Category: Appeals

Syria: teens living in the conflict zone

Penny talks to teenagers in Amman

© Ibrahim Malla/ BRC

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


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


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.


Video: why we need your help after Hurricane Sandy


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

Hurricane Sandy: why it was so damaging for Caribbean communities

A house in St. Thomas, Jamaica, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

© IFRC/ Anna-Maija Beloff

Across the world, people have seen the images of devastation from New York and America’s Atlantic coast. But, before Hurricane Sandy even hit the United States, it caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean.

In Cuba, there were huge agricultural losses and 150,000 homes were damaged. In Haiti, almost 6,000 families were affected, and thousands of houses were damaged or destroyed. In the most affected areas of Jamaica, between 40 and 60 per cent of houses have roof damage. In the Dominican Republic, over 17,500 people were displaced and 3,500 houses flooded.


One in 100: the odds of being a forced migrant

Syrian migrant carries her belongings in Jordan

© Ibrahim Malla/ BRC

Over 70 million people are forced migrants according to the Red Cross’ World Disasters Report, released today. That’s more than one in every 100 people in the world.

Across the globe, people are being displaced by conflict, political upheaval, violence, disasters and other factors. In many disasters we have responded to recently, migration has been a key issue. More