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Haunted by death: doctor tells of life in Gaza

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For decades Dr David Nott has performed surgery in some of world’s most dangerous places – including Bosnia, Iraq, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Earlier this month he flew to Gaza to work with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which is bringing vital help to people caught up in the ongoing violence. Dr Nott, who also performs cancer and trauma surgery at hospitals in London, describes a day amid the chaos and pain of this weeks-old conflict.

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The search to reunite families separated by conflict in South Sudan

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You’re at home when you hear the cackle of gunfire followed by shouts and screams.

You run out of your house, grabbing what few possessions you can. Along with your siblings and your father, you flee into the bush.

But you have to leave your grandmother behind; she’s too frail to travel. And your mother? She was at market. When she gets home, all that remains is the charred remnants of what used to be her home.

What do you do? You’re too frightened to go back to your village. So you stay in the bush, searching for food to survive.

Eventually, after weeks without shelter, you arrive at a camp for people displaced by fighting.

You’re given food and shelter, but all you want to know is what’s happened to your mum and grandmother. You hear that the Red Cross could help.

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Fighting cholera amid hunger and conflict in South Sudan

A South Sudan Red Cross volunteer speaking about cholera prevention

A South Sudan volunteer speaking about cholera prevention – ©BritishRedCross/HenryMakiwa

Alfred Lati Joseph pinches his cigarette butt between his thumb and index finger, his face animated as he speaks. 

“I am young, strong and fit, but what about the babies, the young and the old?” he asks.

“Cholera will kill them first because they are weaker. It can take you in a matter of hours, and that’s the truth.”

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Mongolian schools get ready for earthquakes with Red Cross help

Mongolia schools earthquake preparationMongolians live in a harsh environment full of risks and hazards – including the threat of earthquakes. But in just two years, a Red Cross programme has helped 99 schools in the country’s capital prepare for such disasters.

Mongolia has experienced 2,500 earthquakes since 1970. And in the capital and largest city, Ulaanbaatar, 56 per cent of buildings would be at high risk of serious damage or collapse if a major earthquake took place.

That’s why staff and volunteers from the Mongolian Red Cross Society are teaching schoolchildren skills such as first aid and how to take shelter when an earthquake happens. They also help students learn a safe escape route out of their school. And twice a year students test what they’ve learned with simulation exercises.

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What is it like to have Ebola and survive?

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“Now they call me anti-Ebola,” said Saa Sabas. He is a lucky man, and he knows it. The father-of-two, from Guinea, is one of a handful of people to survive Ebola. 

It is an especially virulent disease. The current outbreak continues to spread in West Africa and has so-far claimed more than 500 lives, according to the World Health Organisation. 

The outbreak began in Guinea, in March, and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. A lack of knowledge and understanding about the disease meant that it spread quickly, particularly among health workers and those caring for the sick. This is exactly how Saa became infected.  

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Gallery: Help for people living with Iraq violence

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society is giving vital help to people affected by ongoing violence in the country. Our new gallery shows a distribution of aid, including food and water, in Erbil.

Today you can make a donation that helps the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement bring food, water, shelter and healthcare to people affected by the violence in Iraq.

     

All pictures ©Ibrahim Malla/IFRC