A new way for Bosnia and Herzegovinians to avoid land mines

Mišo Pamučina, the Demining Coordinator for Public Institution Ecology and Safety, right, uses the Mine Suspected Areas app.

Carefree is not a word Dea would associate with her childhood. Nor was that the feeling of other local residents of Ljubljenica village in Bosnia and Herzegovina — some fled the area after the war that left mines across the country, others faced challenges in using their fields to graze livestock or to cut and gather woods from the local forests.

Now 20, Dea is a computer science student in Mostar. …


For a local community in Thailand, their wetland forest is a foundation of livelihood and culture.

Srongpol Chantharueang, Chair of the Boon Rueang Wetland Conservation Group, rows a boat in the Ing river to check his fish traps. Photo: RECOFTC

“World Water Day makes us realize that water is vital for life and is inextricably linked to our way of life and to the wetland forests we depend on. This is why the water is important to us.” — Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group.

Downstream from the Doi Yao mountain range in Northern Thailand lies the Ing River, home of Thailand’s largest wetland forest and a biodiversity hotspot. Situated on the plain between the mountains and river is the Boon Rueang community. Water touches all parts of life for the people and habitats in this 483-hectare forest. It supports…


A mental health and psycho-social support session for victims of insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

In 2014 Yagana Mustapha was abducted by an armed group. Just 17 years old, she was forced to marry one of her abductors and gave birth to two children.

“I went through a lot of stress and suffering,” she says. “We were fed rotten food, sometimes going days without any meals.”

Yagana endured five years in captivity in northern Nigeria before she summoned the courage to escape, taking her children with her. But she found that although she had physically left, the mental trauma lingered.

“I was over the whole situation but something worse came. I could not sleep most…


The Peace through Sports Engagement programme is helping people rebuild intercommunal trust, heal from the effects of the conflict, and cultivate tolerance, all critical component of social cohesion.

In 2014, Mohammed Umaru fled his hometown, Bama in Borno State after an insurgency struck the northeast of Nigeria. His two younger brothers and mother were abducted, and he also lost his means of making a living.

With peace beginning to return, Mohammed journeyed home to start afresh with the hope of being reunited with his family. On return, he met other people from different tribes and backgrounds staying in one of the internal displaced camps set up by the government.

“When I first came back to my community and saw new people, I felt quite uneasy,” he said.

In…


Mobile clinic workers counsel on HIV prevention in Djibouti city.

Djibouti is a small country of less than one million, located on the Horn of Africa in the east of the continent.

Despite enjoying economic growth during the last decade, almost 80 percent of its people live below the poverty line. Forty two percent live in extreme poverty and don’t have adequate HIV and health care. It’s estimated that around 7,000 people live with HIV and they, especially women, are often subject to stigma and social exclusion, and may avoid treatment or even diagnosis.

Halima Youssouf is a referring doctor at the Yonis Toussaint AIDS centre in Djibouti City, which…


Communities in Puno are making use of new technology to have mercury-free, artisanal and small-scale, gold mining, responsible for their health and the environment.

A strong community characterizes gold-mining in Puno, there is a heavy presence of cooperatives and associations.

One Ananea, multiple realities

The district of Ananea is in the south of Peru, in the region of Puno, famous for Lake Titicaca. Its name derives from the Quechua “Ananay” which means What beauty! How nice! In the middle of the Andes mountain range, at more than 4,610 metres above sea level, with a climate that easily reaches -5 °C at night.

Probably the most emblematic and internationally known place in this district is La Rinconada. Located in the Ananea snow-capped mountain, this town has been visited by journalists from different parts of the world, whose publications show the complex environmental and social problems…


Iman Hadi, an entrepreneur from Yemen’s rural north, is no stranger to the great poverty and misery that plagues much of the country’s remote villages where basic services are almost non-existent. But she felt a sense of responsibility and decided to do something about it. “I realized to what extent people in my area, women in particular, are suffering so I decided to go beyond social and cultural barriers and take action,” she says.

Iman leads a group of 10 women who installed a solar power plant to provide clean, energy for residents in Abss, which is in Hajjah Governorate…


Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

Ms. Abdullah has seen her students struggling with the double burdens of a brutal conflict and the social isolation that has come from the pandemic. Photo: UNDP Iraq/Moyasser Nasseer

Sana’a Abdulrazzaq Abdullah is the principal of Al-Watan School for Girls in Mosul, the city she was born and raised in. As a girl she remembers growing up in a tightly knit community, one that valued solidarity and education.

“I was born in the sixties,” she says, “and when we were children in the seventies, Iraq was at the height of its progress and development.”

The coronavirus pandemic is just one of a series of hardships Ms. Abdullah and the people of Mosul have faced in the ensuing years.


The Al-Haj Secondary School for Girls is open again after being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zena Khalid, 13, is enjoying a novelty — being back at her newly-renovated school in Mosul, Iraq.

The Al-Haj Secondary School for Girls is open again after being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been a challenging time for the girls and their teachers as they coped with continuing their learning and the lack of social interaction. Zena has missed her friends and her teachers and is excited to be back.

“Studying remotely was difficult to understand. Now that we are back at school, I can ask questions and understand my subjects better,” she says.

An entire generation of…


UNDP and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation have developed seven radio messages and 16 live radio programmes to broadcast reliable information about COVID-19 in Miskitu the most widely spoken language in the La Moskitia region. Photo: Nirat.pix/Shutterstock.com

Faustino Wills looks forward to his regular coronavirus radio broadcasts and he tunes in faithfully every time they’re on air.

“When the time approaches, I look for my radio and lie down in my hammock to listen and learn,” he says.

Faustino lives in La Moskitia, a remote area of eastern Honduras where the Miskitu, Pech, Tawahka and Garífuna, four of the country’s nine indigenous afro-Honduran peoples, coexist.

The virus was relatively slow to reach the region. But its impact has added to the already devastating effects of hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020.

Faustino’s communities are particularly vulnerable to…

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