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In February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in the northeast of Suva, the capital of Fiji. It was one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the South Pacific Region, and it brought intense winds, downpours and flash floods that devastated homes and farmlands.

Responding to the humanitarian needs, the European Commission provided funding to several partners, including the...
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A boy picks up a ball among the trees in the Nariño department, Colombia. Actions like this may look innocuous, but unusual objects lying around in the forest could be disguised landmines.

With 222 new landmine victims recorded in 2015, Colombia still accounts for the second highest number in the world. Knowing how to detect landmines and how to handle an incident is crucial to saving...
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We are at a health centre in Mogadishu, Somalia. Seven-month-old Abdirahmani has his arm measured to monitor his recovery from severe acute malnutrition. "After he was treated and put on the feeding programme, he recovered quickly,” says his mother with relief.

Abdirahmani is one of over 50 000 Somali children who have recovered from severe acute malnutrition, thanks to UNICEF’s work...
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For the past 20 years, violence among armed groups in eastern DR Congo has forced hundreds of thousands of families to flee from their homes. Limited road access, mountainous terrain, and dense rainforest make providing humanitarian aid here extremely difficult.

With support from the European Commission, Medair is delivering life-saving health, water and infrastructure support to some of the...
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"It will be just a little pin prick!"
With funds from the European Commission and in cooperation with the Greek government, Médecins du Monde Greece - Γιατροί του Κόσμου is carrying out a series of vaccination sessions throughout 12 refugee camps in Greece.

In total, 4,500 children will be protected against up to 11 diseases.

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When typhoons Koppu and Melor hit Central Luzon in the Philippines in 2015, Edna Pelayo lost her home and hard-earned savings in an instant. Luckily, nobody in her family got hurt.

With catastrophic damage caused to infrastructure and agriculture, the way to recovery was not easy. But thanks to funding from the European Commission, a consortium of non-governmental organisations implemented a...
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Through its humanitarian department, the European Commission provides funding to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). Managed by the World Food Programme, UNHAS transports humanitarian workers and light cargo to parts of the world where other airlines are unable to access.

In 2016, the EU contributed to operations in Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger,...
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The European Commission is working with EU Member States (Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden) and Norway to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq and help people affected by the crisis in Mosul. To date, these countries have offered over 260 tonnes of relief assistance through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism. The delivered supplies include tents, blankets, generators,...
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In partnership with the European Commission, the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) conducted a training of trainers for hygiene promotion in Unity state, South Sudan. The trainers' task is to pass on their knowledge about principles of hygiene to the local communities.

The PAH emergency response team is building and renovating water and sanitation infrastructure, distributing hygiene kits, and...
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Zahed and Fatima were forced to flee to Turkey in the fall of 2014, after war destroyed their homes in Kobane, Syria. They understand the difficulties and the additional stress that refugees face in a new country.

Today, as information volunteers with CARE (relief agency), they visit other Syrian refugees in the community, providing information on topics such as psychosocial support, early...
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"Humanitarian needs worldwide reached record levels last year. We are mobilising the last reserves of the Commission's 2016 budget to help cover the most urgent needs in countries where the humanitarian response is underfunded," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

€28.7 million has been allocated to respond swiftly to the most urgent needs in...
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One of the world's final frontiers, the village of Limangi used to be cut off from the outside world, tucked deep in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The most vulnerable communities living there had limited access to basic services, including food and health care.

With the support of the EU and the encouragement of the local community, Medair began building bridges over the...
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The Nariño department in Colombia is home to the Awá indigenous group, a remote and isolated community long caught in the crossfire of the country’s 50-year-old conflict. The Awá people have not only suffered threats and violence, but also the destruction of their environment and livelihoods as they are displaced from their lands.

With the support of the European Commission, HelpAge...
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Life is hard in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a remote area of Bangladesh plagued by persistent environmental challenges and alarming food insecurity.

Here, the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are working together to make the most vulnerable and isolated communities more resilient to the recurrent shocks they face. Watch this video to find...
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It’s only been 9 months since Asad arrived in Greece from Idlib, Syria, but he already speaks fluent Greek. “I want to be a doctor and a footballer,” he announces proudly. Right next to him, his younger sister Amal also dreams of becoming a doctor—although she still has to work on her fear of needles. The two siblings are staying at the Accommodation Centre of Thermopylae together with their...
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More than four years after inter-ethnic violence erupted in Rakhine state of Myanmar/Burma in 2012, over 120 000 people remain internally displaced. The vast majority of them are Rohingyas.

The Rohingya crisis is a human rights crisis with serious humanitarian consequences, both in Myanmar/Burma and in the wider region. Since 2012, the EU has provided some € 93 million in humanitarian aid to...
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It is unusual for women in Nepal to participate in construction work. But 23-year-old Sarita Tamang wants to supervise the building of her house, which collapsed in the 2015 earthquake. “It’s important I learn how it’s done in a safe manner,” she says.

Thanks to funding from the European Commission, EU humanitarian partners including DanChurchAid, ICCO Cooperation and Lutheran World Relief...
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When her husband fell victim to the conflict in the Central African Republic, 41-year-old Sadia Bello was left alone with her children and had to flee from her home in Bangui.

Today, Sadia is a beneficiary of the food safety programme funded by the EU and implemented by Oxfam. She has been given seeds and tools to tend the land. With what she grows, she can feed her children and sell the...
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“Ι love all my teachers, all my friends in Greece! In school we learn Greek, English and Maths, but when we go out on a break we play ball games,” says 10-year-old Mari from Palestine.

For the past few months, Mari and her family have been living at the Accommodation Centre for Refugees in Lavrio, Greece. Recently, Mari started going to school again on a daily basis.

Thanks to funding from...
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Children in Paraguay are proudly showing off the personal hygiene kits they received from the European Commission and its humanitarian partners UNICEF, Oxfam and ADRA.

At the beginning of 2016, Paraguay suffered the worst floods in decades, which displaced 150 000 people across the country. In response, the EU mobilised €1.3 million in emergency aid for the most affected communities.

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