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First Person: One year on from Haiti earthquake, time to return home

On 14 August 2021 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, destroying, or rendering uninhabitable tens of thousands of houses across three departments in the south of Haiti, including Plaisimond Milaure’s home. Since then, she’s been living in a tent outside the city of Les Cayes, supported by UN agencies. One year on, she is ready to return.

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Children put on a play at the Shatila Palestine Refugee Camp in Beirut.
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Children put on a play at the Shatila Palestine Refugee Camp in Beirut.

Children affected by conflict cannot wait for their education

Culture and EducationFrom Ethiopia to Chad and Palestine, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UN’s fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, is helping millions of boys and girls affected by conflict around the world to pursue their dreams.

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

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