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Truckers lives transformed by health advice

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Aziz Yadygarov. ©Matt Percival/BRC

Four or five times a month, truck driver Aziz Yadygarov makes the long journey between the cities of Dashoguz and Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. The 1,000km round trip through the barren Karakum Desert takes 16 hours.

It’s a tough life, and Aziz says many drivers turn to alcohol and drugs. As well as causing family breakdowns, drivers’ lifestyles can put them at risk of illnesses including HIV – through unprotected sex or sharing needles.

That’s why the Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan is helping truck drivers get the knowledge to protect themselves.

Now Aziz and his friends are spreading the word themselves, helping other drivers stay healthy. More

Myanmar floods: “Our biggest problem now is clean water”

blog-picAung Zaw is used to living with uncertainty. The 30-year-old farmer lives in a house on stilts, perched on the banks of the river Hlang.

With each passing monsoon, there’s the possibility that the river will burst its banks and engulf the surrounding paddy fields.

This year, the impact of heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Komen, which hit in July, spelled disaster for Aung Zaw and other farmers across the country.

More than 1.3 million people across 12 of Myanmar’s 14 regions have been affected by the worst flooding in decades.

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Art from the past: the secret artists in prisoner of war camps

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Every month, we dust off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This month, we look at some items crafted in the most desperate of settings – and the remarkable efforts it took to make them.  

In 1942, Daphne Davidson’s life changed forever.

She was living in Singapore with her husband. She had a good job and had just become pregnant.

But then Singapore surrendered to invading Japan. James left for the front and Daphne was sent to a prisoner of war (POW) camp.

The days were long, tedious and full of hard work and hardship.

So how did arts and crafts become an act of rebellion? More

Haiti houses – see the difference

Housing-before-after-blog“One day the Red Cross came and asked me some questions,” says Marie Bernadette, perched outside her new home.

“Then they came back and said they will build me a new house. I felt so happy, it was such a relief.

“No other organisation was thinking about us, it was just the Red Cross. There has been such an improvement in our lives here, it’s great to live in a clean area.”

Marie has seen her neighbourhood, Delmas 19, change a great deal since the massive earthquake of 2010.

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Haiti – the long goodbye

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The time has come to say farewell to Haiti. David Peppiatt, our international director, looks at our achievements and why Haiti provided us with a huge test.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Haiti has been one of the toughest places that the British Red Cross has ever worked in.

It has thrown up challenges that we have never faced before. It has pushed our staff to breaking point. It has seen us achieve extraordinary things.

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You won’t believe how long Syria’s conflict has lasted

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The conflict in Syria has reached an awful milestone – it is now longer than the First World War.

We helped then, and we’re helping now.

Millions of people have been forced from their homes in Syria. Many will wake up tomorrow without food and clean water.

A lot has changed in the last century – but we are still doing all we can for people caught up in conflict.

Please give to our Syria Crisis Appeal.