Category: Emergencies

Yemen photography competition: a window for the world

Two children sit on dry ground looking into the camera and holding a jerry can


Can you imagine what 14 million hungry people look like? That’s nearly twice the population of London, all feeling the pain and fear of hunger.

Maybe it’s easier just to picture two hungry children, like those in this photograph from Yemen, dirty and tired but full of life.

Right now, 14 million people in Yemen – over half the country’s population – don’t have enough food.

A photography competition may be the last thing you’d expect to find in the middle of this crisis, caused by a violent civil war.

But the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen recently organised one.

Why? “The competition is a tool and window to show the world how the humanitarian situation is getting worse,” said Adnan Hizam from ICRC.


Letters from a crisis: goodbye to new friends



Having spent a month in a refugee camp in northern Greece, Gwen Wilson is now preparing to say goodbye.  

Some of her refugee volunteers have decided to apply for asylum in Greece. Others are still hoping the borders will open.

Writing to you for the final time, retired nurse Gwen gives her impressions on life on the front line of Europe’s refugee crisis.  


Letters from a crisis: local help and a premature baby


mother and young child

How do you begin to organise a refugee camp?

Gwen Wilson has seen it all. After retiring as a nurse, she worked in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. Now Gwen has swapped her life in Sheffield for a refugee camp in northern Greece.

Writing to you from Thessalonica, Gwen gives her impressions of life on the front line of Europe’s refugee crisis.         


Syria – where do we go from here?


Devastation in Homs

Syria today is a source of both hope and frustration.

Over the weekend, one hundred trucks carrying food and medical supplies reached the besieged town of Al Rastan for the first time since 2012.

Yet still people are forced to flee their homes. One day earlier, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) evacuated more than 500 people from Madaya, Zabadani, Foua and Kefraya.

There’s a perception among some in the outside world that the situation in Syria is getting better now. It’s not.

Even in areas that have experienced a respite from the constant thud of mortars, the eerie silence that remains reveals another problem. How will people ever come back and pick up the pieces?


Happy birthday Nishan: one family’s story of courage and strength in Nepal


Dolma holds Nishan next to a neighbour carrying hay on her head

Little Nishan is nearly ready to walk. “Then our lives will become even more hectic,” his mother Dolma says, with a smile.

Laughing together, Dolma and Nishan seem like any happy mother and baby. But standing with Dolma in the ruins of the family home, Nishan can’t know the danger he has been in during his short life.

This time last year, Dolma was only ten days away from giving birth.


Watch: How a Red Cross volunteer helped save lives in Nepal


Sameer is one of over 8,000 Red Cross volunteers in Nepal. Here, he describes how the Red Cross helped people prepare for, cope with and recover from the 2015 earthquakes. 

160,000 refugees, two ambulances and a man called Moses


Tanzania Burundi

In one of the world’s largest refugee camps, there is little rest for the man charged with running the Red Cross ambulance service. Even on a quiet day the demand can be non-stop, as Niki Clark finds out.

Moses Fugwe is on his phone more than most. But the 26-year-old is not playing games or texting friends. Moses is saving lives.

He is tasked with co-ordinating the ambulance service for the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, home to around 160,000 people.