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First Person: ‘We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together’

Mahbouba Sera, one of the world’s most prominent women’s rights activists, chose to stay in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in August 2021, to witness what was happening to her country, and to work for a society that benefits all of its people.

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McBean Lagoon National Natural Park is located in Providencia, an eight-square-mile Colombian island off that country's northern coast.
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McBean Lagoon National Natural Park is located in Providencia, an eight-square-mile Colombian island off that country's northern coast.

After the storm: what an environmental tragedy can teach us about climate resilience and ecosystem restoration

Climate and EnvironmentA tiny Caribbean Island known as 'the flower of the ocean' was decimated by Hurricane Iota in 2020. Although the loss of human life was minimal, the impact on precious ecosystems deeply changed the perspective of its inhabitants. Two years later, they’re still working to restore their environmental treasures and preparing for whatever curveballs climate change might throw at them next.

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Munni was married at age 14, but after her husband left when she became pregnant, the Bangladeshi girl was sold to a brothel by a man who offered to find her a job.
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Photo story: No country untouched by human trafficking

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. The vast majority of those trafficking women and girls do so for purposes of sexual exploitation.

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An Afghan girl in the Nawabad District of Kabul, Afghanistan.
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UN agencies recommitment to women, girls in Afghanistan one year after Taliban takeover

Women A year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan has led to a deterioration in the lives of women and girls, affecting all aspects of their human rights, three UN agencies reported on Monday.  

A mother and her two-year-old son are treated for malnutrition at a hospital in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
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Humanitarian funding still needed for ‘pure catastrophe’ situation in Afghanistan

Humanitarian Aid Although $4.4 billion is required to fund humanitarian operations in Afghanistan, $1.8 billion has been received so far, or roughly 40 per cent, a senior UN official told journalists in New York on Monday, warning of the dire consequences as winter approaches.