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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.

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.
Mission East intends to prevent disease
Mission East hands out hygiene items to 500 families in northern Afghanistan, where latrines and water supply were damaged or destroyed by the massive earthquake on 26 October.
People who are displaced by the conflict in northern Iraq not only live in harsh conditions, but also struggle with the devastating psychological and social impacts of the conflict. But the psychosocial support provided at Mission East’s centres for women and children gives some a new hope for the future.
Everything changed for Ade and her children when they had to flee their home in Sinjar and leave everything behind one early morning last year.
The floodwaters have washed away bridges, so that the people must carry their things on their back while crossing the rivers. Photo: SDD.
The worst floods in decades have hit Burma. "Food is the biggest problem," says Mission East’s partner in one of the affected areas.
The Maid Started her Own Shop
Every day was a struggle against hunger for the 50-year-old widow Majabin and her five children. With help from Mission East, she has now started her own small food business.