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A woman sitting on a park bench seen from the back, in the background ruined buildings.

"Unbreakable" best describes Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. It has faced almost daily Russian shelling since the beginning of the full-scale war. Aerial bombs, missiles, and drones have destroyed infrastructure, devastated residential buildings, and claimed countless lives.

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Sara and Natalia, holding each other while laughing.

When a criminal group threatened Sara* and her family, she took the difficult decision to leave their home in search of asylum. As many fellow Mexicans, she embarked on a journey full of hardships to find safety and to secure a better future for her children. 

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  • Field blog
A man standing close to a wood burner. Several items are hanging at the surrounding walls.

After 13 years of devastating conflict and a powerful earthquake that struck in 2023, 14 million Syrians were forced to abandon their homes and continue struggling to keep afloat amid frequent military operations, the increasing costs of living and a lack of access to basic services.

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Safe childbirth in times of conflict and displacement 04

In Sudan, conflict has resulted in the internal displacement of over 10 million people, the highest displacement in the world. The recent outbreak in April 2023 forced more than 9 million people from their homes, some for the second or third time.

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  • Field blog
Breaking barriers: from banker to deminer 01

Formerly employed in a bank for five years, 27-year-old Diana changed her life and focused on her passion of making a difference in her hometown, Mykolaiv, Ukraine. Since October 2023, Diana has been working as a deminer for Danish Church Aid (DCA), specialising in non-technical surveys (NTS).

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Cover of the graphic novel partly on top of 2 opened pages.

How are Afghans doing more than 2 years after the withdrawal of international troops? And more specifically, how is access to healthcare in the country? To answer those questions, a graphic novel, takes readers through a working day in its health centres in the country.

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4 years, 1 year, 3 months… the time people have spent in displacement sites around Mopti varies. But the reason they fled their homes is almost always the same: a brutal attack on their village. Aichata recounts how she, her husband, and children escaped on foot, leaving everything behind.

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  • Field blog