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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.

”Lions of Islamic State” is written on the shop front. Salim is looking forward to getting the cleaning done and becoming a shop owner again. Photo: Michael Schmidt
A Yezidi family in the Iraqi town of Sinune are looking forward to reopening their shop that was destroyed by Islamic State. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager – June 2018
A North Korean farmer inspects a ruined corn cob. Photo: Kim Hartzner
This summer’s heatwave in North Korea has dried out the maize harvest and made the undernourished population even more dependent on outside help, the managing director of Mission East concludes after visiting the country.
Eight-year-old Nasima has survived a massacre and a boating accident. Now she is threatened by the monsoon. Photo: World Concern
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar live in makeshift camps in Bangladesh. Now that the monsoon season is starting, they are at risk of storms, floods and epidemics. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, June 2018
Heba is learning how to become a beekeeper. She hopes to be able to sell her honey in the future. Foto: Michael Schmidt
On Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq Mission East helps local Yazidis to create a new life for themselves. The activities include beekeeping and growing vegetables in large greenhouses. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Manager
Mavriya is happy that she can contribute to her family’s household budget. Photo: Mission East
Mavriya was a child with a disability, so all the odds were against her. But then she started attending Mission East’s rehabilitation centre, and today the young Tajik woman is running her own small business.
”It is important to empower women,” Jhupu Rokaya says. She manages the village bank. Photo: Susanne Madsen
When women learn to count numbers, calculate and save up money, they can fund small businesses and improve their living conditions. By Susanne Madsen, Fundraiser and Line Højland, Communications Officer – June 2018
Through simple means, the Mara people can grow more crops than previously and avoid hunger and debt. Photo: Mai Ki
A new Mission East project trains the poverty-stricken Mara people in cultivating crops all year round. It will provide children and adults with better nutrition. By Line Højland, Communications Officer – June 2018
Thadak Hlaing comes from a poor background in Maraland. That doesn’t stop her from wanting to pass the coveted national exam. Photo: Alex Ramos-Peña
Thadak Hlaing’s dream is to pass her exam and do charity work for the benefit of her people. At the COME school she gets help with the difficult exams. By Alex Ramos-Peña, HQ Programme Manager and Line Højland, Communications Officer – June 2018
Yusuf (in the middle) seems like a happy little boy – but he suffers from nightmares. Photo: Michael Schmidt
More than 600 children attend the Mission East child centre in a poor neighbourhood in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Most of them have been displaced by war. At the centre they can play, learn and process the often harrowing experiences they have been through.
Shamil and his daughter Rufaa are relieved that Islamic State no longer rules their neighbourhood. This means that Rufaa has been able to return to school. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has distributed food in several devastated neighbourhoods in West Mosul. Shamil, Saabira and Ahmed, who have all received emergency relief, recount the time during and after Islamic State. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017
Leila with four of her daughters. They were freed from captivity in 2016, but three of her children are still missing. Photo: Michael Schmidt
The members of a Yezidi family in northern Iraq were brutally separated from each other because of Islamic State. The family has not heard from three of the children for more than two years. They are either still in captivity – or dead.
350 school children from Taegok Ri village have received new latrines and been taught about hygiene. This minimises the risk of diarrhea. Photo: Mission East
Mission East is helping North Korean families protect themselves against contagious diseases and produce more food – for the benefit of themselves and their environment. By Line Højland, Communications Officer, Oktober 2017
When the air condition is on, the children enjoy the cool air. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has provided air coolers for an entire IDP camp in Iraq. They make the summer heat bearable for the camp’s more than 10,000 inhabitants who have escaped from Islamic State. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, October 2017
Pare Abedillah likes her school’s new colours. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has hired people who are displaced because of the conflict in Iraq to paint schools in a neighbourhood in Kirkuk. They earn an income, acquire new skills and make the local area look nicer.
For Jamal and his family, receiving a box of food from Mission East was ”like finding a treasure”. Photo: Michael Schmidt
In a village just south of Mosul, the inhabitants are on the edge of starvation and affected by almost three years of occupation by Islamic State. That is why Mission East has distributed food to them – and plans to do more. e
“We consider Mission East a school for Humanity. We have learnt a lot, e.g. working with vulnerable children,” says 27-year old Thamir Alyas, founder of Mission East’s Iraqi partner organisation, Humanity. Photo: Michael Schmidt
It all started when a group of students wanted to make a difference in their war-torn country. Today, Mission East’s partner Humanity has grown into an organisation that helps thousands of Iraqis. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Manager, September 2017
Hypertension is a big problem for the population of war-threatened Nagorno Karabakh, says chief physician Grigori Gasparyan at the Martuni clinic. He is very grateful for the blood pressure medication donated by Mission East. Photo: Mission East/Peter Eilertsen.
Medicine and surgical equipment from Mission East improves the health of the most vulnerable Armenians in the war-threatened territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. By Svend Løbner, journalist, September 2017
During the first years after the civil war Mission East distributed emergency relief in Tajikistan, but soon started to help people rebuild agriculture. This is a seed distribution in 2005. Photo: Mission East
When Mission East started distributing food to thousands of people in Tajikistan, the country was still ravaged by civil war. Later, the population got help to feed itself.
Mai Ki benefits from her partnership with Mission East. Here, she is participating in a training programme with a colleague. Photo: Mission East
Mai Ki and her colleagues from the local organisation Together for Sustainable Development are working to eradicate food shortages among their vulnerable fellow countrymen and -women in Myanmar. Cooperation with Mission East has taught them to work more efficiently.
Lalparu Sunar gives a speech on women’s rights: Photo: Tara Chand
Lalparu Sunar grew up in a poor family in the remote Karnali region. She was unable to read and write. After her participation in a literacy group for women she had the courage to run for local office - and was elected.