We won’t give away any spoilers, but if you have been watching the latest season of the Netflix series House of Cards, you know that a lot of the story takes place at the United Nations.

While the show’s plot is fiction, there are even more powerful stories happening in real life thanks to the UN’s work helping people around the world. Check out some of the stories that didn’t make it to your screen.

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