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Author: Ika Mudzar

The boy he can’t forget – Red Crescent photographer shares stories from drought and flood-hit Afghanistan

Afghan Red Crescent Society disaster management officer, Meer Abdullah, has seen first-hand how severe floods are affecting communities in Afghanistan. In March, heavy rains and snow across 16 provinces brought flash floods that killed 63 people and affected at least 281,000 people across nine provinces. Many people were forced to leave their homes as the floods destroyed their houses, leaving them struggling with food, water and healthcare. Among the sea of displaced people are vulnerable groups – women, the young, the old, and people with disabilities.

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Mothers of measles patients at risk as cases continue to rise

For the past several weeks, the Philippine Red Cross emergency healthcare unit in the Philippines have been tending to the youngest of patients, children and babies coughing with fever, and whose bodies and faces are covered in red rashes. In early February, the local authorities declared a measles outbreak and since then 355 people have died, most of them children under 5 years of age.

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