Appeals

Syria: seven reasons we still need your help

People up and down the UK have been giving to our Syria Appeal for more than three years.

But the bloodshed continues, with no end in sight. Are those donations still helping Syrians caught up in this terrible violence?

Find out in our Syria photo diary, featuring the work of our partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent over just a few weeks last month.

Trucks packed with aid

On June 1, a Red Crescent aid convoy brought vital help to the town of Bluedan. As well as food for thousands of people, the trucks carried essential toiletries such as nappies and sanitary towels.

Trucks

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A girl holding a sack

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Life on the run in South Sudan

South SudanFleeing violence isn’t new for the South Sudanese. It’s the sad reality of life in a country that has been plagued by decades of conflict. The Red Cross’ Daniel Littlejohn-Carrillo shares his experience of being evacuated amid an upsurge in fighting.  

A loud hiss whistles out as we deflate the Land Cruiser’s tyres. A colleague sprays white paint over the big red crosses that are meant to protect the cars and identify them as International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) property.

Now five of them are immobile, or so we think. The one remaining vehicle will take us to the airstrip shortly. More

What if London’s hospitals vanished tomorrow?

In an emergency, the journey to hospital can be terrifying.

After a stroke. After you go into labour. After a serious accident, one that could change your life forever.

But at least you know help will be waiting when you finally arrive.

So what if when you arrive, you find no hospital at all – just a smoking pile of rubble?

©Sarah Trentham/BRC

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Biking around Britain: my epic Red Cross journey

A woman stands next to a motorbike

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Aid worker Helen Brown – who was in Nepal when the country was hit by a huge earthquake earlier this year – is riding her trusty motorbike around Britain to raise money for the Red Cross.

During the trip she’ll visit dozens of our offices to learn more about the vital work we do in the UK.

Read highlights from her first four days in the saddle. More

Saving lives in a culture of killing

Syrian Arab Red Crescent members at the funeral of volunteer Mohammad al-Khadraa

© Ibrahim Malla/ SARC

Across Syria, Red Crescent volunteers risk their lives to get vital help to people in need. Nowhere is this truer than in Homs.

The region holds a grim record – 23 of the 45 Red Crescent volunteers killed on duty since the fighting began have died here.

Despite this threat, the Red Crescent’s Homs branch works flat out to bring its people food parcels, vaccinations and so much more. The British Red Cross supports this work.

On a visit to the UK, branch director Dr Motaz Al Atassi explained the reality faced by his staff and volunteers. More

Nepal: The amazing power of a trip to the shops

A woman sits by some empty drink bottles

©Minna Passi/Finnish Red Cross

“Have you ever slept out in the open, even for a night? Can you imagine what it’s like to sleep outside for three weeks?”

After nearly a month in Nepal, Red Cross aid worker Jackie Frize knows that people there are still a long way from feeling safe.

Jackie visited the country to find out how we can help earthquake-affected families with cash programming – giving them money to buy essential household items such as soap and cooking fuel, instead of delivering these goods ourselves. More

Nepal: The long road to recovery

A man looks at some ruined buildings

©Sailendra Kharel/IFRC

In Nepal, Mike Adamson has found pockets of hope and strength amid the rubble of April’s earthquake. The British Red Cross chief executive – visiting the country this week – shares extracts from his trip diary.

Yesterday I dropped in on our water and sanitation experts in Chautara. Since arriving five weeks ago, they’ve been working closely with local people and teams from the Nepal Red Cross.

The results are startling. Dozens of volunteers trained, more than 100 latrines built, thousands of people taught how to tackle disease through simples steps such as hand washing.

And they’re making sure 16 truckloads of clean, safe water are sent to earthquake-hit areas every day.

This is unglamorous but life-saving work – often carried out by people facing awful hardship themselves.

Surendra, a volunteer, told me that he and nearly all his colleagues are still living under tarpaulins or in tents on steep hillsides. But every day, they still turn up to volunteer. More