Emergencies

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

©Sarah Trentham/BRC

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Biking around Britain: my epic Red Cross journey

A woman stands next to a motorbike

© Carolyne Locher

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