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Crises and Emergencies

Coping with Emergencies
 Somalian refugee in a camp i Jordan.
 © Alexis Duclos/Gamma, Paris

Devastating floods, brutal wars, deadly hurricanes conflicts and catastrophes are competing for the news headlines. And in every case those liable to suffer the worst consequences are the poorest. Seven times as many people are likely to die if a natural disaster strikes a developing country than if it hits a rich country. When it comes to safeguarding freedom of the press, providing the means for education in emergencies or protecting cultural heritage, UNESCO does its part. More
Bhaktapur: Open-Air Museum
The Nepalese city attracts tourists, but also looters. Because the Kathmandu Valley is threatened by pollution, war and urban sprawl, it has been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Education: a Priority Response
Contrary to the traditional approach, education is as crucial in emergencies as food or shelter.
Learning for a Better Future
Mohamed was only five year old when he was forced out of his village in Sierra Leone by armed rebels. Today, as a refugee in Guinea, he is going to school to try and build a future.
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