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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.

Naida has sought refuge on Sinjar Mountain with her youngest children, but she is hoping to be reunited with her oldest children and her husband who are held captive by Islamic State. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
A Yezidi family on Sinjar Mountain has been split into several parts due to the ravage of Islamic State in Northern Iraq. Four members are still prisoners of the terrorist movement. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer
Binay Basyal in Mission East’s Erbil office. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
Binay Basyal is Mission East’s country director in conflict-ridden Iraq. The Nepalese aid worker is no stranger to civil wars – he experienced one in his home country. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer
The preparations for distributing emergency relief to the many people escaping from Mosul have been going on for some time. It is necessary to be well prepared when facing such a major humanitarian crisis. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
The Danish emergency aid specialist, Knud Andersen, has been in Iraq since October to coordinate Mission East’s efforts to help the many people who are fleeing Mosul. A humanitarian disaster of this scale requires a lot of planning – and flexibility.
Eight-year old Mahmoud suffers from a serious type of muscular dystrophy that ties him to a wheelchair. In his home city of Kirkuk, schools are rarely equipped to accommodate children like him. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
Eight-year old Mahmoud has a serious disability, but the Mission East mobile child centre has inspired him to go back to school. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer
Jiihan and her family spent some of the cash assistance from Mission East on a heater and blankets. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
In December 2015, displaced Iraqi families received help to cope with the winter cold. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer
For his 40th birthday, Johannes Lee from Northern Jutland chose to donate his presents to Mission East’s work for the displaced in Iraq. Private photo.
Johannes Lee preferred donations for Mission East to receiving gifts for himself. By Line Højland, Communications Officer
Mission East’s jubilee on 18 November attracted a wide range of people, including supporters, partners, politicians and present and former employees. The photo features Gohar Hovhannisyan who works as a volunteer at Mission East’s office in Copenhagen. Photo: Kennet Havgaard.
“Mission East contributes to making Danish development assistance more efficient than we could manage on our own,” then Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen said at the 25th jubilee celebration on 18 November.
With safe drinking water now available at the school, class attendance has risen to almost 100 per cent.
Dehydration, abdominal pains and diarrhea were some of the many problems faced by pupils at a girls’ primary school in Rustaq district.
Zarifahs children no longer suffer from dysentery after they have begun washing their hands after using the toilet.
People living in camps for the internally displaced face severe health and hygiene problems. With simple hygiene training, Zarifah has now secured her three children against infectious disease.
Dalli’s dream has always been to get a water tap near her house. With help from Mission East this dream has now come true.
Dalli saw her house crumble when the earthquake struck Nepal last spring. The 44-year-old woman and her children had to sleep in the open until Mission East provided material for shelter and hygiene. Now the work continues to secure the future for other vulnerable families.
Women are ensured livelihood through the Self-Help-Groups established by Mission East.
Mission East’s work in making sure no one is left behind in humanitarian aid is featured in the official World Humanitarian Summit publication ‘Together We Stand’.     An article on inclusive programming, written jointly with the EU-CORD network, features our work in Afghanistan.  It explains how
Vangohkhih is in 6th grade and views the COME school as a mother and father for orphans.
Education is important. But it is equally important to eat enough food to grow, thrive, and study.. At the COME school in Burma, the children of the Mara people get education as well as food thanks to the aid from Mission East.
At least 20 families have built winter green houses and especially the children benefit from this as they need nutritious food to grow.
Mohammad Sharif and his family used to be fearful of the three months of cold and severe winter in the Afghan mountains where they live.
Kim Juyang Hui lives with her husband and their son in one of the houses that were built after the typhoon in 2012 with help from Mission East. Now the family has also clean water available.
When there is a half hour walk to fetch clean water, you often compromise with proper hygiene. Juyang Hui from North Korea had to walk half an hour twice a day to reach the nearest well and fetch water for her family.
It is with excitement that the children explore their new toys that they become acquainted with for the first time in their lives.
There is hope for the people of North Korea, Kim Hartzner learned when he visited the country in November. It was a life-affirming visit, where he on first hand saw the enormous progress that has been made since the Mission East began to work there in 2012.
On 15 October, global handwashing day was celebrated at Mission East’s centre for displaced children in northern Iraq.
Infectious diseases can cost the lives of people who have fled from war. At the centres established by Mission East in northern Iraq, children who have fled from war learn how to keep infection away with soap and water.
13-year-old Yasser dreams of coming to Kirkuk and studying to become a doctor. But because of the war in his country, it is a remote prospect.
First, their village was occupied by IS. After that, bombs fell. 13-year-old Yasser and his family are marked by the war they fled from. Now they get help from Mission East.
Shoinbek Shokirov from Mission East (left) discusses the establishment of water system with village leader in Southern Tajikistan earlier this year.
A powerful earthquake hit Monday the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan.
The children on the Sinjar Mountain are burdened with disturbing memories of murder and abuse. Mission East’s children centre allows them to process their trauma through playing and drawing. They also learn to do maths and write.
Thousands of Yazidis in North Iraq have now returned to Sinjar Mountain from where they fled when the Islamic State attacked the area more than one year ago. Mission East is helping them with sanitation, shelter and processing the trauma.
Women and children freed from IS terror
A group of women and children were freed from Islamic State while Kim Hartzner was visiting Kirkuk in northern Iraq. As with all refugees, they are in desperate need of everything in order to make it through the coming winter.