16 October 2018
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Some 88,000 people have been displaced by the twin disasters in Indonesia's hardest-hit areas. Ibu Fariati and her family now share a tent with six other families. © UNFPA Indonesia/Stenly hely Sajow
DONGGALA, Indonesia – “I am so scared. I can’t even describe it,” Ibu Fariati, 27, told UNFPA. On 28 September, Ms. Fariati’s home collapsed in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that, just 30 minutes later by some accounts,... Read more
1 December 2015
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KRAMATORSK, Ukraine - Zhanna*, 36, is an HIV-positive mother of two in the conflict-affected Donetsk Region of Ukraine. She says she contracted HIV from her former partner, a man who beat and raped her. Her candour... Read more
2 October 2018
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ITOGON, Philippines – On 16 September, Ginalyn Franco awoke to a storm. “The rains were so powerful that landslides started happening near our house,” she said. “We had no choice but to leave.” With her grandmother and... Read more
10 September 2018
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Active conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is thwarting efforts to deliver life-saving sexual and reproductive health care to women and girls in need. © UNFPA Democratic Republic of the Congo
MANGINA, Democratic Republic of the Congo – On 1 August, just one week after the World Health Organization declared an end to the ninth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the tenth struck.  “We had... Read more
23 August 2018
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Women may face disappointment, stigma or even isolation if they cannot have children. A UNFPA-supported counsellor watches over a child in Amiriyat al-Falloujah camp. © UNFPA Iraq/Salwa Moussa
DOHUK, Iraq – Thirteen years ago, in Damascus, Syria, Rawa* fell in love. “It was perfect back then,” she said. She was a 30-year-old kindergarten teacher at the time. Both she and her husband were eager to start a... Read more
17 August 2018
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“My husband was very strict,” Gemila*, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, told UNFPA. “He wanted to crush people.”
SANLIURFA, Turkey – “My husband was very strict,” Gemila*, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, told UNFPA. “He wanted to crush people.” Gemila had been married off, despite her protests, at age 17. A few years into her... Read more
9 August 2018
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Halima, now 19, is a paralegal dedicated to helping women and girls. © UNFPA Chad/Théodore Somda
BOL, Chad – Halima Yakoy Adam was once a human bomb.  When she was only 15, her husband brought her to an island near the border of Nigeria. They were going on a fishing trip, he said. Instead, he took her to a Boko... Read more
8 August 2018
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A post-partum mother with her newborn at the Al Thawra Hospital ward. © UNFPA Yemen
HODEIDAH, Yemen – Escalating violence in Hodeidah, Yemen, threatens the city’s estimated 90,000 pregnant women and girls, UNFPA has announced. Some 14,000 of these women and girls are likely to encounter pregnancy-... Read more
6 August 2018
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Dr. Hadel Bakjaje says certain vaginal infections "can become chronic and can cause miscarriages and early births." © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet
SANLIURFA, Turkey – Refugee women and girls face extraordinary hardships. They endure grave risks and often brutal violence, and many are thrust into poverty. But they can also face another, more intimate, hardship, one... Read more
31 July 2018
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Me Me teaches adolescent girls in the camp about their health and human rights, and helps them understand their own potential. © UNFPA Myanmar
RAKHINE, Myanmar – Harlee Dar, 14, does not go to school. There are no books, TV or radio in the family’s small shelter, which is sweltering in the summer and rain-beaten during monsoon season. Asked what she does when... Read more

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