Alexandra Murdoch

Alexandra Murdoch

Our former interim international writer Alex reported on our work overseas.

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The hunger issue: Lesotho

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Woman tends keyhole garden

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Almost a billion people go hungry every day and 165 million children under five suffer from malnutrition – a startling fact when you consider there is enough food in the world to feed everyone.

With the G8 summit fast approaching and the UK government tasked with halving the number of people suffering with hunger by 2015, I took a look at how the British Red Cross is tackling three very different causes of hunger, starting with our programme in Lesotho. More

Communities in Haiti take the lead

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Red Cross staff member speaks to local community at a meeting

Red Cross staff member speaks to local community at a meeting
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“Mwen kontan we w” – a simple yet touching Haitian saying that marks the start of the working day for British Red Cross staff, volunteers and community members in Haiti. It means “I’m happy to see you”, and with the Haiti recovery in its third year, this is one working relationship that couldn’t be more important. More

How I became an international aid worker: Sharon Reader

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Red Cross volunteer speaks to community members about cholera prevention

Red Cross volunteer speaks to community members about cholera prevention
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Sharon Reader talks us through her role as a beneficiary communications delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) after returning from nine months in Sierra Leone.

1. What does your job involve?

My job is to improve the way the Red Cross communicates with people before, during and after an emergency. This has ranged from running a radio show on cholera prevention, to setting up an emergency text message system to reach people with warnings of hurricanes, fires or floods.

In the chaos of a major disaster, information on what’s happening and where to go for help can be just as important as handing out food and water. As human beings we want to know what’s going on – especially during a crisis. More

Investing in peace: the Red Cross supports communities in Kenya

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Signatures on the Choose Peace campaign

Signatures on the Choose Peace campaign
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The recent elections in Kenya saw millions of people queuing for long hours to vote, highlighting their commitment to influence social and political change.

Sadly, this ballot paper has often come at a cost. Election campaigns in the past decade have seen violence, loss of life and thousands of people forced to leave their homes.

Recently the Kenya Red Cross, funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and other donors, has been working with communities to encourage a peaceful election and to prepare for potential unrest and violence, which has featured so frequently in the past. More

The Red Cross reflects on a changing humanitarian landscape as it reaches its 150th anniversary

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Red Cross volunteers carrying boxes of aid

Red Cross volunteers carrying boxes of aid
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On World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, the world’s largest humanitarian network celebrates 150 years of humanitarian action and a continued commitment to serve the vulnerable in today’s changing world.

Widely recognised for its neutrality, and with 188 National Societies worldwide, the Red Cross reaches millions of people each year through programmes in disaster management, health and social care.

Since its founding, the nature of crisis and war has continuously evolved, with the number of natural disasters increasing by 400 per cent in the past 40 years and conflicts making humanitarian access difficult in places.

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What do a mobile cinema, wind-up radio and emergency response have in common?

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Girl looking at mobile cinema poster

Girl looking at mobile cinema poster
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In the time it takes to send a text, the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 destroyed an entire city. In a high-tech world where we can find out about a global disaster minutes after it has happened, aid agencies are increasingly asking how they can use technology to communicate with those affected. More

Red Cross works with communities in Zimbabwe to improve water access

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Woman pumps water from community well in Chivi district, Zimbabwe

Woman pumps water from community well in Chivi district, Zimbabwe
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What a difference a year makes. Last year on World Water Day, the Red Cross water and sanitation programme in Chivi district, south-east Zimbabwe hadn’t even started. This year, the region has 50 new water points, 180 trained community health volunteers and 3,000 families now have access to clean water. More