Feeding families on the move in Iraq

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Violence in Iraq has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Many are making long journeys across the borders to escape the fighting. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society has been helping families on the move, providing vital food and water.

See them in action in these photos and make a donation to help bring food, water, shelter and healthcare to people affected by the violence.

World Humanitarian Day: Why we must protect aid workers

Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers in the Occupied Palestine Territory are undertaking vital humanitarian work. They are working to protect the lives of civilians – who make up a disproportionately large number of casualties in this conflict – in the spirit of the Movement’s Fundamental Principles.

On World Humanitarian Day, watch our video and see why it’s crucial aid workers around the world are allowed to work in safety.

Haiti earthquake: ‘I sleep better now’

Saramie-DorvilierOn the evening of 12 January, 2010, Saramie Dorvilier was at church with her son. What had been an uneventful day, quickly turned into “the longest night of my life” for the 57-year-old.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck at 4.53pm near the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. It destroyed Saramie’s home and left her daughter and husband trapped beneath the rubble.


Lebanon’s Syrian refugees: Cash grants to help the most vulnerable

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A settlement of tents in Akkar

With the conflict in Syria into its fourth year, well over a million Syrians have now fled across the border into neighbouring Lebanon. With no legal right to work, most refugees struggle to pay for essential costs such as food, shelter and medicines. But in the northern district of Akkar the Lebanese Red Cross, with help from the British Red Cross, is giving vital support to some of those worst affected. 

Five hundred vulnerable households will get cash grants of $250 (worth about £150) a month for five months, money which can be used to meet their basic needs. They will also take part in health awareness training sessions designed to boost community resilience, and receive smaller grants for winter needs. Most of those helped will be Syrian refugees, but a smaller number of vulnerable Lebanese families will also be given support through the programme. More

Video: Destruction leaves families homeless and frightened

During a brief ceasefire, residents of Gaza return to find their homes reduced to dust and rubble. Heavy shelling in the area of Shijaia has left scenes of appalling destruction. For people searching for personal belongings among the debris, the future looks bleak.

The Red Cross is bringing vital help to the people of Gaza and Israel. Donate to the Gaza and Israel Appeal now.

Supporters Tweet and dig deep for Red Cross in Gaza and Israel


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Every day the Red Cross and Red Crescent brings health care, clean water and other vital help to people affected by the crisis in Gaza and Israel. To fund this work, our supporters are digging deep and making donations large and small to the British Red Cross Gaza and Israel Appeal.

People have been making payments online, over the phone, by post and in plenty of other ways too. But how else have they supported the appeal?

As well as opening their wallets, they’ve been asking friends and family to give too – bringing in even more donations. Our appeal launched on July 24, and within hours people were spreading the word on Twitter.


West Africa Ebola outbreak – preserving life after death  

IMG_2345Ebola has no sympathy. In life, it causes untold suffering; in death, it robs you of your dignity.

Where normally the deceased in West Africa could expect a traditional burial, Ebola has denied them that privilege.

Those who have succumbed to Ebola, remain infectious. Instead of a funeral attended by friends and family, theirs is now a discreet burial carried out by men in white overalls wearing masks. They’re buried in body bags, not one, but two.

It’s a morbid task, one that is being carried out by teams of Red Cross workers.


Haunted by death: doctor tells of life in Gaza



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.