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Cholera poses grave risks to pregnant women in conflict-affected Nigeria

Yana, 25, was three months pregnant when she fell sick with cholera just days ago. “I was already suffering, but then I started bleeding, and the baby is gone now,” she told UNFPA in one of the tent wards for cholera…

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UN and EU launch global effort to end violence against women

Violence against women continues to be the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. Roughly one in three women experience physical or sexual assault in her lifetime – and this figure may well be an…

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Leaders at United Nations address sexual violence as a weapon of war

“Our girls were not born to be sexual slaves. Each one of them had a dream or goal for future,” Zina Salim Hassan, a 21-year-old Yazidi advocate, told UNFPA ahead of an United Nations event focusing on the use of…

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UNFPA aid reaches Deir Ez-Zor City for the first time in three years

For the first time in three years, UNFPA has been able to send aid to the city of Deir Ez-Zor, where tens of thousands of people are in urgent need. Relief was provided through a humanitarian convoy organized and…

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Flooding, mudslides leave communities devastated, pregnant women in need

“I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air,” Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, last month.

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As Rohingya refugees pour into Bangladesh, UNFPA deploys midwives, safe spaces

An “unprecedented” flow of Rohingya refugees is crossing the border into Bangladesh, with an estimated 370,000 people pouring across the border since 25 August to escape the latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

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UNFPA responds as entire population of Barbuda evacuated following Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, has destroyed almost all critical facilities in Barbuda, forcing the evacuation of the entire population to Antigua.

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Escape at dawn: running away from child marriage and FGM in Kenya

I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith Kiraison, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained that an…

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“I decide for myself”: South Sudanese woman shows the power of knowledge

Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms. Balang was married,…

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