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Here are our stories and news items from previous years. Please click on each year to read the articles from that year.

Yusuf (in the middle) seems like a happy little boy – but he suffers from nightmares. Photo: Michael Schmidt
More than 600 children attend the Mission East child centre in a poor neighbourhood in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Most of them have been displaced by war. At the centre they can play, learn and process the often harrowing experiences they have been through.
Shamil and his daughter Rufaa are relieved that Islamic State no longer rules their neighbourhood. This means that Rufaa has been able to return to school. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has distributed food in several devastated neighbourhoods in West Mosul. Shamil, Saabira and Ahmed, who have all received emergency relief, recount the time during and after Islamic State. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017
Leila with four of her daughters. They were freed from captivity in 2016, but three of her children are still missing. Photo: Michael Schmidt
The members of a Yezidi family in northern Iraq were brutally separated from each other because of Islamic State. The family has not heard from three of the children for more than two years. They are either still in captivity – or dead.
350 school children from Taegok Ri village have received new latrines and been taught about hygiene. This minimises the risk of diarrhea. Photo: Mission East
Mission East is helping North Korean families protect themselves against contagious diseases and produce more food – for the benefit of themselves and their environment. By Line Højland, Communications Officer, Oktober 2017
When the air condition is on, the children enjoy the cool air. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has provided air coolers for an entire IDP camp in Iraq. They make the summer heat bearable for the camp’s more than 10,000 inhabitants who have escaped from Islamic State. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, October 2017
Pare Abedillah likes her school’s new colours. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has hired people who are displaced because of the conflict in Iraq to paint schools in a neighbourhood in Kirkuk. They earn an income, acquire new skills and make the local area look nicer.
For Jamal and his family, receiving a box of food from Mission East was ”like finding a treasure”. Photo: Michael Schmidt
In a village just south of Mosul, the inhabitants are on the edge of starvation and affected by almost three years of occupation by Islamic State. That is why Mission East has distributed food to them – and plans to do more. e
“We consider Mission East a school for Humanity. We have learnt a lot, e.g. working with vulnerable children,” says 27-year old Thamir Alyas, founder of Mission East’s Iraqi partner organisation, Humanity. Photo: Michael Schmidt
It all started when a group of students wanted to make a difference in their war-torn country. Today, Mission East’s partner Humanity has grown into an organisation that helps thousands of Iraqis. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Manager, September 2017
Hypertension is a big problem for the population of war-threatened Nagorno Karabakh, says chief physician Grigori Gasparyan at the Martuni clinic. He is very grateful for the blood pressure medication donated by Mission East. Photo: Mission East/Peter Eilertsen.
Medicine and surgical equipment from Mission East improves the health of the most vulnerable Armenians in the war-threatened territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. By Svend Løbner, journalist, September 2017
During the first years after the civil war Mission East distributed emergency relief in Tajikistan, but soon started to help people rebuild agriculture. This is a seed distribution in 2005. Photo: Mission East
When Mission East started distributing food to thousands of people in Tajikistan, the country was still ravaged by civil war. Later, the population got help to feed itself.
Mai Ki benefits from her partnership with Mission East. Here, she is participating in a training programme with a colleague. Photo: Mission East
Mai Ki and her colleagues from the local organisation Together for Sustainable Development are working to eradicate food shortages among their vulnerable fellow countrymen and -women in Myanmar. Cooperation with Mission East has taught them to work more efficiently.
Lalparu Sunar gives a speech on women’s rights: Photo: Tara Chand
Lalparu Sunar grew up in a poor family in the remote Karnali region. She was unable to read and write. After her participation in a literacy group for women she had the courage to run for local office - and was elected.
Rozh Ahmed during an emergency relief distribution in a village near Mosul. Photo: Mission East
Rozh Ahmed, 25, was the only female member of Mission East’s emergency response team as it started relief distributions in Mosul in late 2016. The experience has been tough and educational for her. By Kim Wiesener, Communication manager, October 2017
Mission East awarded stamp of approval for its humanitarian work.
Mission East has been recognised among leading aid agencies with the award of a certificate of compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standard. Certification is only awarded to agencies carrying out work of the highest standard. 
Landslides and floods have made thousands of families homeless. Mission East helps the most vulnerable. Photo: Parmila Singh, NNDSWO
Landslides and floods in Nepal have made thousands of families homeless. Massive bodies of water have washed away food and kitchen utensils. Through a local partner, Mission East now provides families with shelter materials, kitchen utensils and access to clean water.
Mohan Khadka (in the dark blue shirt) is being trained in first aid. Photo: Bibek Karki
Mission East aims to enable people in remote communities to respond quickly and effectively when the next disaster strikes. By Lizz Harrison, Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Manager, Mission East Nepal
“We know very well that there is war and conflict, and that the human costs are high, especially among civilians. But witnessing this at close hand and seeing how all of Northern Iraq is affected by war – that is a different matter,” Christina Egelund says about her trip to Iraq in March.
Seeing the distress of displaced Iraqi families made a strong impression on Danish parliamentarian Christina Egelund. She witnessed Mission East staff deliver emergency aid near Mosul and Kirkuk with dignity and respect for the displaced families.
Najib thanks Mission East for hygiene kits and kerosene. This helps his large family stay healthy and heat up their homes. Photo: Peter Eilertsen
An emergency relief kit can make a big difference to an Iraqi family.
Emergency relief for the beleaguered population of West Mosul is being loaded on to small trucks from big trucks. Photo: Mission East Iraq
Last year, Mission East was one of the first international organisations to help the population of East Mosul. Since then, the organisation has also been at the forefront of relief efforts for the beleaguered inhabitants in the western part of the city.
The siren will warn the village in case of flooding. Husseinboy carefully demonstrates how it works. Photo: Line Højland
Read how people in the Tajik village of Veshist cope with the floods that strike them every year. By Line Højland, Communcations Officer, July 3 2017