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Browse breaking news, releases and announcements, and recent stories from the field where UMCOR’s non-governmental organization is at work providing relief and working with communities to rebuild lives.
Maximizing Resources for a Better Life
Karina Mikaelyan, 46, lives in the mountainous region of Semyonovka, Armenia. She is the primary caretaker for her four daughters and a son, two grandchildren, and her husband, who is unable to walk because of injuries he sustained during the war.
Out of Ashes
Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2002, over five million Afghan refugees have journeyed home to Afghanistan after living in Pakistan or Iran for more than 20 years.
A Gift of Warmth
Janat Gul was born in Pakistan as a refugee in 1994, while his country was in the midst of a civil war. Gul was happy to return to his homeland of Afghanistan six years ago. He is one of thousands of Afghan children whose families have returned to Afghanistan since 2002 after having lived in Pakistan as refugees for almost 20 years.
Securing a Future
In the Wardak province of Afghanistan, temporary shelters for returning refugees usually means freezing in the winter months, bearing high temperatures in the summer heat and living among the flood waters when it rains.
A Place to Call Home
Abdul Baqui, a 10-year-old Kuchi boy, supports his sick mother and three younger sisters, who are only eight, five, and four years old.
Goats Help Families Recover
The gift of goats is bringing hope to 650 vulnerable families in the Wardak and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan.
Peace After the Storm
Gayane** was tired of living virtually hand-to-mouth. After her drug-addicted husband abandoned her and their son for his own vices, Gayane didn't know what to do or where to turn.
A Place of Refuge
Five years ago a sick, old man named Tigran** was sold into slavery in Chechnya and was returned to Armenia without any documents nor means for supporting himself.
Afghanistan: Relief from the Cold
UMCOR helped 300 families to have a warmer winter in Wardak and Paktya Provinces of Afghanistan.
Ending Human Trafficking
Alisa* fell prey to a human trafficker in her hometown in Armenia. She was just 20 years old and the single mother of a nine-month-old baby. The trafficker forced Alisa into prostitution by threatening to kidnap her young child if she did not do as he said. He kept her enslaved and took all the money she made.