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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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

Protecting against attacks on our workers

A destroyed ambulance

©ICRC/Jeroen Carrin

Assaults on health-care workers and those in their care are forbidden under international and humanitarian law, yet still they continue.

There were at least 921 violent incidents against health-care personnel, facilities and wounded or sick people in 2012, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is campaigning to raise awareness of the issue. More

Kenya attack: how we’re providing emotional support

A group of men stand in the street as several fire engines pass behind them

©Kenya Red Cross Society

In the aftermath of disaster, the physical scars inflicted upon communities and their inhabitants are all too apparent. But emotional trauma can be harder to spot and can leave an indelible mark on an individual.

Providing emotional support to people recovering from a traumatic experience is now a fundamental part in the training of British Red Cross volunteers, who are there to help people in crisis.

Two volunteers have been sent to Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office rapid deployment team. More