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View from a camp in Myanmar – one family's story from before the recent crisis

More than 600,000 people, most of them Rohingya, have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August, representing a massive escalation in an already grave humanitarian crisis. Yet many people remain in Myanmar, living in...

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Running for her life: A journey of violence, displacement and healing

Dalia Asinde was married 16 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was 22 and in love, she said. But her husband soon became violent – and relentless. She lost count of the beatings, insults and torments...

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“I felt like a prisoner”: Spousal violence in Iraq

“There are lots of setbacks in life, but what matters is standing up again,” said 33-year-old Cojine*. She would know. She endured years of spousal abuse.

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Los jóvenes participan en campaña para poner fin a los noviazgos violentos

Con tan sólo 16 años de edad, Laura* ya ha vivido experiencias de violencia de parte de su pareja. “Durante dos años soporté violencia verbal y hasta física,” afirma en referencia a un ex novio. “Es una de las peores...

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UNFPA scales up response after Iraq earthquake

In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls.

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Una historia de violencia: 16 objetos muestran la realidad de la violencia de género en el mundo

“Eso es lo único que quedó de mis dientes después de haber sido golpeada por mi esposo,” comenta Ameera*, una víctima de violencia que se encuentra en un albergue para mujeres en la región suroeste de Yemen.

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In Pakistan, empowering midwives to empower women

Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition. When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi, gave birth under the care of a trained health worker. “Unskilled,...

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Solar lanterns light perilous path to shared toilets in Myanmar refugee camps

WAINGMAY, Myanmar – Khin Khin shudders when she thinks about walking in the dark from her shelter to the shared toilet. “I never feel safe to go to the toilet at night,” she said.

In Myanmar, 1.5 million...

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For most vulnerable Nigerian women, high rates of traumatic birth injury

“One week after I delivered my second child, I realized that there was an issue,” Aisha told UNFPA from her hospital bed in Maiduguri, in north-east Nigeria. She had developed an obstetric fistula, a devastating...

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