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Ebola outbreak: ‘If we don’t help, who will?’

Ebola-nurse-blogIf I am honest, I have stopped looking at the tallies of the dead. Numbers don’t show you what Ebola is really doing to these communities.

But I see the fear and misinformation it spreads. The orphans it leaves in its wake. The 120 health workers who have died while trying to help patients, in countries that already have some of the lowest doctor-patient ratios in the world.

When I first arrived in Sierra Leone six weeks ago, I travelled with the local Red Cross to the infection ‘hot zone’ near the Guinea and Liberia borders.

The volunteers were tired but motivated. Someone asked them: “Why volunteer to manage dead bodies?” A volunteer quickly answered: “If we don’t do it, who will?”

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Iraq: Exhaustion on the road to safety

People are given goods including bread and nappies

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The Iraqi village of Faysh Khabur has become a destination for thousands of terrified people fleeing the country’s lethal violence. Here people cross into the safer region of Kurdistan, so the village often marks the end of one stage in a desperate journey.

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Video: South Sudan stands on the brink of catastrophe

Ordinarily, Achoul Biramwould has her hair plaited or covered in a colourful head scarf befitting ‘a woman of standing’. Not today and not for the foreseeable future.

For three months now, Achoul has had her hair shorn to a close crop, in mourning after the death of her husband.

“When the fighting broke out, my husband was killed, but we managed to escape into the bush where we had nothing to eat but grass. Just like this,” Achoul says, pointing at sprouts of green leaves close to her feet.

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Fifth country hit by Ebola outbreak

EBOLAFive months after the Ebola outbreak began in south-east Guinea, the virulent disease has now spread to five West-African nations.

Despite closing its borders with neighbouring Guinea, Senegal confirmed its first case last week.

Time is of the essence to save lives, but the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has only 62 per cent of the necessary funds in place to fight the epidemic.

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Video: Destruction leaves families homeless and frightened

During a brief ceasefire, residents of Gaza return to find their homes reduced to dust and rubble. Heavy shelling in the area of Shijaia has left scenes of appalling destruction. For people searching for personal belongings among the debris, the future looks bleak.

The Red Cross is bringing vital help to the people of Gaza and Israel. Donate to the Gaza and Israel Appeal now.

Supporters Tweet and dig deep for Red Cross in Gaza and Israel

 

People help an old man to walk

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Every day the Red Cross and Red Crescent brings health care, clean water and other vital help to people affected by the crisis in Gaza and Israel. To fund this work, our supporters are digging deep and making donations large and small to the British Red Cross Gaza and Israel Appeal.

People have been making payments online, over the phone, by post and in plenty of other ways too. But how else have they supported the appeal?

As well as opening their wallets, they’ve been asking friends and family to give too – bringing in even more donations. Our appeal launched on July 24, and within hours people were spreading the word on Twitter.

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West Africa Ebola outbreak – preserving life after death  

IMG_2345Ebola has no sympathy. In life, it causes untold suffering; in death, it robs you of your dignity.

Where normally the deceased in West Africa could expect a traditional burial, Ebola has denied them that privilege.

Those who have succumbed to Ebola, remain infectious. Instead of a funeral attended by friends and family, theirs is now a discreet burial carried out by men in white overalls wearing masks. They’re buried in body bags, not one, but two.

It’s a morbid task, one that is being carried out by teams of Red Cross workers.

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The search to reunite families separated by conflict in South Sudan

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You’re at home when you hear the cackle of gunfire followed by shouts and screams.

You run out of your house, grabbing what few possessions you can. Along with your siblings and your father, you flee into the bush.

But you have to leave your grandmother behind; she’s too frail to travel. And your mother? She was at market. When she gets home, all that remains is the charred remnants of what used to be her home.

What do you do? You’re too frightened to go back to your village. So you stay in the bush, searching for food to survive.

Eventually, after weeks without shelter, you arrive at a camp for people displaced by fighting.

You’re given food and shelter, but all you want to know is what’s happened to your mum and grandmother. You hear that the Red Cross could help.

Donate to the South Sudan Crisis Appeal

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