3 July 2019
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Fadia was the first baby born in the UNFPA-supported hospitainer facility in Al-Hol Camp in northern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
AL HOL CAMP, Syria – “I never expected that I would be in this situation and suffer so much,” 18-year-old Khadeeja told a UNFPA health worker in the Al-Hol Camp in northeastern Syria, where some 75,000 people have... Read more
1 July 2019
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Ms. Kaleso suffered stigma and isolation stemming from fistula for a year before she got treatment. © UNFPA Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi – Monica Kaleso loved to go to school. She studied hard and never missed class. Her dream of becoming a medical doctor was on course until 2013, when, at the age of 17, she began a relationship with a... Read more
28 June 2019
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"We lost all our belongings – including the new clothes we had bought for the baby," Tatenda Sithole, from Rusitu. © UNFPA Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe – Chioniso Mutenda, 18 years old and nine months pregnant, lies on a bed in Mutambara Mission Hospital’s maternity waiting home. She is tired but relieved. Until recently, her safety and health were not... Read more
21 June 2019
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A Syrian refugee in northern Iraq. © UNFPA/Seivan Salim
DOHUK, Iraq – “I was only 12 years old when I got married to my 25-year-old cousin,” Najma*, from a Syria, told UNFPA recently. “My mother entered my room at around 5 pm while I was sitting on the floor, colouring in my... Read more
12 June 2019
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Participants in the ‘Beauty for All’ course show off their new skills at a graduation ceremony in April. Photo courtesy of L’Oréal
KYIV, Ukraine – Not long ago, Olena* feared for her life and for her children. For years, husband assaulted her physically and sexually. He threatened to kill her if she ever left. But she found the strength to protect... Read more
11 June 2019
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Fighting for girls’ right to say no to child marriage in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan – When Poni Helen found out she was pregnant at 16, she was confused and had no idea where the situation would lead. She only had one thing in mind and she was certain of it – she wanted to continue... Read more
5 June 2019
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Large numbers of people are bypassing immigration controls as they exit Venezuela. © Tomer Urwicz
CÚCUTA, Colombia – Not long ago, 15-year-old Nelsmar attended a middle-class school in central Venezuela. That was before her family was uprooted by the economic and humanitarian crisis in her country, which has pushed... Read more
4 June 2019
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Midwife Imama (left) checks on Salma and her newborn in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Fahima Tajrin
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/VANCOUVER, Canada – Salma cradled her newborn daughter in the shade, seeking relief from the heat of her tarpaulin shack in the crowded refugee camp where they live. Her older daughter and a few... Read more
3 June 2019
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Ms. Bedla and midwife Ms. Ruanto at the San Roque health centre. © UNFPA Philippines/Reginald Sarmenta
ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – “My husband and I have eight children. Life can be hard, and I do not want to get pregnant right now.”   With a smile, 39-year-old Maricel Bedla eagerly waits to learn about, and gain access... Read more
28 May 2019
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UNFPA holds sessions raising awareness about gender-based violence, and the availability of support services, in a displacement camp in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen/OSLO, Norway – When Maram* showed up at her parents' house, battered and bruised by her husband, her mother urged her to be less stubborn, more obedient – anything to avoid a divorce. It was a nightmare... Read more

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