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

Supplies being unloaded from a lorry

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

Central African Republic humanitarian crisis: fear and insecurity – video

People camped around a monastery

Fleeing the violence in Bangui, more than 9,000 people have sought refuge in Boy-Rabe monastery – ©ICRC/Rabih Mazboudi

Months of unrest in Central African Republic (CAR) have left civilians living in fear.

During a recent visit to London, Patrick L’Hote, head of operations for central and southern Africa with the International Committee of the Red Cross, spoke about the desperate plight of civilians in CAR. More

Takeover Day – What happens when young volunteers take charge of the Red Cross for 24 hours?



©Matthew Percival/British Red Cross

Rémi-Adelé Kaz, in the green top, was director of communications for a day – ©Matthew Percival/British Red Cross

This is a guest blog by Rémi-Adelé Kaz, who took part in Takeover Day – a national initiative that saw 12 young volunteers take charge of the British Red Cross for a day last week. The 16-year-old student volunteers in a Red Cross shop in Bournemouth once a week.

Although I was aware of the fantastic work that the British Red Cross does for people across the UK and the world, I never realised just how much the Red Cross would do for me as a young volunteer. More

Red Cross pilots cash response in drought-ridden Namibia

©Hanna Butler/IFRC

©Hanna Butler/IFRC

This is a guest blog written by Gerard Ferrie, a British Red Cross delegate recently deployed to Namibia. The country is facing its worst drought in 30 years and the Red Cross is supporting the emergency response. Gerard arrived in Namibia at the end of September and was based in the northern town of Opuwo. More

Paul Conroy Syrian refugee photo exhibition – image gallery


Copy of PC_532Acclaimed Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy today unveils a series of intimate portraits of Syrian refugees living in the UK.

The free exhibition tells the story of how the refugees came to UK and how the Red Cross has supported them along the way.

It has been a highly-emotional project for the 49-year-old photographer, who has a unique bond with the Syrian people. More

Typhoon Haiyan – devastation and fear in the Philippines


Two women stand next to a building that has been destroyed

“People are scared. They’re worried about the lack of food and water, they’ve got absolutely nothing.”

British Red Cross delegate Nichola Jones paints a desperate picture of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Some 11.3 million people have been affected in the Philippines and thousands are dead. The final death toll is yet to be established as the scale of destruction continues to unfold. More

In pictures: Red Cross sends supplies to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Supplies bound for the Philippines are loaded on to a truck at our warehouse

Supplies bound for the Philippines are loaded on to a truck at our warehouse

A British Red Cross flight carrying crucial supplies to the Philippines is set to leave the UK on Thursday morning.

Nearly 10 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan with more than 650,000 people displaced. More