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Life on Ukraine's frontline: Losing a son and home within four days

17/02/2017
Valentina Petrovna lost her son and her home in the space of four days
Before conflict broke out, Valentina Petrovna worked as a cook in Donetsk. There she lived with her relatives and but would return home to...
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Delivering Critical Aid to Vulnerable Somalis

15/02/2017
Biometric data is used to ensure that registered people receive entitlements
Khadija Maalliim Ali is 25, divorced, jobless and singlehandedly raising six children. She lives with her sister, also a single mother with 4...
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Women and girls need safe and peaceful spaces in Greece

07/02/2017
Female safe spaces provide women with an environment which is free from prejudice and harm.
Living in close quarters with other men means that women’s movement and behaviour is closely scrutinised and if their reputation is perceived of...
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Caring for the Most Vulnerable: Protection in Latin America

01/02/2017
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Maria explains that “Latin America and the Caribbean is a region which highlights three main issues in terms of protection: 'Other Situations of...
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More than Onion and Bread: E-Food Cards for Syrian Refugees in Turkey

31/01/2017
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Şanliurfa province in south-eastern Turkey is home to some 400 000 Syrian refugees. This makes it the region with the largest population of Syrian...

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A volunteer with Action Against Hunger visits a household in Maiduguri where a displaced family lives.   She explains to the mother the basic measures to avoid children from getting sick, and shows her how the multi-coloured band helps measure the child’s
24/02/2017
The situation in northeast Nigeria is beyond alarming. An estimated 5.1 million people are in need of food assistance in 2017.

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Cash transfers in Guatemala help families to buy nutritious food and also stimulate the local economy
21/02/2017
In Guatemala's ‘dry corridor’, recurrent drought has forced many people to leave their homes in search of work. Now, the World Food Programme...

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Afghan girls are now given the opportunity to attend school thanks to an education in emergencies initiative
14/02/2017
For many years, scores of Afghan children have been deprived of their right to education due to the longstanding conflict and the displacement of...

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EU firefighters attend a ceremony of thanks in Santiago, Chile, before returning to Europe.
13/02/2017
On Sunday 12 February, the Chilean government offered an act of recognition to the firefighters of the European Union who collaborated in the fight...

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EU deploys a team to fight the worst forest fires in 50 years
10/02/2017
The European Union activated its European Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCP) to assist Chile with the worst forest fires in 50 years, responding to...

/echo/file/zakaria-when-i-hold-it-my-hands-it-s-bittersweet_enZakaria: “When I hold it in my hands, it’s bittersweet.”

Zakaria: “When I hold it in my hands, it’s bittersweet.”
23/02/2017
Zakaria treasures a plain white undershirt. While it does not look remarkable, for 40-year-old Zakaria Alssayadi, it is the last connection he has...

/echo/file/eu-humanitarian-aid-iraq-helping-people-affected-mosul-offensive_enEU Humanitarian Aid in Iraq: Helping people affected by the Mosul offensive

EU Humanitarian Aid in Iraq: Helping people affected by the Mosul offensive
22/02/2017
As the military operations to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) unfold, protection and assistance of civilians...

/echo/file/refugee-children-greece-learn-language-their-host-country_enRefugee children in Greece learn the language of their host country

Refugee children in Greece learn the language of their host country
21/02/2017
International Mother Language Day reminds us that linguistic diversity opens up true understanding of every culture. At the non-formal school of...

/echo/file/kawther-we-abandoned-everything-it-took-us-25-years-build_enKawther: “We abandoned everything it took us 25 years to build.”

Kawther: “We abandoned everything it took us 25 years to build.”
16/02/2017
Fifty-year-old Kawther Jahwani was forced from her home in Homs, Syria by airstrikes that threatened her family. She escaped to Reyhanli in Turkey –...

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Nizar: “When I wear my costume I feel strong.”
10/02/2017
For many, the moment they had to flee their homes amidst the fighting in Syria was one of choices: what to bring with them. For 5-year-old Nizar...