Matthew Carter

Writer working with the British Red Cross on issues to do with refugees, asylum and international family tracing.

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Somalia: one family’s fight to survive a severe drought

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“I am 75 years old. I have not heard of or seen such a severe drought,” said Abdi.

Abdi’s family are among many others taking refuge in temporary shelters surrounding the village of Tukaraq, in northern Somalia.

They travelled here by foot, some 150 kilometres from their home.

Like many other drought-affected families across Somalia, their situation is getting desperate.

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Thirteen pictures from a land without rain

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Most of Halima’s children are too young to remember how things used to be.

She remembers though. And each year she sees the determined march of the desert into her once rich pastoral lands, it brings a sense of foreboding to her village.

They have lost livestock to the drought – a barometer of wealth here – and people’s health is starting to fail.

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Together at last: Syrian father reunited with his son in Heathrow

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Tens of thousands of people arrive at London Heathrow every day. Recently the Channel 4 documentary, Arrivals, told the story of Khaled, a Syrian refugee who met his son at the airport after a year apart. The British Red Cross helped to reunite father and son in emotional scenes. This is their story.

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Good News from the deck of our rescue boat

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More than 100 people were reported to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday.

The Red Cross believes that no one should be left to drown at sea. Our rescue boats continue to patrol these perilous waters and rescued 113 people the very same day.

So far this year, our boats have saved around 7,000 lives. Among them is a young child called Good News, who was rescued in August. This is her story.

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