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Author: Ika Mudzar

Afghanistan: Leaving love and protection for hunger in Kabul

Khumari Aimaq, 18, is wistful when she remembers her early life in Charmgar village in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province.
“For years, my father was a successful business man. He was a farmer, and he ran a business that sold milk and milk products. Our family also owned a flour milling machine, which was a sustainable business, seeing us into school and a comfortable home full of love and protection,’’ said Khumari.

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Philippine: Red Cross volunteer feature – Marietta Laneslao

Last year, Marietta Laneslao celebrated 20 years as a Philippine Red Cross volunteer. Along the way she has also recruited plenty of people starting with her own family: her husband, children, nieces, nephews… altogether she has organized new volunteers for 18 barangays or communities.

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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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