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Listen: How do you help 144,000 refugees in a camp built for 50,000 people?

The Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania was built in 1997 to house 50,000 people.

Today, it’s home to more than 144,000 people.

Its population has swelled with the recent influx of refugees from neighbouring Burundi, where violence has forced thousands to flee.

British Red Cross aid worker Kenny Hamilton has just returned from Tanzania and says the situation in the camp is hugely concerning.


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Nepal: desperate 11 hour journey for help after miscarriage

© Niki Clark/IFRC

© Niki Clark/IFRC

Dozens of tiny villages dot the mountainsides near Singati, a once-bustling market town devastated by Nepal’s earthquakes.

These communities, some just clusters of five or ten homes, were devastated too. Now the families that built them live in makeshift shelters of tarpaulins and rubble.

The villagers walk for hours to reach the temporary Red Cross clinic in Singati, which sees up to 70 patients a day. The chance to get help and receive medicine – sometimes drugs as basic as aspirin – is worth the long trek.

The team at the clinic includes Dr Johnnes Schad. Shaking his head in disbelief, Dr Schad says: “The day before I arrived a woman who had suffered a miscarriage was brought in to the clinic. Family members carried her in a basket on their backs for 11 hours to get here. Situations like this are common. It is unreal. Just completely unreal.” More

Why I went to fight Ebola… three times

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The Ebola outbreak is far from over. The disease has once again reared its head in Liberia, which had been declared Ebola-free. Recent spikes in cases in Sierra Leone and Guinea also show there is no room for complacency.  

Michelle Gundry, an intensive care nurse from Coventry, has worked at our Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone on three occasions. The mother-of-two recalls why she felt the need to help and the humanity that she found.

I’d never worked in a humanitarian crisis before. It wasn’t something I’d ever thought about doing.

I couldn’t ignore the images or stories in the media from West Africa. I had the skills and knowledge to help, so there were no excuses not to. More

Pictures and play help Nepal’s children find their voice

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©Eliza Cheung/IFRC

Three months after the Nepal earthquake, the Red Cross is helping traumatised children rebuild their lives.

In a health centre in Nepal, Eliza Cheung leafs through page after page of drawings. They are of all the same subject; a detailed Buddha. Sketches in crayon, pen and pencil.

The mother of the 12-year-old boy who created them died in April’s earthquake. Now the boy’s father has abandoned him.

The boy was brought to a health clinic in the village of Melamchi and eventually to Eliza, a Red Cross clinical psychologist.

“I’m not quite sure what it means yet, but [his drawings] really touch me,” Eliza says. “This is not a simple picture. I think he is trying to find ways to remember his mother. It is quite a traumatic experience for someone so young to go through.” More

Get the recipe that helped raise thousands for Nepal – and brought back memories of dad

©Sareta Puri

©Sareta Puri

Food blogger Sareta Puri drew on her Nepalese roots to create a mouth-watering fundraising feast.

Check out one of her recipes – and see why we’d love you to get cooking too.

Almost three months after the Nepal earthquake, millions of people still need urgent help. This includes essentials like clean water, food and a safe place to sleep.

What’s more, the arrival of the monsoon rains is making it even harder for them to rebuild their lives.

Across the UK, fundraisers are supporting our Nepal appeal and giving life-saving, life-changing help to people affected by the disaster. More

Families squeeze together in Iraq’s scorching heat

A woman washing dishes

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Summer in the UK is something to celebrate. But in conflict-hit Iraq, the temperatures can be horrifying.

In the capital Baghdad, aid worker Sahar reports that it’s 40 degrees Celsius in the day – and 35 at night.

Amid this simmering heat, families with no place of their own have crowded into the homes of friends and relatives.  Many have been forced to move more than once since the fighting flared up a year ago.

But with essentials such as water running low, how long can this hospitality last? More