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Children Dying and Surviving Alone in Liberia

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A youth blogger from Liberia describes the devastating effects Ebola is having on his community.

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Combating Ebola and Fighting For Education

by Beyan Flomo Pewee

My name is Amb.Beyan Flomo Pewee. I was born in the slums of Konyamah, Guinea in 1996 during the Liberian Civil War. My story is complex, as has been my life. I always believe that if one reflects on the past, one can feel hardship and pain, or one can discover lessons and hidden strengths. My life has been hard, but it has allowed me to overcome situations and be the voice for my friends, and many brothers and sisters across Liberia and West Africa.

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The Children of Syria - A Generation at Risk

by Arjimand Hussain

Vulnerable Syrian refugee children in Egypt live a life of misery, despair, and challenging school conditions. Plan International is trying to make quality education possible for some of them and improve their lives.

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Postcards from the Philippines: From Vulnerability to Resiliency

by Tessie San Martin

Today marks six months since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. As I referenced in yesterday's post, we are moving out of relief mode and into recovery. I’d like to share with you some specific examples of projects now underway and plans to help the people of the Philippines move forward and toward resiliency.

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Postcards from the Philippines: The Criminal Sea

by Tessie San Martin

The newscasts had been warning everyone in the path of Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda as it is known locally) that it was going to be a big one: a giant storm with heavy rains and winds of over about 180 miles/hour. The weather forecasts also warned of a big storm surge. Not too many people knew what "storm surge" meant.

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Haiti: Better Architects of their Own Recovery

by Tessie San Martin

In January of 2010, Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake near its capital, Port-au-Prince. The figures surrounding this disaster are well documented: 3,500,000 people were affected, 220,000 people are estimated to have died, and more than 300,000 were injured. An estimated 188,383 houses were badly damaged and another 105,000 destroyed, leaving more than 1.5 million people homeless.

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Where's Mavie?

by Angela Singh

It’s been raining for days in Hernani, Eastern Samar, Philippines, yet the community is out in full force today. They’re excited about Plan International’s Cash for Work program, which will provide tools and a wage to community members who want to help clear the streets of debris created by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to ever make landfall.

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The Situation is Overwhelming for Refugees in Uganda

by Jimmy Tuhaise

After a long journey to Nyumanzi camp in Uganda, where Plan International is responding to the needs of over 23,000 vulnerable refugees from South Sudan living in appalling conditions, it might have been easy to feel tired. Instead, on arrival, I felt deeply touched and forgot about my own exhaustion – I am filled with the urge to work, although a little depressed by the limited resources.

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A Generation at Stake

by Marko Lesutak

As part of the assessment mission at the beginning of January, I traveled to Juba and Awerial in Lakes State. Following the political crisis in South Sudan and the armed conflict, I saw many internally displaced people (IDPs) both in the camps and in trucks moving to safer areas.

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Dispatch from Mingkaman, Awerial County in Lakes State, South Sudan

by Jessica Hatcher

The boats travel by night to arrive at Mingkaman in Awerial County, a village on the western bank of the River Nile. The population of the county has trebled in recent weeks from around 40,000 to over 120,000, according to local authorities. In truth, no one really knows exactly how many have arrived, but one thing is clear: the area is overwhelmed. Of the estimated 80,000 new arrivals, most have settled in and around Mingkaman. They have transformed it from a small farming community into a chaotic, haphazard city.

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Typhoon Haiyan: The Hardest Ride of My Life

by Michael Angelo Suarez

Videographer Michael Angelo Suarez, traveled with Plan to Salcedo in Eastern Samar. He shares his experiences before, during and after Typhoon Haiyan hit.

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The Blue Brigades: Four Days Journey Into the Heart of Haiyan

by Carin van der Hor

When Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda locally) hit the Philippines, almost all of Plan International's areas were hit. We were well prepared. We had worked with communities to stockpile hygiene kits, emergency shelter materials and clean water kits. Yet, the magnitude of the super typhoon and the devastating effect of the storm surges were much bigger than anyone could have imagined.

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