Long-lost family helped me move on after losing my parents

Chris Gray

After her parents died, Chris Gray felt the time was right to look for some long-lost relatives in Myanmar. She didn’t know that finding them would help her to move on with her life.

Chris, 62, is talking about her mother ended up in the UK – and it’s an incredible story.

Born in Burma (now Myanmar) of Karen ethnicity, Dorothy Dawson was the daughter of a colonial customs officer.

During the Second World War, still only a teenager, Dorothy was separated from her family.

She joined thousands of other refugees as they made a 310-mile trek – on foot – through the jungle to India, fleeing Japanese invaders. Thousands perished on the way, but Dorothy made it to safety.

After the war, Dorothy returned to Burma and was reunited with her brother, Peter, and their mother.

Soon afterwards, Dorothy met John Gray: a British army officer who had stayed in the country after the war. Within a few months, the pair were married.

On 4 January 1948, the day Burma celebrated independence, the couple returned to England to start their new life together.

But just a few years later, life in her home country would take a turn for the worse. More

Finding the family you never even knew you had

© Sam Whitwham/British Red Cross

© Sam Whitwham/British Red Cross

Susan knew very little about her dad, who disappeared at the end of the Second World War. When she started to look for him, over 50 years later, she found more than she could have ever imagined.

When Susan was a little girl, her favourite possession was a small sepia photograph of her father. The last time she’d seen him, she was just five months old.

Susan treasured this photo and the few facts she knew – but, as she got older, it wasn’t enough.

In the years that followed, terrible and traumatic life events would push Susan to look for the dad she’d never known.

She had no idea that the search would end up with her finding a whole new family. More

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Pizza-heart-BLOGA pizza delivery boy got more than he bargained for when he came across a life-threatening emergency – but he had a first aid trick or two up his sleeve.

Anson Lemmer probably thought he’d got an easy summer job.

After all, working as a pizza delivery boy in a sunny, sleepy Colorado town doesn’t sound too demanding.

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Truckers lives transformed by health advice

A man in a leather jacket

Aziz Yadygarov. ©Matt Percival/BRC

Four or five times a month, truck driver Aziz Yadygarov makes the long journey between the cities of Dashoguz and Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. The 1,000km round trip through the barren Karakum Desert takes 16 hours.

It’s a tough life, and Aziz says many drivers turn to alcohol and drugs. As well as causing family breakdowns, drivers’ lifestyles can put them at risk of illnesses including HIV – through unprotected sex or sharing needles.

That’s why the Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan is helping truck drivers get the knowledge to protect themselves.

Now Aziz and his friends are spreading the word themselves, helping other drivers stay healthy. More