by a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in April 2015. The powerful tremor did not only result in a devastating loss of...

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Lesotho: Cash assistance for El Niño victims
12/09/2016
The 2015-16 El Niño phenomenon brought about a devastating drought that swept across large swathes of Southern Africa, destroying crops and livestock...

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Using music and dance to improve health in a Tanzania refugee camp
06/09/2016
Music, dance and drumming are omnipresent in the countries of Africa’s Great Lakes region. In the Nyarugusu refugee camp in western Tanzania,...