Emergencies

Ebola outbreak: “I don’t let patients give up”

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©IFRC/JariLindholm

“My nickname is Happy Shower,” smiles Jestina Boyle, a Red Cross volunteer at the Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone.

Jestina provides psychological and emotional support, particularly to patients at the centre.

Through Jestina’s encouragement and counselling skills, more patients are going through the so-called ‘happy shower’.

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Snapshots from Haiti : ‘Our home’

Haiti earthquake fiveFive years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, British Red Cross work in the Caribbean nation is coming to an end.

Our recovery programme in Delmas 19, a small community in Port-au-Prince, is due for completion this year.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, we gave out two cameras to youngsters aged between 8 and 20.

The brief was simple: capture photos that illustrate life in Delmas 19 and Red Cross work.

With a bit of guidance and schooling in photography along the way, these are some of their images.

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Spike in Sierra Leone Ebola cases “very worrying”

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A spike in Ebola cases in Kono district, Sierra Leone, has served as a warning that the outbreak is far from under control. Nearly 90 bodies have been found in the district in recent weeks.

The Red Cross had already begun building an Ebola treatment centre in Kono. It will become the Red Cross’ second treatment centre in Sierra Leone, alongside the 60-bed centre in Kenema.

Norwegian Erik Lundblad, deputy team leader at the new Ebola treatment centre in Kono, explains how the Red Cross is responding to the spike in cases.

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Remembering the Boxing Day tsunami: rising from the ruins

p-THA0024On Boxing Day 2004, a devastating tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean. The disaster was one of the worst in living memory and triggered an enormous outpouring of support from people around the world. Ten years on, Red Cross media officer Nichola Jones returns to Indonesia to see the impact of your donations.

The tsunami was triggered by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the northern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

The giant wave killed 226,000 people and caused widespread devastation across coastal areas of 14 countries.

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Ebola outbreak: the surreal journey home

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©IFRC/JariLindholm

British Red Cross Ebola nurse Marjorie Lee has returned home to Scotland after one month of treating patients in Sierra Leone. It has been a difficult four weeks, but the 51-year-old wants to go back as soon as possible.

It feels surreal to be slipping back into normal life with all the preparations going on around me for Christmas.

Everything seems so far removed from the challenges facing the people I’ve just left in Sierra Leone. Christmas, I’m sure, is the last thing on their minds.

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Giving warmth this winter: Photos from Syria

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© SARC

Millions of people in Syria have been forced to flee their homes. As winter closes in, many are living without fuel or electricity in temporary shelters, without proper protection from the weather.

In the city of Hama, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been giving people essential supplies to help them survive the winter.

Families are picking up thermal blankets, mattresses and mats – which can be used to insulate the floor of wherever they are sheltering.

In October alone the Hama branch gave out 25,000 blankets, 5,000 mattresses, and 6,000 mats. Its staff and volunteers have also helped to repair housing, protecting families from the cold.

Get a glimpse of this work in our quick photo gallery. More