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I've been working as part of ActionAid's refugee crisis response team since last year. In that time, I've seen stories of mothers risking everything for their children, harsh winters creating even more dangerous conditions for thousands of refugees and stories of generosity and kindness amongst all the devastation. 

But from March 20th everything changed: Europe shut its borders and made a deal with Turkey that suddenly turned the crisis on its head. Where the Greek island of Lesvos was once a place of hope and respite for so many, one of the camps - Kara Tepe - was turned into a place of limbo with people waiting for an outcome, the other - Moria - became a detention centre, where the gates were closed and the army flown in. Ahead of the BBC series World on the Move, I travelled to Lesvos to see first-hand the impact of the EU-Turkey deal and meet some of the women and children affected by it all.

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As countries across Europe battle for first place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, we’re asking how they score on tackling global tax dodging. And I'm afraid it's bad news for the UK, with nul points on ActionAid's scoreboard. Read on to find out why.

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How climate change is causing a refugee crisis

Mike Noyes – Head of Humanitarian Response

In parts of Africa and Asia, a quiet refugee crisis is unfolding. Today an estimated 60 million people are either living as refugees or have been forced from their homes - the highest number in history. When we think of refugees, we often think of war. And the conflict in Syria and elsewhere has turned millions of people into refugees, but many people have also been left without a home because of the threats of El Niño and climate change.

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What do tarpaulins, fighting cockerels, and raised villages have in common? Not much, on the surface. But together they're some of the creative solutions that ActionAid, in collaboration with the communities that we work with, has been developing to tackle the impacts of climate change. Find out how these innovative approaches are helping communities adapt to extreme weather. 

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Every day, climate change is threatening the lives of women and girls around the world. Erratic rainfall, rising sea levels and devastating droughts are destroying crops and livelihoods, and leaving women and girls vulnerable. Women already bear an unequal burden which is made worse in climate crises as they are forced to travel longer distances to collect water and supplies. On these journeys, they are often exposed to the threat of violence. Women and girls in Somaliland told us of their fears now that drought has gripped their country.

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How much do you know about global hunger?

Alexa Phillips – Communications team

Right now, a food crisis caused by extreme weather is making millions of children go hungry across the world. But many people don't know that El Niño and climate change are making it harder and harder to grow food. Take our quiz and share your results with your friends, to raise awareness of the impact that extreme weather is having on the world's poorest people.