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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.

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
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.