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On a warm October evening in Geneva, Milly Lagu plays with ducks swimming by the shores of the River Rhone. She seems relaxed and unburdened, after a stressful ordeal during which she shared her story with an August gathering at the Palais des Nations. The leaves on the trees have taken on autumn hues.

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Knowing the soldiers would soon return for her two eldest sons, Milly and her children fled the village of Opari, South Sudan, in December 2013, with the screams of neighbours and sounds of gunfire still ringing in their ears.

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Vicky Munguriek, 35, from Uganda Job title: Driver in northern Uganda Years at UNHCR: Joined in December, 2016 Why did you become an aid worker? I saw an advertisement in a newspaper for a driver with UNHCR.

 

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Insurgents from Boko Haram, who have brought turmoil to much of north-east Nigeria in recent years, had blocked the road between two villages. Her husband, Usman, a primary school teacher was pulled out of the car.

Hauwa Madu, 13, is so happy to be able to attend school and has big plans for the future.  © UNHCR/Rahima Gambo
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Tears tumbled down the cheeks of 13-year-old Hauwa Madu as she recalled the death of her father three years ago at the hands of one of the world's most feared terrorist groups.

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 At home in the Darfur region of Sudan, Hosna's family were farmers and herders. Like every other young woman she knew, she got married and had a family. Then war broke out and armed men raided her village.

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An estimated 73,000 women, children and men have arrived in Bangladesh after trekking for days to flee violence.

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"I decided that I was going to try to convey some of the lessons that I'd learned about being a human being from the refugees to people around me in my community" Credit: Odessa Rae Kate Daudy is a London-based artist who created 'Am I My Brother's Keeper?'

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The stairwell is the only place they could find with enough space and seclusion for them to study - just one example of their determination to overcome the odds and achieve academic success.

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"The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too." So said Rose Schneiderman, a prominent trade union leader of the early 1900s. That's the motto of Bread and Roses, whose founders Sneh Jani and Olivia Head believe in helping refugee women to flourish through training and employment.

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