From the Field

FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma

After fleeing her home in Macina, a small village in central Mali, where she was due to be forced into marriage against her will, 16-year-old Fatouma took shelter with her brother.

FROM THE FIELD: Liberia boosts efforts to guard against rising seas

With rising sea levels due to climate change already affecting coastal communities in Liberia, there are fears that densely populated parts of the capital Monrovia could be submerged, unless action is taken.

FROM THE FIELD: One teen's journey from refugee camp to US school principal

After escaping from two years of captivity at the hands of Mai Mai rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bertine Bahige was relieved to end up in a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) camp, in faraway Mozambique.

FROM THE FIELD: 'Hope' on the horizon as UN Peacekeepers push deep into Mali

UN peacekeepers in Mali have given what villagers in a remote part of the West African country have called a “real glimmer of hope.” 

FROM THE FIELD: Powering up health care in Sub-Saharan Africa

Solar power is helping make universal healthcare a reality in places where unreliable power supplies regularly affect access to vital services, and can out people’s lives at risk, thanks to support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

FROM THE FIELD: Persons with disabilities bike towards sustainability

People with disabilities in Ukraine are contributing to the development of a network of environmentally friendly bicycle routes which are helping to protect unique local landscapes.

FROM THE FIELD: South Sudan's green shoots, highlight environmental recovery from war

Some 5,000 seedlings of trees indigenous to South Sudan are being distributed to schools, sports centres and other public meeting places by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS, as part of its commitment to countering climate change.

FROM THE FIELD: Guinean peacekeepers walk a fine line in Mali

A team of Guinean peacekeepers deployed to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, (MINUSMA) is playing a key role in removing explosives from areas in which the mission is operating.

FROM THE FIELD: Urban Mexico moves toward better livelihoods, cleaner cities

Mexico is improving the lives of the 80 percent of its inhabitants residing in cities, by pushing towards less polluted, more eco-friendly environments, thanks to support from the UN.

FROM THE FIELD: Photos highlight agony of West African civil wars

The role of two photographers who raised global awareness of civilian suffering during Liberia’s brutal civil war, is being celebrated in a new photographic exhibition which opens on Friday night in New York, supported by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.