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BANGLADESH Nurjahans struggle for survival

 8th Jun 2009    Bangladesh

Cyclone Aila struck southern Bangladesh on 25 May, devastating thousands of households and increasing the vulnerability of people living in the char (islands built up from silt in a river) regions of Bangladesh. A large number of homes are now underwater. The chars are remote and disconnected from all modern ...

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BANGLADESH I have lost everything that mattered to me

 8th Jun 2009    Bangladesh

Kohinoor was seven months pregnant when she heard the cyclone warnings over the loudspeaker from the local mosque. In the region of Karringchar Union, a village in Hatiya where Kohinoor and her family live, natural disasters are frequent and residents are exposed to struggles and face grave losses

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INDIA I dont know where to begin

 2nd Jun 2009    India

“I don’t know where to begin picking up the pieces of my life. My house has collapsed. I also had some chickens with which I used to support my family but they are dead. I have been wearing this sari for the last five days as I don’t have any ...

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INDIA A long time to heal

 2nd Jun 2009    India

“I will never forget 25th May for the rest of my life, especially how my life changed within a matter of few hours,” says Sheikh Ahmedullah, reliving those moments when his entire household and his meagre belongings were swept away.

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SRI LANKA A childrens horror story

 31st May 2009    Sri Lanka

I thought it was an innocent question: what’s your favourite story? But for a group of children who have lived a real-life horror story, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the answer.

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SRI LANKA Daring to hope

 12th May 2009    Sri Lanka

I didn’t notice anything different about her, at first; 10-year-old Priyana* is a beautiful, perfect little girl, and her face lit up as she smiled at me.

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SRI LANKA Facing the future alone

 11th May 2009    Sri Lanka

Cradling her two-month-old son in her arms, Laxmi* smiled as the baby yawned and reached for her. “I am happy we are safe,” she said softly, sitting on a mat in an emergency tent. “I only wish my husband could have met his son.

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SRI LANKA Manik Farm a day in zone 02

 4th May 2009    Sri Lanka

Manik Farm, the largest of the camps, has become a vast sea of emergency tents. It is here, in “zone 02”, where most of the new arrivals from the conflict zone

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MYANMAR Cyclone Nargis one year one

 4th May 2009    Myanmar

The other day, I was asked if I would consider writing about the one year anniversary of Cyclone Nargis. My initial reaction was to think, “Why me?”

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SRI LANKA Walking into the unknown but with hopes to live

 28th Apr 2009    Sri Lanka

heir migration out of the conflict zone was a desperate experience – a dreadful but unavoidable test. Finally, they started but did not look back. They didn’t know

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