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10 New Year’s resolutions to help change the world

War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the UN Refugee Agency announced in June. And progress seems painfully slow:…

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After long nightmare in Ukraine, displaced family finds peace

Tetiana* and her husband were abducted and savagely abused after conflict broke out in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. After months of torment, they and their nine children were driven from their home and forced to start…

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Largest humanitarian aid delivery reaches tens of thousands in Mosul

The largest single humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul was completed today. It was the first time in two weeks security conditions permitted humanitarian agencies to reach the area.

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New device brings midwifery education to remote, offline communities

A powerful new tool is training midwives, health professionals and individuals in poor and remote locations. Piloted in March in Ethiopia and Tanzania, this tool, a mobile, solar-powered projector pre-loaded with health…

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Namibian hackathon takes on scourge of gender violence

In many ways, Lelanie Basson is the picture of an empowered woman. But the best-selling Namibian author and entrepreneur remembers darker times: an abusive relationship that turned her life upside down. “He would…

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After escape, former ISIL slaves face new challenges

“I was raped. I hated life and attempted suicide,” described Maha*, a 19-year-old Yazidi woman who was abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh or ISIS). She was enslaved, transported…

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Midwives saving lives in hurricane-devastated Haiti

"I was twisting in pain this Friday,” 31-year-old Emmanuella Jeanty told UNFPA, describing her labour pains. She was in Beaumont, a town in southwest Haiti where Hurricane Matthew had left a trail of devastation…

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Around the world, activists call for an end to violence against women

Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. But a global chorus of voices is calling for change. Today is the start of an international campaign, 16 Days of Activism…

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“They would be taking us in as wives”: Boko Haram survivors recount horrors, escape

“It was during the quiet hours, about 8:30pm, that Boko Haram came,” 15-year-old Goggoji told UNFPA. “I could see fire as houses were burnt.” She and her mother were captured by the militant group and loaded onto trucks…

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