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Thirteen pictures from a land without rain

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Most of Halima’s children are too young to remember how things used to be.

She remembers though. And each year she sees the determined march of the desert into her once rich pastoral lands, it brings a sense of foreboding to her village.

They have lost livestock to the drought – a barometer of wealth here – and people’s health is starting to fail.

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Returning home in Syria: two sheep to welcome you back

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A newborn lamb stands and rests its head on its mother's back in Homs, Syria

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What does going home mean to you?

Maybe a warm welcome, familiar surroundings and a good meal with the people you love?

Ahmad and his family could not rely on any of those things when they returned to their devastated village near Homs, Syria.

But thanks to two pregnant sheep, this is about to change.

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Iraq’s forgotten children looking for home

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In Iraq, three girls sit on the ground in Khazer camp with Red Cross and Red Crescent food parcels

© IFRC/Safin Ahmed

These children should be at school. Instead, they spend their days behind a wire fence.

Since October, over 200,000 people have fled fighting in Mosul, Iraq.

As of February, over 152,000 people still can’t go home.

That’s almost as many people as live in Brighton in the UK.

It’s even more shocking that around half of those people are children.

The conflict destroyed their homes, devastating whole neighbourhoods.

Many families have taken refuge in Khazer camp, about 50 miles from Mosul.

Life here is busy and cramped. Since the battle for Mosul started, the camp’s population has swelled to more than 30,000 people.

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In pictures: Aleppo evacuation

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Red Cross and Red Crescent teams walk in Aleppo, Syria, with damaged buildings surrounding them

© Sevim Turkmani/ICRC

Over the course of four days, the Red Cross and our partners the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have evacuated 25,000 people from eastern Aleppo.

Starting before dawn on 15 December, a convoy of buses and ambulances made several trips into the hard-to-reach areas of the city, in northern Syria.

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Yemen: the human cost of conflict

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A young girl in Yemen stands in darkness but smiles at the camera

© ICRC/Mohammed Yaseen

At six years old, Soria is too young to understand why her family had to flee their home in Yemen.

“I managed to bring along one of my toys,” she said.

“But I don’t know the fate of my other toys.”

Escaping bombing and fighting, Soria and her family are among 2.2 million people who had to abandon their homes in Yemen’s ongoing conflict.

Many buildings have been reduced to rubble. Others are now simply too dangerous to live in.

Yet even in the midst of all this, most people are just trying to keep going.

Here are a few of their stories.

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Syria crisis: ten snapshots from Aleppo

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A boy stands in a concrete room holding a box of hot food and surrounded by men sitting on the floor

© ICRC/Sana Tarabish

Right now, families from Aleppo are fleeing for their lives. At least 40,000 to 50,000 people have left their homes because of fierce fighting in the past few days.

Around double that number have been forced to leave home since August. Most now live in difficult conditions as winter sets in.

Here are a few of their stories.

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