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Turkey: The duty of solidarity

01/07/2015
Syria was itself once a haven for refugees. In 1948, most of the Palestinians who fled to Syria were from the northern part of Palestine. A further...
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Ethiopia: Safe hygiene practices contribute to better lives

24/06/2015
Aster Alaro, a mother of four boys and three girls, lives together with her husband Ato Ermiyas Moliso in a tin-roofed mud house in Duguna Damot...
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Refugees of the world’s longest ongoing conflict: Interview with the Head of ECHO's Office for Colombia

22/06/2015
Who are Colombia’s refugees, and how many are there currently?Currently 396 633 Colombians are in need of international protection in Ecuador or...
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Mariupol, Ukraine: EU humanitarian aid on the frontline

18/06/2015
Elena Kozhemyakina will never forget the sounds of the rockets that screamed in from the east and slammed into her house last January. Her family...
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Syrian crisis: "You give, because they are humans, like us. It’s that simple"

16/06/2015
Iraq, Kurdistan region. The fourth country I travel to in the space of a week.There’s a depressing pattern to what I see as I travel across the...
02/07/2015
In 2014, more than 63 000 minors from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala were apprehended at the border between Mexico and the United States. They...
18/06/2015
It’s hard enough being a refugee anywhere in the world, having to uproot and leave your home, friends and family behind. But can you imagine being a...
17/06/2015
Over the past four years, Syrians have witnessed and been victims of brutal fighting throughout the country. As a result, it is estimated that in...
01/06/2015
A fierce internal armed conflict is spreading chaos and destruction across Iraq and forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians out of their homes in...
28/05/2015
Haiti is located on the second-largest island in the Caribbean – the most hurricane-prone sea in the world. Floods, massive mudslides and earthquakes...
30/06/2015
When Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck the Philippines in November 2013, over four million people were displaced, their houses...
29/06/2015
Ebalo is just one of thousands of refugee children the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is helping to educate in Nyarugusu camp in north-western...
26/06/2015
On 6 May 2015, Turkey signed an agreement to join the EU Civil Protection Mechanism – a mechanism created in 2001 to enable coordinated assistance...
23/06/2015
"They denied me refuge. I work wherever I can as a housemaid. On Saturdays, from four in the morning, I go to the small shop around the corner and...
22/06/2015
As Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire enters its fifth month, sporadic fierce fighting continues. Shells still fall on homes, gunshots can be heard in many...