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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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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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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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Brigitte holding one of her children while seated in a swing chair on a porch.

In south-east Madagascar, a concerning situation is unfolding as malnutrition rates rise in rural communities. Years of neglect and multiple nature-induced disasters means local communities are now left particularly vulnerable.

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Children study and play in a newly rehabilitated shelter that provides a sense of safety and comfort

“For a year, I felt homeless. I am so grateful to these people for repairing my roof and windows,” says Oksana, resident of the Obukhovychi village in Northern Ukraine.

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‘We are leaving to seek a better life’

For thousands of migrants, Colombia's northern coastal town of Necoclí is the first step of a long journey. The destination: what they hope will be a better life.

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  • Video