Category: Appeals

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

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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

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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

Video: the difference Red Cross support to east Africa has made

Kenyans by a well in Garissa

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Thanks to the generosity of donors, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been able to help millions of people affected by the 2011 food crisis in east Africa.

The Movement provided communities with immediate relief, and is investing in solutions to help people in the long-term. More

Cold front: Syrian refugees face second freezing winter

Syrian refugees

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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.

It’s that time of year. The nights are drawing in, winter wardrobes are coming out, and soon the Sunday supplements will be full of warming winter stews and the latest scarves and coats.

No-one likes to be caught off-guard by our changeable weather. So imagine how you’d cope if you’d run for your life with only the clothes on your back, and were now contemplating a freezing cold winter. More

Leaving Syria for Jordan: safety is not the end of the story

People who have fled to Jordan from Syria

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

“How did you cross the border?”

I heard this question a lot last week. When you learn about a refugee crisis you may think about the numbers, what makes people decide to leave, or how little people may have been able to bring with them – but the journey involved in leaving isn’t something you necessarily hear about.

The Jordanian Red Crescent are supporting over 11,000 families displaced by the conflict in Syria – over 50,000 people. These are not the people living in Zatari camp; these are some of the many thousands living in towns, cities and villages right across Jordan. More