1. South Sudan is home to the Sudd, one of the world’s largest wetlands. During the rainy season, it can cover an area of more than 130,000 square km (50,200 square miles) – roughly the size of England.
Oxfordshire nurse Barbara Nichols met Samba while working at the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre in Kono, Sierra Leone. Samba was the only Ebola patient at the centre. In this blog, Barbara shares her story…
Samba lost his father and a sister to Ebola. His mother died of a heart attack soon after their deaths – the grief was too much to bear, Samba told me.
I met Samba on my first day at the Ebola treatment centre (ETC) in mid-February. He was admitted with Ebola symptoms and was later confirmed to have the deadly disease.
Aged 23, he was the same age as my son, which is perhaps why I took such an interest in his welfare.
As fighting rages in Yemen, two Red Cross aeroplanes have arrived with vital aid – including urgently needed medical supplies.
See what happened when these planes touched down.
The Red Cross is one of only a few aid agencies working inside Yemen.
— Yves Daccord (@YDaccordICRC) April 10, 2015
Dr. Sophie Reshamwalla’s time in Sierra Leone was cut short. The Red Cross doctor was evacuated from our treatment centre as a precautionary measure earlier this year. In this blog, Sophie talks about the journey home and the boy she cannot forget.
I can’t stop thinking about Musa. The last time I saw him, he was inside the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre in Kono, doing a strange locomotion dance while singing a song about coconuts.
He has been on my mind ever since I was hastily evacuated from Sierra Leone.
Musa, aged 10, arrived at the treatment centre frightened and alone. When I first met him in the assessment area, he was trembling and burst into tears. Who could blame him?
- Please donate to our Ebola Outbreak Appeal
Where’s Yemen? Who lives there?
Yemen is in the Middle East, directly below Saudi Arabia and about 500 miles from Dubai.
It’s twice the size of the UK and home to about 26 million people, more than double the population of Scotland and Wales combined. It’s one of the poorest countries in the Middle East.
What’s the crisis about?
Yemen has been affected by armed conflict for decades. This has made it harder for people there to earn money, go to school or even get everyday essentials such as food, water and healthcare.
But in the last few months the fighting, which involves a wide range of different armed groups, has become much worse in most of the country’s provinces. More
Life without cattle for people in South Sudan is unimaginable. Cattle are currency and they play a huge role in the lives of nomadic tribes throughout the country.
The conflict in South Sudan has left cattle exposed to diseases. Losing cows to disease could devastate livelihoods for thousands of people.
That’s why the Red Cross is vaccinating and treating cows – more than half a million have been vaccinated so far.
Listen to this podcast with Rob Donnellan, a returning Red Cross aid worker, to find out why cattle are so important to the South Sudanese.
- Please donate to our South Sudan Crisis Appeal
- Read more: What childhood is this?
- Watch: Feeding the hungry from the sky
- Find out more about the ICRC’s work in South Sudan
See what happened when we delivered 1,461 milk bottles to an address in east London.
How can one image sum up four years of violence, fear and hardship?
A new artwork is using more than a thousand milk bottles to mark four years since the start of the conflict in Syria.
No One Home has been curated by Syrian artist Ibrahim Fakhri, who now lives in Oxford. He describes the impact of the crisis – and reveals how art can show people the reality of life for those affected. More