Category: Appeals

Syria conflict: how we get humanitarian aid to people in crisis

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Truck in Dubai is loaded with aid for Syria

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This is a guest blog by Claire Durham, our logistics manager. She explains how the latest shipment of British Red Cross aid will reach Syria and help displaced people as winter worsens.

Many people are still inside the main cities in Syria, living in bomb damaged houses or moving in with family or friends when it’s too unsafe to remain at home. Seeking refuge from the conflict thousands of people have also fled to neighbouring countries, where many of them are living in tents.

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Haiti: Red Cross canal prevents flood of sewage during Sandy

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A guest post by Adrian Thomas, our head of media and external relations, who recently visited Haiti. There, he discovered how a project helping people recover from the 2010 earthquake also made a huge difference during Hurricane Sandy.

Throughout Port-au-Prince there are ‘canals’ for drainage. These are often no more than open sewers that run through the narrow streets and close-crowded houses. Sanitation is a challenge – these canals flood on a regular basis and people get raw sewage flowing into their homes.

During previous storms and hurricanes – weaker ones than Hurricane Sandy – up to 1.5 metres of ‘water’ from these open canals would gush through the streets of Delmas 19. But thanks to our work to improve the local canal system, it hardly flooded at all during Sandy. More

Syria: teens living in the conflict zone

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Penny talks to teenagers in Amman

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A guest post by Penny Sims, British Red Cross senior press officer, who went to Jordan recently to visit Syrian families displaced by the conflict.

“Look.” 13-year-old Abdul thrusts his hand under my nose. “Look what happened.”

He’s showing me the scars on the back of his hand, inflicted by a man fighting in the Syrian conflict – for fun, just because he could. Abdul’s friend Najid pushes forward to show me the scars on his face, and indicates more wounds on his thigh. Adnan, age 12, is pointing at his own scars that frame his face, running almost parallel to his hairline. More

In pictures: Red Cross responds to Hurricane Sandy

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By now, many people will be familiar with pictures of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy – flooded streets, smashed houses, ruined crops and felled trees. What you might not yet have seen are the images of Red Cross volunteers and staff helping people in Cuba…[easyrotator]erc_32_1352825090[/easyrotator]  More

How I helped after Hurricane Sandy

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Caring: Ines rushed to help residents on devastated Long Island

British Red Cross volunteer Ines Rocha Mohwinckel (37) was stranded in New York when Hurricane Sandy struck – so immediately pitched in to help with the relief effort. Here’s her story.

My husband and I were staying in Upper West Manhattan when the storm came in, and I started to get really nervous. The sky got darker and we could see a crane at a nearby building site wobbling dangerously. Then the power went out and half of Manhattan was in darkness, which was totally unexpected.

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Video: why we need your help after Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy has left thousands of people homeless in Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and the USA.  The British Red Cross is calling for funds to help countries that have been significantly affected by the storm. Money raised will be used to address the greatest unmet need.

Donate to the British Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Appeal