Aid worker speaks of "general sense of desperation and hunger all around”.
Choosing sides costs young woman her old life and family connections.
Red Crescent keeps a door open to get people across the battle lines for medical treatment.
Traumatic associations between place and personal loss.
Displacement and loss of a family caught up in conflict.
Remembering an attack on the biggest Palestinian refugee camp.
Little pay and few books make teaching a profession for only the truly dedicated.
Islamic State may have the most murderous approach to free expression, but other paramilitary groups aren't very keen on it, either.
Women face dangers from government soldiers as well as Islamic rebels.
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New protocols introduced to reduce the number of caesareans may be putting lives at risk.
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