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Several women sit on a bench in a small room with babies tied on their backs. All are silent with glazing eyes, faces expressionless. They are waiting, patiently. It is their second time here at the Base Camp at Nakivale, Uganda's largest refugee settlement. These mothers are seeking a precious document that would grant refugee status for their babies and provide some security in a land hundreds of miles away from home. In Nakivale, waiting has become a routine for the estimated 72,000 refugees currently located here.
2016-02-12 15:47:31
Jaunatne
Nyatot* lives in a small hut in Akobo, Jonglei state, with her two sons aged six and three, and her husband. Her three-year-old son, Nhial* is severely malnourished.
2016-02-12 11:35:45
Jaunatne
I met Um Alaa in February this year in Domiz II – a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq – where she now lives with three of her children. She is greeted by passers-by from all corners of the camp – starting with the next door neighbour to her children’s school principal. Recycled art work decorates her inviting shelter – a mixture of concrete cement blocks, aluminium sheets and tent fabric from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
2016-02-12 10:37:51
Jaunatne
Twenty-seven-year-old Mohammad Alloh needed to earn a better wage to support his family in conflict-ridden Syria. To work towards his aim, he attended two short courses offered by the EU-funded Engaging Youth project at UNRWA Damascus Training Centre. The courses were designed to improve employability in mobile phone maintenance and technology. "I came here to learn different skills to access available job opportunities," he explains.
2016-02-11 12:15:41
Jaunatne
Improving the living conditions of children and youth and providing them opportunities to live a fulfilling life is an essential element of development. Whilst children and youth hold the potential for their societies' future development, they are also severely hampered by lack of development – 47 % of all people living in extreme poverty are aged 18 years or under – as well as by social exclusion, violence and abuse (which particularly affects girls and young women).
2016-02-11 12:06:38
Jaunatne
"When I dance, I feel good; I feel powerful and proud,” says 16 year-old Jean Gulesa*. Jean is one of the 46 children sharing in the recreational and creative activities at a children’s ‘safe learning space’ in Maibano village, Kalehe territory in South Kivu. “My mother died when I was a baby and my father is a soldier; I’ve only seen him twice my whole life.”
2016-02-10 16:12:11
Jaunatne
Sajjad Jatt was only nine months old but his parents, Nathi and Ali Jatt, were scared he might not live much longer. Their youngest son, baby Sajjad had not been eating well and had lost a lot of weight. Having suffered two miscarriages and the death of one baby at just three days old, Mrs Nathi was praying for better luck with Sajjad. She and her husband were doing everything in their power to help their infant son – even taking out a hefty loan to pay for three months’ worth of expensive medical treatment. The treatment, however, had failed to make a difference.
2016-02-10 13:24:25
Jaunatne