12 December 2018
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RABAT, Morocco – “I had always felt lonely. All doors were closed.” For 25 years, Alkabira* suffered her husband’s physical and verbal abuse in silence. “Broken...that’s how I felt.” She had long contemplated ending her... Read more
12 November 2018
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When her friend became unexpectedly pregnant at an early age, Azlifa sought a way to share sexual and reproductive health information with other young people kept in the dark about their bodies.  © UNFPA Maldives/Tatiana Almeida
MALE’, Maldives – When Azlifa was 11 years old, something troubling happened to her friend. “She dropped out of school,” Azlifa remembers. “Her family was very upset. Everyone on the island – it was a very small... Read more
9 November 2018
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SANA’A, Yemen – Four years into conflict, Yemen has become home to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Over 22 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. Two thirds of the population do not... Read more
5 November 2018
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During conflict, the most intimate – and taboo – health needs of women and girls are often overlooked. Marie Anny, 13, is one of 7,000 women and girls of reproductive age in Angola's Lóvua refugee settlement. © UNFPA Angola
LUNDA NORTE PROVINCE, Angola – The March 2017 outbreak of violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced some 1.4 million people and forced over 35,000 others to flee to Lunda Norte... Read more
22 October 2018
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Without safe houses, girls will be cut,” said human rights activist Rhobi Samwelly, who runs two safe houses for girls in the Butiama and Serengeti districts of Tanzania’s largely rural Mara... Read more
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
9 October 2018
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Girls and women in Syria’s Areesha camp have flocked to UNFPA-supported safe spaces for health and social services, including literacy courses. ©UNFPA Syria
AL HASSAKEH, Syria – Ghalia*, 18, never went to school. There were none in her village. Instead, she worked in the fields alongside her sisters and father, despite his lifelong dream for the girls. “My father always... 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
27 September 2018
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ADEN, Yemen – Seventeen-year-old Samah was six months pregnant when her house in Hodeidah was bombed.  “We ran with only the clothes we were wearing – there was no time even to get my abaya,” she recalled. “We travelled... Read more

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