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Colombia: "Women play a vital role in mine clearance"

Colombia:

Marta Quintero was fortunate. “When I was 14, I stumbled on a mine as I was walking through my village,” she explains. “It was so damp, it didn’t go off.”  Colombia's conflict zones are littered with mines. According to official figures, more than 11,102 people were killed or maimed by...

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Refugee crisis: World must rise to meet the challenge

Refugee crisis: World must rise to meet the challenge

Persecution or armed violence have forcibly displaced more than 65 million people worldwide, according to the UNHCR. On Monday, September 19, the United Nations General Assembly is gathering in New York for the first-ever high level meeting looking specifically at this beleaguered community of the global homeless. Ahead of...

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Growing Together: The early years

Growing Together: The early years

Nilutpaul, a disability officer from Bangladesh, carefully places his doll on her tummy. He listens as the trainers guide him through the early child development training. Soon, he will be the one to teach community workers and caregivers the importance of tummy time for young babies.  “Caregivers need to understand...

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Gaming for good

Gaming for good

In November 2016, Dragon City, a game in which players breed and fight dragons against friends in a world of magical islands, hosted a charity event called Tuber Tournament. Dragon City game developers, Social Point, broke six gaming YouTubers into two teams–Cereal Killers and Disco Ninjas–to battle it out for...

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Ukraine must not be forgotten

Ukraine must not be forgotten

On Monday, January 23, Arnaud Pont, who helps manage projects in Ukraine for Handicap International, attended in Brussels The Human Face of the Eastern Conflict conference, which is addressing the humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict. Arnaud gives an update on this forgotten crisis. Ukraine's current situation The conflict...

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Colombia: gearing up to demine

Colombia: gearing up to demine

World's second most-densely mined country Ravaged by 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia is the world’s second-most densely mined country, just behind Afghanistan. Mines and explosive remnants of war contaminate land in 31 of Colombia's 32 regions. Since 1990, the use of improvised explosive devices has become systematic, generating more...

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Figures

Figures

A few days ago I went to the store to grab a few items. As I was checking out, the cashier looked to me and said, “It’s nice to see you guys out and about.” Confused at first because I was by myself, she proceeded to explain that she...

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Bangladesh: A decent job for Abul

Bangladesh: A decent job for Abul

When I first met Abul, he was making the finishing touches on a beautiful headboard, sanding down the edges to ensure the finishing was smooth. Prior to working at a carpentry shop in Sitakunda Upazila, a sub-district in rural Bangladesh, Abul spent two hours each day commuting on public transportation...

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Syria: A family escapes conflict

Syria: A family escapes conflict

“We left Syria three years ago because of the bombing,” Haitham explains. “Our home was destroyed and my wife died of her shrapnel wounds. Other members of my family were killed too, and it traumatized the children. We lost everything, but my wife is my greatest loss. She can’t be...

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Iraq: "We had to start from scratch"

Iraq:

Sarmad is holding his infant son, Anas, in his arms. “I’m constantly afraid for him,” he admits. “I’m afraid what happened to me will happen to him." "I was injured when a car packed with explosives plowed into a group," Sarmad explains. "Dozens of local people came to help us...

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