Refugee crisis: keeping families together

Refugee family with young girlRefugees and migrants are travelling thousands of miles over land and sea to find sanctuary in Europe.

With so many obstacles to overcome, families travelling together inevitably become separated on the road to safety.

As this video highlights, the Red Cross is helping refugees and migrants find missing loved ones and stay in touch with relatives back home through its Restoring Family Links service.


South Sudan: “We can’t fix everything, but we can save lives”

IMG_3179What difference can you make in a country that has such huge humanitarian needs? Sarah Grey, a Red Cross aid worker, explains how we’re helping people survive in South Sudan.

One of the first things you notice upon arrival in Juba is the number of aircraft parked along the runway.

Not commercial passenger jets, but dozens of planes and helicopters bearing the mark of different aid organisations.

It’s indicative of the scale of the crisis in South Sudan. There is no-one in this country whose life has not been affected by the conflict, which is approaching its two-year anniversary.


Ebola outbreak declared over in Sierra Leone



For the last 530 days, the people of Sierra Leone have been living under a cloud. It’s a cloud that has lingered since May 2014 when Ebola breached the country’s borders.

Today, with the declaration that the Ebola outbreak is now over in Sierra Leone, that cloud has been lifted.


How potatoes are paying for children’s education in Zimbabwe


Food shortages are not a new phenomenon for the people of Zimbabwe, but the crisis today is much worse than previous years.

Jane Adisu, who heads our work in southern Africa, explains how we’re helping people overcome erratic rainfall and El Niño.

Zimbabweans sow their seeds in November and pray for a good rainy season. After a succession of disappointing harvests, those prayers will be even more desperate.

Recurrent food shortages over the last few years have left communities in a precarious situation, particularly in the west and south of the country.


Beyond the headlines: How bad is life in Yemen right now?

A man walking through rubbleThis is a guest post by Michael Van Koesveld, Yemen country manager for the British Red Cross

Over the past few days, news stories about the conflict in Yemen have been popping up on Twitter feeds and Facebook walls.

Some are linked to a distressing video of six year old Fareed Shawky. Fareed was filmed lying in a hospital bed with terrible injuries. He died a few days after the video was taken.

Other stories tackle the political response to the violence – it’s being debated at the UN today and in the UK parliament tomorrow.

You might find these stories confusing, maddening or heartbreaking. But can politicians’ speeches, or a single video, tell us what life is really like for ordinary Yemenis? More