Spending her first month on call as a volunteer with the British Red Cross, Claire Scanlan could hardly have faced a tougher first challenge when terrorists struck in Kenya. More
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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
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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.