Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam brings you the latest stories, interviews and updates about British Red Cross work in Syria, Africa and the Americas.

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Polio eradication in the Horn of Africa

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Children in front of chalk markings, indicating the residence has received treatment during the polio vaccination programme in South Sudan.

Children in front of chalk markings, indicating the residence has received treatment during the polio vaccination programme in South Sudan.

Great strides have been made towards the eradication of polio in recent years, which is why an outbreak of the highly infectious viral disease in the Horn of Africa last year was met with such dismay. More

“The Red Cross is my family” – A Syrian refugee’s tale

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It is every mother’s worst nightmare: being told you must leave your children behind to save your own life. Zuzan had to do just that.

Having fled the bitter fighting in Syria, the 45-year-old is perched on a sofa in her tiny room in Bristol. She gazes wistfully out of the window towards the horizon. Hers is a story that shatters the suburban tranquillity.

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Haiti earthquake – interactive map

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Five years after an earthquake struck Haiti – a country that was already struggling with a weak infrastructure and widespread poverty – we take a look at some of the recovery work undertaken by the British Red Cross in the capital Port-au-Prince.

Click on the map to read, see and listen to some of the stories from the suburb of Delmas 19.

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The future of aid? Cash transfers after Typhoon Haiyan

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From reuniting families to handing out clean water, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has supported people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in a huge variety of ways since the disaster hit the Philippines.

The Movement has already given food to more than 950,000 people in the country’s worst-affected areas.

And in the months ahead Red Cross staff and volunteers will help some people with cash transfers – money they can use to survive and recover from the disaster. More

The fight to survive the cold in the Middle East – photo gallery

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Blankets and hygiene kits being distributed to 250 families in Tripoli, northern Lebanon – ©Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

Millions of Syrians face a long winter with little protection against the freezing cold.

As the British Red Cross readies a winter shipment of aid to Syria, including thermal blankets, other member societies of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement are on the ground distributing aid to Syrian Refugees in border countries. More