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Here are our stories and news items from previous years. Please click on each year to read the articles from that year.

The villagers took part in building the walls that now protect them and their crops against floods. Photo: Mission East Afghanistan
A village in northwestern Afghanistan used to be hard hit by floods that washed out crops as well as houses. Then Mission East helped the villagers build three protection walls to divert the water.
Mission East is training local communities in how to handle disasters. In this photograph, local villagers are trained in search and rescue work. Photo: Bibek Karki
Mission East saves lives in Nepal – now and many years ahead – by training the population to reduce the risk of disasters. Lizz Harrison, an expert in disaster risk reduction, and explains how. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer, July 3 2017
A small Tajik boy with a disability is stimulated in one of the ’play corners’ that Mission East has founded in the impoverished country in Central Asia. Photo: Muyassar Odinaev
‘Defective humans’ – this is how people with disabilities were perceived in the Soviet Union. This attitude still exists in Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet republics, but Mission East is working to change it.
Zikrullo has visited the play corner for three years. He learns about numbers and letters and talks about everyday things by looking at picture books. Photo: Muyassar Odinaev
School no 53 in the village of Marghedar appreciated having a play corner where children with disabilities can learn numbers, letters and IT at their own speed. The lessons enable more children to go to school and become part of the local community.
The twins Ruzanna and Syuzanna have not had an easy life, but they are now attending university. Parents, friends, their own spirit and the Armenian partner of Mission East have helped them get this far. Photo: Bridge of Hope
A pair of Armenian twins have overcome many of the limitations that their disability imposed upon them. They are now university students and are grateful to Mission East’s partner organisation, Bridge of Hope, for helping them get this far.
Laxmi Shahi had a tough childhood before moving into the HEAD Vision Home. Photo: Mission East
The partner organisation of Mission East, HEAD Nepal, locates blind and partially sighted children in remote mountain villages and ensures that they attend school. Laxmi Shahi is one of these children. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer
The Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, values her cooperation with Mission East, because NGOs can work in areas where the Danish state cannot be present. Photo: Svend Løbner
Through local knowledge and know-how, organisations like Mission East can gain better access to some areas than government representatives. In turn, the Danish authorities can contribute financially.
Mission East managing director Kim Hartzner and Danish MP Christina Egelund took part in an aid distribution in the village of Quri Khariban near Mosul. Photo: Peter Eilertsen
Managing Director Kim Hartzner visited Iraq in March together with Christina Egelund, spokesperson on political affairs for one of the governing parties in Denmark, Liberal Alliance. Meeting Mission East beneficiaries made a strong impression on both of them.
Twice, Samira has had to flee Islamic State with her husband and children. Now she lives in Daquq IDP camp and is afraid to return to her village. Photo: Peter Eilertsen
Samira’s story gives a unique insight into the situation of Iraqi IDPs. Fear is the predominant feeling, and requirements for the future are modest. Samira and her family had to endure IS abuse for two years.
Per Stig Møller, the former Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs. Photo: The Danish Parliament
NGOs like Mission East are very much needed in a future with climate change and overpopulation, says former Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Per Stig Møller. By Svend Løbner, freelance journalist
Patrick Sweeting (left) with Gobindra from Mission East’s local partner organisation, KIRDARC, on a road in Mugu District that is being built with manual labour. It will take years before it is completed. Photo: Mission East
The Mission East Country Director for Nepal realises that it can be expensive to work in the most remote parts of the country. But it is also necessary, he says, given that Mission East aims to reach the most vulnerable.
Six-year old Ram was not born blind, but he was born poor. When he was four, he lost his eyesight after being beaten by his brothers.
A blind Nepalese boy was forced to live in a cowshed. Now Ram is flourishing at a home that is run by Mission East’s partner organisation, HEAD Nepal. By Patrick Sweeting, Mission East Country Director, Nepal
Mrs Kim Kyong Ok in front of her temporary shelter in Musan County where she is living with her daughter and son-in-law. In her village, 200 families lost their homes, 14 people died, and many more are missing.
Heavy floods in North Hamyong province have made thousands of people homeless. Mission East is one of the few international aid organisations in the area and provides clean drinking water and hygiene training so that the local population is not infected by dirty river water.
The forms for the bio-briquettes are handmade by local craftsmen.
In a remote mountain village in northeastern Afghanistan Mission East is teaching local women to make biological fuel by using cheap and available natural resources. By Kim Wiesener and Line Højland, Communications Officers
Blankets and mattresses are given to the displaced who now have to stay in private homes, each housing up to four families. Photo: Ben Granby
20 January 2017 The Dane Knud Andersen and his Mission East team have distributed emergency aid to 9,000 displaced people in and around Mosul. “We are close to the frontline and can hear planes and artillery above us,” he said.
Haeju, North Korea, 2012. In the future, it will be the most vulnerable countries such as Afghanistan og Nordkorea that will need aid. In this photo, Mission East examines severely malnourished children at an orphanage in North Korea. Photo: Kendrah Jespersen.
What will aid work be like in 25 years? Mission East has interviewed two Danish futurologists, each with their own point-of-view. One of them believes in self-help via the internet and new technology, the other predicts that there will be more speed and flexibility in aid.
Armenia, 1994. In the early years of Mission East, René og Kim Hartzner brought aid to Armenia, including an emergency hospital and food aid for the population during the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Photo: Jan Jørgensen.
It started in a garage in the Danish town of Birkerød. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, René and Kim Hartzner sent food, medicine and hospital equipment to poor people in Eastern Europe.
Nazrawa Camp, Iraq, 2016. Abdullah Said teaches at one of Mission East’s centres for displaced children in Iraq. He has fled Islamic State twice and now lives in a camp for internally displaced people. This does not prevent him from continuing his IT studies. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
Abdullah Said, a 21-year old Iraqi IT student, has escaped twice from the terrorist movement Islamic State. Now he is taking care of small children in one of Mission East’s child centres – in a camp where he is living himself.
Sinjar, Iraq, 2015. About 25,000 Yezidis lead difficult lives on Sinjar Mountain, while awaiting an opportunity to return home. Mission East and its partner Humanity provide emergency relief and psychological and social support. Photo: Philip Wikborg Hartzner.
In the summer of 2014, the world was shaken by the news of Islamic State’s horrific treatment of everyone who did not support their rigid interpretation of Islam. Mission East is helping displaces Iraqis with support for body and mind.
Dhainakot, Nepal, 2006. “Her parents were not alive anymore, and she lived with her grandparents who quite obviously did not want her. At their advanced age, they had sufficient problems feeding themselves,” Graeme Glover said about the little girl he met in the village of Dhainakot in western Nepal. Photo: Mission East
Since 2006, Mission East has worked to develop remote mountain communities in western Nepal. The poverty-stricken population has found new opportunities and hope for the future.