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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Red Cross helps former RAF pilot left stranded by flooding

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A flooded road in Purley

Flooding has caused road closures in Purley – ©BritishRedCross

Ron Dowling flew missions for the RAF during the Second World War and is still proudly independent. But when flooding in Purley, South London, left him stranded, the 91-year-old called upon his “British Red Cross angels” to help him. More

South Sudan conflict: ‘People have suffered enough’

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Fighting in South Sudan has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and brought about a vast humanitarian crisis.

The British Red Cross has pledged £175,000 from its Disaster Fund to support the relief effort.

As peace talks take place to find a solution to the conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is working to help people affected by the fighting.

In this video, Melker Mabeck, ICRC head of delegation, explains some of the key issues in South Sudan and how the Red Cross is helping.

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Typhoon Haiyan appeal fundraising map

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Our Typhoon Haiyan appeal has so far raised just over £10 million, including £628,000 collected at Tesco stores.

Thank you so much to all those who have donated or taken part in fundraising activities, your support is so important.

This interactive map features some of the people who have been raising money across the UK to help people in the Philippines. Move your mouse cursor over it to find out more.

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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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