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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 09:30 by Rhonda Hirst

“We are brothers,” Amir, 10, and his brother, Kameron, 9, tell us. At first glance, you would think they were twins.  They are handsome young boys with perfect cheekbones, good manners and a spark about them. Only a year apart, their bond is tight; tighter than most, as they mourn a mother and father that disappeared one night from the markets, never to be seen again.

“When the clashes stared in Syria, some people came and took my parents, and I don’t know where...

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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 04:50 by Meg Sattler

Today a 15-year-old girl showed me a film of her bombed and ransacked house. She held her phone out in front of me, hands quivering slightly. Room by room, I was taken on a shaky, pixilated tour of what was her family's home. Heaps of clothes, papers and trinkets covered the dusty carpets amid overturned furniture. Here and there, a wall was blown out; sunshine was streaming in where it didn’t before.

"That is my mom and dad’s room," she told me.

Then the camera...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 18:03 by

Badeley Nimepo is the Design Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) officer for World Vision Solomon Islands Temotu Area Program Office. He was at the office when the earthquake and tsunami struck Temotu Province on 6 February 2013.

The memory is still fresh in my mind as I recall that fateful day the earthquake shook the...

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Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 18:40 by Ratana Lay

I meet Soknang, who is living in a temporary shelter made of different slices of tarp and no doors or windows under a huge tamarind tree and surrounded by bushes and stinky piles of waste such as cloths and can waste. He is living in an abandoned boxing yard in Battambang town.

There are around twenty families in the same situation in the boxing yard. They would be asked to move to other different places.

Two mosquito nets are hanging from the fences above...

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Monday, December 9, 2013 - 09:00 by Hasanthi Jayamaha

By Arniel Anasco, with Hasanthi Jayamaha

Monday, November 04: It is the first announcement. PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) announced of a newly-formed cyclone named Haiyan in the Pacific Ocean and it’s gradually intensifying. They say it might grow into a Typhoon.

We are advised to monitor and to be on alert. Everyone is listening to the news reports almost every hour to find out...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 09:00 by Somluck Khamsaen

Five mothers walk side by side, laughing and talking as they reach the gate. Today, they’re celebrating – a new centre is about to open. 

The mothers are wearing their best clothes, sleeveless dresses of blue, red and black cotton and have carefully tucked their long hair behind their ears. These women, and the other residents I meet, are smiling widely with anticipation – it’s almost a carnival feeling.

But there are no acrobats or magicians in this...

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 20:04 by Enkhbold Byambajav

Today started with a shiver. Snowflakes wildly blown by the strong wind signaled the arrival of winter. Hardly anyone walked on foot outside. Cars stayed stuck in traffic longer than usual, all passengers looking grim, everybody rushing for something – something they take for granted.

It’s true! Many people take things for granted. You know, the little things that make our lives so much better like electricity, hot running water in your apartment, or just that...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:00 by World Vision Blogger

A magnitude-7.2 earthquake hit Visayas, the central Philippines group of islands, Oct. 15, causing widespread destruction. Maryann (Mai) Zamora, a World Vision communications specialist in the Philippines, has frequently told the stories of disaster survivors. Here she reflects on her own experience of the quake and how...

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:40 by Justin Byworth

By Justin Byworth, World Vision United Kingdom CEO

“Death. That night I saw death,” were the first devastating words eight-year-old Tasnim said to me.

Sitting in the sparsely furnished tent that is now home to Tasnim, four of her siblings, her mother Rawda and uncle Kindeh since fleeing Syria less than a month ago, Tasnim fixes me with an intense stare and explains she wants me to hear her “one million per cent true” story of surviving the massacre at...

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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 05:37 by Meg Sattler

Dear Muna,

It’s been hard to stop thinking about you since we met the other day. Perhaps it’s because we share a birthday. You turned one this week. I turned 29.

When I was born, my mum knew I wasn’t going to wait. She gathered her things, rushed to the hospital, and shouted at nurses who told her I wasn’t quite ready to be born yet. In her words, I ‘flew...

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