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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UK floods – tales of hardship and hope



British Red Cross volunteers are never short of motivation when it comes to helping people in need. And as our chief executive Mike Adamson has been finding out, they have had a particularly busy festive period.

It has been a hugely testing few weeks for communities affected by flooding. It’s difficult to imagine the hardship people are going through.

Countless homes and businesses have been damaged, while roads and bridges have been swept away. There is little we can do to stem the force of the flood waters, but we can help people recover.


Europe refugee crisis: “I’m so scared I don’t sleep”



The fear that stalks refugees and migrants travelling through Europe can be greater than the physical pain they endure. As Nichola Jones discovers, tales of desperation and acute humanitarian need abound.

This year’s International Migrants Day is set against a backdrop of the biggest movement of people since the Second World War.

Thousands are living in appalling limbo. Last month, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia closed their borders to all except Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis.


Syrian families face another long winter



The renowned heritage site of Palmyra has been etched into worldwide public consciousness recently, but for all the wrong reasons.

While many mourn the loss of its heritage sites, its residents also yearn for their homes.

Myada called Palmyra home for 20 years. The mother-of-four left six months ago.

“We left with nothing and nowhere to go. It’s not safe for us to go back home,” she says.


Cumbria floods – the clean-up begins


A cricket club in Carlisle

Homes across the UK are bedecked in festive cheer as people get ready for Christmas.

But there’s far less merriment to be found in areas hit by flooding from Storm Desmond. For these communities, it’s a case of salvaging what they can.

“We were evacuated from our home and an hour later there was fast-flowing water halfway up the front door,” said Robert Bromley, 22, from Kendal.


Refugee crisis: keeping families together


Refugee family with young girlRefugees and migrants are travelling thousands of miles over land and sea to find sanctuary in Europe.

With so many obstacles to overcome, families travelling together inevitably become separated on the road to safety.

As this video highlights, the Red Cross is helping refugees and migrants find missing loved ones and stay in touch with relatives back home through its Restoring Family Links service.


South Sudan: “We can’t fix everything, but we can save lives”


IMG_3179What difference can you make in a country that has such huge humanitarian needs? Sarah Grey, a Red Cross aid worker, explains how we’re helping people survive in South Sudan.

One of the first things you notice upon arrival in Juba is the number of aircraft parked along the runway.

Not commercial passenger jets, but dozens of planes and helicopters bearing the mark of different aid organisations.

It’s indicative of the scale of the crisis in South Sudan. There is no-one in this country whose life has not been affected by the conflict, which is approaching its two-year anniversary.