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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.

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.
In the food groups, the women learn to preserve food in a secure and efficient way, which will make it last through the winter. Photo: Mission East
Many families in Afghanistan go to bed hungry. Mission East is training women to support themselves and their families.
Afghanistan, 2001. Ruth Dyer of Mission East met Fatima and her children in an IDP camp in Afghanistan in 2001, not long after an international presence became possible. The previous winter, Fatima had lost three children. Photo: Ruth Dyer.
In October 2001, US and British Forces invaded Afghanistan and deposed the Taliban regime from power. This opened the door for international aid to the severely tested Afghan population, and Mission East started providing food aid that same winter.
Kulob District, 1999. In the spring of 1999, about 100 Tajik families became self-sufficient with eggs as Mission East gave them chickens. This was the beginning of long term development aid to the country. Photo: Mission East.
Mission East has worked in Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet republics, since 1997. In the early days, the organisation distributed food aid to tens of thousands of vulnerable locals.
Nubarashen, Armenia, 1998. A child eats some of the food that was given to the orphanage by Mission East during the harsh winters. Even children with minor disabilities – such as being cross-eyed – were declared defective and placed in orphanages without any hope of schooling or future work. Photo: Rachel Nicolas
During the 1990s, Mission East distributed food and warm clothes to Armenian orphanages, including Nubarashen 11. But the Soviet attitude towards disability made lives at the orphanages miserable. Jane and Dennis Loze decided to change that.
Værløse, Denmark, 1992. In October, a Russian Ilyshin transport aircraft flew a whole emergency hospital from Næstved, Denmark, to Sisian in war-torn Armenia. Photo: Mission East
In 1988, an armed conflict broke out over the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan. As the six-year conflict reached its climax, the newly founded aid organisation Mission East decided to send emergency relief to the area.
In the village of Chhepi the residents rely on irrigation to cultivate the land.
A project on ”climate-smart” agriculture has created optimism in a village in Western Nepal. With solar-powered water pumps the local farmers can irrigate and cultivate their fields. In December, Mission East’s local partner organisation received an award for the project.
Kim Hartzner
Managing Director Kim Hartzner sends this Christmas Greeting to Mission East’s friends and partners: I wish all our supporters, donors and partners a very Merry Christmas!
14-year old Fasa has learnt hairdressing skills at Mission East’s and Humanity’s youth centre at Sardeshte Camp on Sinjar Mountain, and perhaps she will open her own salon some day. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
At the Mission East youth centre on Sinjar Mountain, 50 young Yezidi girls have learnt to cut hair, while others have become adept at using a sewing machine. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer
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