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Author: Ika Mudzar

In Pictures: After the Laos floods

On the evening of 23 July 2018, a flash flood, caused by the failure of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Dam, released five billion cubic metres of water down a tributary of the Mekong river. Six villages were completely leveled and, while official figures put the death toll at 39 people, a further 97 people remain unaccounted for.

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In Pictures: Improving learning conditions in Afghanistan

Ziwar’s dreams and ambitions come at a challenging time, where armed conflict, situations of violence, disasters and emergencies tend to disrupt formal education. In 2002, only an estimated one million children, mostly boys, attended schools. In some areas affected by heavy conflict, up to 85 per cent of girls account for the out-of-school population,putting them at a particular disadvantage.

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