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Youth volunteers in Iran show their selfies to promote role of young people

KERMAN, Iran – “Youth are the capital of Iran,” said Zahra Akbari, 27, at a UNFPA-supported training session for youth volunteers, held in in Kerman, Iran. The volunteers – all young women – also took part in UNFPA’s #…

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Serving Syrian refugee women amid Iraq's escalating crisis

AMMAN/NEW YORK - Over 200,000 Syrian refugees are living in Iraq, having escaped the four-year-long conflict in their homeland. Yet for some, the move offers little respite from crisis: A UNFPA assessment has shown that…

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Liberia's Ebola outbreak leaves pregnant women stranded

MONROVIA, Liberia – Ebola has devastated health systems in Liberia, where the outbreak appears to be intensifying. UNFPA is providing protective gear to health workers and safe delivery kits to health facilities,…

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Displaced Ukrainians find help, hope

LVIV, Ukraine – Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Many are women with children, like Ketevan, a young woman whose recent displacement from Artemivsk, a city…

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On World Humanitarian Day, celebrating UNFPA’s humanitarian heroes

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I was looking for a fulfilling, out-of-the-ordinary task... a motivating career where I could reach society at large and offer my expertise," said Catherine Njeri Makumi.

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Highest-level of emergency declared in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UN officials have declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency,” the highest-level emergency designation. Over a million people have been displaced.

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UN Secretary-General and Malala Yousafzai join #showyourselfie campaign

UNITED NATIONS, New York – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and global girls’ rights icon Malala Yousafzai are the latest people to lend their support to UNFPA and the Global Poverty Project’s #…

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Quadruplets born in rural DRC, with help of emergency obstetric programme

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo -“In one day, my world changed,” said Bokoli Bepete, 36, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was something of an understatement: Ms. Bepete had just given birth…

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Syrian crisis takes heaviest toll on region’s women and girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York - The Syrian crisis continues to send shockwaves through the region, taking the heaviest toll on women and girls. Some 10.8 million people are affected by the emergency in Syria, including 432,…

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