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September 2013

The Years of Living Dangerously

By Carla Wheeler
Esri Writer

Though Nadika Senadheera sometimes ventures to dangerous places, her passion for GIS and feeding the hungry keeps her on the front lines for the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP). The GIS consultant recently spent more than two years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where she helped WFP staff with mapping projects focused on pinpointing where hunger exists in those countries and how to get food to people in need. She witnessed devastation and despair during massive flooding in Pakistan and fear and grief during attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Read about her work and experiences in this article.

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Villagers in Pakistan's Sindh province brave flood waters to reach a helicopter carrying boxes of high energy biscuits from the World Food Programme.

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Learn to Use Flickr Photos in the Map Tour Story Map

Want to use photos from your Flickr account in your Map Tour story maps? It’s easy to do, thanks to some recent updates to the Map Tour story map template available in ArcGIS Online. Read the tip.

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