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3 Dec 2019 | Mission East

From bare survival to lust for life

Many refugees associate guilt and shame with the violent experiences many have had during their escape. War refugees experience terrible mental trauma. How do they get on with their lives?

We have asked Louise Schwartz from the Department of Trauma and Torture Survivors in Odense.

What makes survivors of trauma and torture survive, or rather, overcome terrible war experiences?

From point zero to the pinnacle of elite sports

Nadia Nadim has gone all the way. From fleeing the Taliban to becoming Denmark's female power striker and first Danish national team player with a refugee background. In this exclusive interview with Mission East she discloses what has given her the impetus to go after the trophy.

A displaced person returns home

Karam had to flee from Islamic State's occupation of Mosul. Today he drives into the same Mosul as driver for Mission East. Meanwhile, he puts aside the anxiety and the bad memories. Of course, I have to help my neighbors, he says.

Karam was part of the team that ran into Mosul after the city had just been exposed to some of the worst bomb attacks, and parts of the city were still in the midst of active conflict. Along with four other Mission East employees, Karam provided relief packages to the hungry population after Islamic State was pushed out of town.

Finding solutions where there are none

The security situation in Afghanistan is the worst since the Taliban war started. Public infrastructure has collapsed, and even die-hard war correspondents are increasingly staying away. But how do ordinary Afghans handle the permanent state of emergency? The Afghans have an ability to find solutions where there are none, Mission East's experience shows.

"We sit here drinking tea and playing games. It's just a way to kill time because we're scared and powerless about what's happening in our country."

Development aid has entered his blood stream

Sakari Koivula is Mission East's Country Director in North Korea. The energetic Finn has experience with development assistance from several African and Asian countries. But never has the effort been as effective as in North Korea, he says. And food security comes first. When a population can feed itself, what other problems they have are solved.

Achievements in 2019

Disability and inclusion
20.725
people
Disaster Risk Reduction
49.081
people
Emergency relief
78.181
people
Food Security
15.889
people
Livelihoods
17.271
people
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
56.703
people

Disability inclusive development

Food assistance for children

Food assistance for children and mothers

Multi-sector assistance to communities

Emergency livelihoods in Sinjar

Protection services in Mosul

Multisector support in Kirkuk and Ninewa

Food for Asset Creation in Badakhshan

Providing safe water in Badakshan

Emergency relief and community resilience

Improving livelihoods & food security

Resilient local development

A brighter future

SAAMARTHYA - resilience and inclusion

Women's empowerment in Humla

IDEAS- Inclusive Development

Building a Brighter Future

Improving WASH and Food Security

Bringing People Back Together

Brighter Future

Living Together, Learning Together

Improvement Project

Social Services 4 Inclusion