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“I hate war and weapons. They took away my education.” The EU and UNICEF help thousands of children in Syria cope with years of conflict.

Six months ago, as violence escalated near their home, Abdullah and his family were faced with another challenge. Together with his parents and six...

Mali: "European humanitarian aid treats 80 000 children each year whose lives are threatened by malnutrition."

expert Marion Saurel gives a presentation on malnutrition
What are the different types of malnutrition?Several forms of malnutrition exist between growth deficits and micronutrient deficiencies. But the two...

Cash as a lifeline for Syrian families in Lebanon

Aman left Syria in 2012 with her children. They crossed the border, registered with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and took their papers...

Back to School in Jordan

Munir Ahmed al-Mahmoud, a volunteer teacher
Muddy shoes pile up at the entrance of the small tent as morning classes are about to begin. A group of children, all Syrian refugees, listen...

"Pen instead of a sword": education to overcome hardships

Luay, young zorro by Unicef Turkey
Luay and his family fled the war in Syria. He says that he "will never return to Syria. There are planes there.” He hates the sounds of planes. Life...


Almost 5 years of war in Yemen have created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 24 million people – 80% of the population – in need of...


Between conflict, poverty, malnutrition and an Ebola outbreak, humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are amongst the most dire...


Hassi Laetach, in southern Mauritania, is a village of some 85 households. Its name literally translates as “those who are thirsty” in the local...


Landmines and shelling. Damaged schools and houses. Limited access to healthcare, water and electricity.


The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a public health emergency of...
The majority of Cambodia’s population are farmers. For centuries, they have relied on the monsoon but climate change makes it unpredictable. A new...
Bashira Om Ismael is 45 years old. Her husband passed away in 2011, leaving her as the sole provider for her children. She often struggles to make...
Fatima wears her pink jacket, her cute headband and her hair up in a ponytail as she heads out to school. With her innocent smile and exuberant...
Lost in Refuge: Jameela’s story
Displaced by one of the most severe conflicts in recent history, more than 3.6 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, where they decided to seek refuge...
Worldwide nearly 75 million children have limited or no access to school because of conflicts or natural disasters. Education is a fundamental human...