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Amrita Bhagwandin was in Queens, New York, when Hurricane Ida hit on 1 September 2021
UNU-EHS / Kyle Obermann.

First person: Surviving a deadly hurricane in New York

As extreme weather events grow in intensity and frequency, nowhere is guaranteed to be safe from danger, as New Yorkers discovered on 1 September 2021, when Hurricane Ida struck, causing floods that led to some 29 deaths, and shutting down much of the subway system. Amrita Bhagwandin was at her home in the New York Borough of Queens on that traumatic day.

A group of women holds hands as they breathe in deeply, guided by an IOM psychosocial counsellor.
Photo: IOM/Léo Torréton

First Person: Helping Afghan women to heal

Najiba*, a mother, counsellor, and former university lecturer, helps women heal from trauma in Afghanistan. Despite threats and restrictions on her freedom to move, she continues to enable women to learn and heal.