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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.

North Korean children at an orphanage in Haeju.
Managing Director Kim Hartzner, has returned from a disturbing trip to North Korea. Read his story here:   
The Nepal Eternity Orphan Home, an orphanage supported financially by Mission East, is going through serious difficulties and the current orphanage director has been removed from his duties. A team from Mission East went to Nepal to gather information and to assess the situation.
Child from South Hwanghae in North Korea
The Danish relief and development organization Mission East is now distributing aid to thousands of children in nurseries, kindergartens and orphanages in North Korea. Mission East’s Managing Director, Kim Hartzner, emphasizes that the need is great.
Piger i Afghanistan
Once again, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports Mission East’s work in the north-eastern part of Afghanistan.   Their help amounts to more than 1.5 million Euros for a project assisting the local population in the provinces of Badakshan and Takhar.
Children in Tajikistan 2010
Now Mission East, together with our partners, can respond to disasters in the whole world within a very short period of time. This is made possible by an intensified collaboration within the global alliance, Integral.
Review: Building up Healthier Communities in Karnali, Nepal 2008-2011
Since the inception of Mission East WASH activities in Nepal in 2008, access to clean water and better hygiene practices has significantly improved.   This is the conclusion of a fresh review which also includes lessons learned.  
Leaflet front page: Women Empowerment Project in Karnali, Nepal
In the remote districts of Karnali, women have important roles and functions in their community. They have responsibilities and heavy workload, but they have little voice to decide for  their own future and the future development of  their village.  
More than 27.000 children have now received food from Mission East.    One of the children, who has received food aid, is 2-year old Koh, who lives in an orphanage in Wanson City in the province of Kangwon in North Korea.
Malnourished North Korean boy
Managing Director of Danish Mission East, Kim Hartzner, has seen the great need for help in North Korea. Thousands of children are malnourished and desperately need food aid.
On the 19th of December 2011, Kim Hartzner was interviewed for the 9 o’clock news on Danish national TV regarding the humanitarian situation in North Korea.   The interview is toward the end of the coverage on North Korea.  
Afghan girl walking through a dry riverbed.
It was ten years ago this fall that Mission East started its operations in Afghanistan.   Thousands of Afghans have since received assistance, but conflict and natural disasters continue to make life difficult for large parts of the population.
Back of maize to North Korea from Mission East
Mission East is preparing for its next emergency food distribution in North Korea.  
The newest edition of Mission East's magazine is now available on this website.  
A North Korean boy suffering from malnutrition
After a harsh winter and floods which have devastated several harvests, the people of North Korea are struggling to feed themselves.
The north korean land is cultivated by hand and with oxen.
How did it happen that about one million people died of starvation in North Korea in the nineties? Can we prevent such a disaster from happening again soon?  
This boy and his family did not even had mattresses to sleep on.
Poverty is so profound in Pakistan's Swat Valley that staff from Mission East's partner organisation resorted to contributing from their own pockets during a recent distribution of aid.  
Mission East has helped radio journalists to interview the villagers.
If you turn on your radio in the mountain villages of Nepal, you can hear people singing about natural disasters.   Songs and radio drama have taught 80,000 villagers in the remote mountain areas of Nepal about floods, mudslides and earthquakes.  
Managing director at Mission East, Kim Hartzner, by the wall sheet.
Toejhusmuseet in Copenhagen, Denmark, has recently opened a new exhibition on the Danish presence in Afghanistan.
Kim Hartzner, managing director, Mission East.
"It is a normal human response to help when we see the huge devastation that results when a tsunami, drought, earthquake or flood strikes. But this devastation can be minimized by prevention measures.  
The Danish government has decided to send 63 million DKK to the Horn of Africa. Mission East fears that this will affect the North Korean people whose great needs will be given low priority and consequently forgotten.