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15 September 2017
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UNFPA delivered hygiene supplies to the city of Deir Ez-Zor, which had been inaccessible to humanitarians for three years. © Syrian Arab Red Crescent
For the first time in three years, UNFPA has been able to send aid to the city of Deir Ez-Zor, where tens of thousands of people are in urgent need. Relief was provided through a humanitarian convoy organized and... Read more
14 September 2017
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UNFPA staff survey the aftermath of the disaster, which has affected thousands of households. © UNFPA/Sulaiman Stephens
“I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air,” Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, last month.
13 September 2017
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UNFPA is providing dignity kits, which contain hygiene and safety supplies, as well as deploying midwives and establishing safe spaces. © UNFPA Bangladesh
An “unprecedented” flow of Rohingya refugees is crossing the border into Bangladesh, with an estimated 370,000 people pouring across the border since 25 August to escape the latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
12 September 2017
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The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination carried out a rapid assessment in Antigua and Barbuda on 8 September. © Silva Lauffer/UNDAC
Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, has destroyed almost all critical facilities in Barbuda, forcing the evacuation of the entire population to Antigua.
6 September 2017
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Faith (centre) with her friends Sylvia (right) and Vivian, who all ran away from home to avoid female genital mutilation and child marriage. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith Kiraison, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained that an... Read more
5 September 2017
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Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang speaks with a midwife during her antenatal check-up at the Kiir Mayardit Women's Hospital in Rumbek. ©UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano
Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms. Balang was married,... Read more
1 September 2017
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Pregnant women wait to be screened at the Kalomba health center during a UNFPA-supported mobile clinic. © UNFPA DRC
Jacqueline Lusambo is 18 and pregnant, and has spent the last six months living in the bush, hiding from the conflict that rages through Kasai Central, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
29 August 2017
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Retired but not tired. This is how people describe Hauwa Lassa, a nurse and midwife who came out of retirement to care for women and girls affected by the conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. “I have been working in the... Read more
29 August 2017
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Babita Rishidev waded for hours in murky floodwaters, carrying her 38-day-old infant. © UNFPA Nepal/Hari Bhusal
Devastating floods have caused widespread displacement and destruction in southern Nepal, a disaster that has put pregnant women, post-partum mothers and other vulnerable women and girls at serious risk.
28 August 2017
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Sileshi Deguale recounts his story, explaining why family planning was the right choice for himself and his wife. © UNFPA Ethiopia
Sileshi Deguale said it was last year that he made the biggest decision of his life, a choice that would help his wife regain her health by protecting her from unplanned pregnancies – he got a vasectomy.

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