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Gemma Cortes

Communications Specialist

I am an experienced Communications Specialist and former journalist with a demonstrated history of working with the United Nations. I have strong media and communications skills with special focus on emergencies and humanitarian assistance and solid ability to work in difficult and dangerous environments.

In my current position as Head of Multimedia section with the United Nations Office in Mali I am responsible of conceptualizing and implementing the communications and advocacy digital media strategies, development of the dedicated website, producing print and photo galleries, social media and preparing high level visits.

During my journalism career I have had the privilege of working for one of the most respected media organizations in the world, Reuters, during a decade. I have worked in and visited over 100 countries and have immersed myself in cultures across the globe. I am highly organized strategic thinker and campaign manager. I am versed in both the latest tech products, platforms and trends and in traditional media.

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DRC: New aid approach brings choice and dignity

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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UN police steps up patrols in Center of Mali

Following latest attacks United Nations Police (UNPOL) continued to robust foot patrols, market walks and vehicle patrols in the Center of Mali. In Badiagara market, joint regular patrols are provided by UNPOL and Malian Security Forces which help build confidence among local community and contribute to durable peace in the area.

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Philippines: The challenge of 'building back better'

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

MINUSMA
03/23/2018
The only female pilot to fly armed helicopters in MINUSMA

Flying across the vast desert in Northern Mali on surveillance and protection of civilians missions would be a challenge for any pilot, but Sandra Hernandez stands out. She's the only female helicopter pilot in El Salvador's contingent of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

MINUSMA
01/08/2019
Paving the Way for Reconciliation in Central Mali

A convoy of several heavily-armored vehicles cross the sandy streets of the remote village of Dangatene. The white vehicles with a black UN logo are crossing a stretch of land in southeast of Mali's central Mopti region. Scores of villagers young and old rush to the side of the roads to watch the caravan, and to wave to the UN peacekeepers.

MINUSMA
04/16/2019
Bangladeshi peacekeepers offer hope to villagers in Northern Mali

It's 6 a.m. at the Bangladeshi military compound in the city of Gao, in the North of Mali. The complex, composed of several tents, is as busy as a bee hive, for in the desert areas the days start much earlier than in the rest of the world.

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DRC: Cholera and violence sweep across Katanga Province

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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DRC: Doctors and engineers team up against cholera in South Kivu

Humanitarian workers join up with development experts to put a stop to cholera outbreaks in South Kivu. As heavy rain pounds the rooftops of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr. Freddy Birembano closes the window of his tiny office in the health ministry and sighs.

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Philippines: Zamboanga, a forgotten crisis in the shadow of Haiyan

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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La Mission des Nations Unies en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO) a exprimé mardi sa préoccupation face à l'exécution arbitraire le 7 août 2013, dans le territoire de Pweto, province du Katanga, d'un militant des droits de l'homme, par des éléments présumés des Maï Maï Bakata Katanga.

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DRC: UN and partners need $832 million in 2014

The UN and its humanitarian partners launched their 2014 humanitarian plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa today, calling for $832 million to help 4.7 million people. Representatives from the Government, the UN and wider humanitarian community gathered in Kinshasa this week launch a US$832 million humanitarian plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - one of the world's longest running humanitarian crises.

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Philippines: Christmas lights brighten city hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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Philippines: Fishing communities struggle after Typhoon Haiyan

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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Philippines: Life in and around the ships - OCHA

Dozens ships were carried inland by the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda storm surge. Some of them are now being used as a temporary shelter by scores of families, whose houses were destroyed by the ship as it ran aground. The ships provide sturdier accommodation and more protection and space than makeshift tents on the roadside.

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Philippines: Oil spill clean up - OCHA

21 Nov 2013, Estancia, the Philippines: UN staff were among the first to visit the site. Here, René Nijenouis, an OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer (left) and Denis Bruhn, a member of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team assess the damage. Credit: DND-MDN Canada/Cpl Ariane Montambeault

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12/19/2013
UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon's visit in the Philippines

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL -- REMARKS AT PRESS CONFERENCE WITH FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY Manila, Philippines, 22 December 2013 VISIT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL TO THE PHILIPPINES ​Magandang umaga ["Good morning" in Tagalog]. I am pleased to be here with the Honourable Albert F. Del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

The CHF is a multi-donor pooled-fund mechanism. It provides flexible and predictable financing of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). In 2013, the CHF had received US$71 million in new contributions to fund projects in line with the HAP's objectives and identified priorities.

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Emergency Response Fund | Democratic Republic of Congo

The ERF is at a turning point in 2013 as its formal closure in December 2013 has been requested based on the recommendation of the CHF Advisory Board meeting held on 14 February 2013. The Pooled Fund has a reserve component that funds unforeseen humanitarian needs and onset emergencies.

Reliefweb
Bajram Curri - Serbs enter Albania, battle border guards

By Gemma CortesBAJRAM CURRI, Albania, April 13 (Reuters) - Serb soldiers crossed into the remote Tropoje district of northern Albania on Tuesday and fought border guards for several hours before withdrawing, Western observers and government officials said.

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Bridging the gap between relief and development in DRC

Every year, for nearly two decades, the humanitarian community has responded to large-scale and complex crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This year, on the assumption that the crises are likely to continue, donors have agreed to fund longer-term and more flexible humanitarian projects in DRC.

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Timeline Photos - UN OCHA Philippines | Facebook

This beach resort in the outskirts of Guiuan was once a tourist destination with white sand beaches and coconut palms. Nowadays, the reality is clearly very different. Many of the rooms have been badly damaged. Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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Amid the destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan lies

Amid the destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan lies the opportunity. UNDP Philippines cash for work program is turning a million cubic yards of post typhoon trash into thousands of jobs across the affected areas. The program is helping keep the economy going and recycling the materials for the basis of small businesses.

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Timeline Photos - UN OCHA Philippines | Facebook

100 days after Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines says "thank you" to the world in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after the storm smashed across 171 towns and cities in the central islands, wrecking the homes of more than four million people. Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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Aid agencies and the Government are rushing to ...

Aid agencies and the Government are rushing to salvage the wood from some 15 million coconut trees that Typhoon Haiyan struck down, but processing the tree debris before it rots is proving problematic. Re-establishing the coconut plantations, which can take more than a decade to cultivate, is vitally important for farmers, who have lost their cash crop.

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Timeline Photos - UN OCHA Philippines | Facebook

Older people are particularly vulnerable and face specific threats from natural disasters. Their needs are very different from those of other groups. Special requirements of elderly people in humanitarian crises need to be addressed as they are one of the most vulnerable groups. #Haiyan #YolandaPH Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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Timeline Photos - UN OCHA Philippines | Facebook

More than 4 million people were forced by Typhoon Haiyan to leave their homes. More than 1 million houses were severely damaged or destroyed by the surge. #Palo #YolandaPH Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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Timeline Photos - UN OCHA Philippines | Facebook

Thousands of radios have been distributed to affected communities, barangays and evacuation centers after Typhoon Haiyan. Radio is the main source for communicating relief activities with affected population. Establishing effective two-way communication channels with communities is also necessary for the psychological healing process after trauma. Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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Heavy rains and strong winds have contaminated ...

Heavy rains and strong winds have contaminated water supplies and destroyed rice fields in several municipalities. Floods are prompting health concerns and risk for waterborne diseases are higher. The impact of the rainfalls have also exposed ongoing vulnerabilities and compromised coping mechanisms of people affected by typhoon Haiyan.

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Timeline Photos - UN OCHA Philippines | Facebook

More than four months after fighting broke out in coastal villages of Zamboanga City, over 63,000 people remain displaced. Key challenges remain in terms of food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, health, education, protection and livelihoods. Only 31% of children are attending school in the most affected areas.

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Timeline Photos - UN OCHA Philippines | Facebook

Children in typhoon Haiyan affected areas are smiling again as they continue receiving psychosocial support to help them recover. Child-friendly tents in Astrodome evacuation center in Tacloban provide them with safe spaces where they can play and participate in activities with other children, while allowing their parents to continue their livelihood and repair their homes.

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Timeline Photos - United Nations in the Philippines | Facebook

Did you know that 200,000 pregnant women and girls are among the millions displaced by Typhoon Haiyan? Keeping birth safe in the wake of natural disasters is one of the priorities by making sure that women and girls have access to medicines and health supplies, reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education.

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Timeline Photos - United Nations in the Philippines | Facebook

@[54779960819:274:United Nations] staff celebrating Christmas with the Tacloban community and giving inspiration to the children by singing Christmas carols and giving presents #Haiyan #YolandaPH #RebuildPH Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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Timeline Photos - United Nations in the Philippines | Facebook

The Philippines is one of the world's largest producers of coconuts. Communities in and around Guiuan are heavily dependent on the coconut industry which could now take up to a decade to recover from typhoon Haiyan. #YolandaPH Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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Timeline Photos - United Nations in the Philippines | Facebook

Clean up of the heavy oil spill that occurred during Typhoon Haiyan is ongoing. An estimated 200,000 liters of oil leaked from Power Barge No. 103 after it ran aground at Estancia. Traces of bunker oil along 3.5 km of coast and an oil sheen over the water are still evident.

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Timeline Photos - United Nations in the Philippines | Facebook

When kids, who've lost everything, give us their brightest smiles, who are we to say that things won't get better? Photo taken in Guiuan, one of the coastal villages in Eastern Samar completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: @[135156639833927:274:United Nations OCHA]/Gemma Cortes

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02/25/2014
NEEDS REMAIN ENORMOUS 100 DAYS AFTER TYPHOON HAIYAN

(Manila, 16 February 2014): One hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November, the Government-led relief operation has made marked progress. But millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and ensure that the gains made thus far are not rolled back as devastated communities begin the difficult process of recovery.

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12/23/2013
Mobile cash transfer system goes live in Tacloban

Manila -- A test group of more than 100 people in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban starts getting paid today through mobile phones. This money transfer system will be used for those employed in emergency clean-up schemes in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

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UN Secretary-General visits UNICEF-supported school in Tacloban Delivers message of hope and solidarity TACLOBAN, Philippines, 21 December 2013 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon visited Tacloban today, where six weeks ago Super Typhoon Haiyan left several regions in tatters.

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DR Congo: UN food relief agency warns of 'Triangle of Death'

3 May 2013 - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that the security situation remains volatile in the so-called "Triangle of Death" - the area between the towns of Pweto, Mitwaba and Manono, in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Tomorrow is World #WaterDay! Access to clean ...

Tomorrow is World #WaterDay! Access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. We vow to protect it, conserve it, and never take it for granted. Share this photo if you do too!

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United Nations OCHA - healing health care on Exposure

Over the past two years, conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has left some 2.7 million people - half of the population - in dire need of assistance. The health system, already fragile before the crisis, has been shattered.

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De l'enseignement sous l'arbre à celui dans des salles de classe modernes

Les élèves avaient toujours des difficultés d'apprendre pendant la saison de pluies à Tobola, une localité située à 12 km de Mambasa centre (environ 170 km à l'ouest de Bunia). Au premier signe de nuages annonçant la pluie, toutes les classes étaient immédiatement abandonnées par les élèves qui étudiaient en dessous d'un arbre suite au manque d'une école construite et équipée dans leur milieu.

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CAR: People deserve to plan for the future | OCHA

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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Global Humanitarian Policy Forum 2014

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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CAR: "I want peace to return to my country" [GALLERY] | OCHA

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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CAR: The struggle of finding a safe place [Gallery] | OCHA

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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Central African Republic: meet three of the country's humanitarian heroes

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

Exposure
United Nations OCHA - War's silent killer

Three years of conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced over one million people from their homes and left two and a half million struggling to meet their basic needs.

Exposure
United Nations OCHA - War's silent killer

Three years of conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) have forced over 1 million people from their homes and left 2.5 million struggling to meet their basic needs. But it has also led to a less visible deadly outcome: the number of young children dying from malnutrition has risen since the conflict began and the number of people going hungry has doubled, according to recent assessments.

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Central African Republic: meet three of the country's humanitarian heroes

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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Central African Republic: Displaced families make the hard journey home

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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CAR: High-level mission to refocus attention on continuing humanitarian crisis

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

Unocha
Central African Republic: meet three of the country's humanitarian heroes

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

Unocha
Central African Republic: meet three of the country's humanitarian heroes

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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CAR: situation remains tense, says Humanitarian Coordinator

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

Unocha
Shaken but not broken: Women recover from abuse

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

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Renewed fighting in Bangui displaces 42,000 people

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

MINUSMA
01/14/2019
Community radios build bridge to peace in Central Mali

Mamadou Bocoum is the Director of Kaoural radio and Regional Coordinator of Radio and Television Broadcasting Union (URTEL) in Mopti, Central Mali. He is passionate about his job, as he defends the importance of community radios in the lives of the population in the region.

MINUSMA
10/31/2018
Making their mark : Guinean peacekeepers in Mali

As the sun rises over Mali's vast desert, a group of 20 men prepare their equipment and line up to receive instructions before heading out for their first patrol of the day on one of the most dangerous roads in the region.

MINUSMA
11/12/2018
Under a blue helmet in Mali: Voices of Guinean women peacekeepers

Since joining the Guinean forces 10 years ago, Kadiatu Bah, 33, has risen through the ranks to become the only female driver of the mobile vehicles fleet of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kidal, north of Mali. "For me, it doesn't matter whether I am the only woman in the group of 50 men," she said.

MINUSMA
11/12/2018
Under a blue helmet in Mali: Voices of Guinean women peacekeepers

Since joining the Guinean forces 10 years ago, Kadiatu Bah, 33, has risen through the ranks to become the only female driver of the mobile vehicles fleet of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kidal, north of Mali. "For me, it doesn't matter whether I am the only woman in the group of 50 men," she said.

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How a regional market started flourishing due to UN patrols

The market of Konna re-opened in late 2013 following violence that forced civilians to flee, devastating the local economy. Since then, regular joint foot patrols and market walks are provided by United Nations Police (UNPOL) and Malian Security Forces which help build confidence among local community and contribute to durable peace in the area that is better known as the new epicenter of Mali's six-year conflict.

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Paving the way for reconciliation in central Mali

Senegalese peacekeepers conduct a large operation to secure the circle of Koro, in Mali's central Mopti region. Called FADEN 6, the operation conducted civil-military activities, including free medical consultations, sensitization sessions on social cohesion, human rights and justice.

MINUSMA
06/08/2018
Burkina Faso peacekeepers saving lives in Mali

This morning Burkinabe peacekeepers are getting ready for their daily tasks protecting civilians and United Nations personnel, installations and equipment in Timbuktu, north of Mali. Amongst them, Pascaline Ouedraogo, a 26-years old Sargent.

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