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Dynamo brings a bit of magic to refugees in Liverpool

Dynamo in Liverpool

Don’t believe in magic?

Many of the refugees in our Liverpool drop-in centre could be forgiven for not believing.

They have fled their homes and fetched up halfway around the world.

Some of them, owing to bureaucratic delays and restrictions in the immigration system, are homeless and hungry.

Enter Dynamo, world-renowned magician and illusionist.

The magician made a surprise visit ahead of a gig in Liverpool. And he put on quite a show.

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Refugee Reporting Award: and the winner is..

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Many congratulations to Matina Stevis and Joe Parkinson who last night won the prestigious Refugee Reporting Award at the One World Media Awards.

Their project was one of three outstanding nominated pieces shining a light on one story among 60 million.

That’s because today, 60 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict. 

We caught up with the nominees and asked them about their work.

Take a look and let us know which story was your favourite. 

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“They gave my family a future”: how the Red Cross helped reunite one Syrian family

Hussin Zahra and family

How bad would things have to get before you chose to leave your town, your village?

Hussin’s family waited until the gunfire carried on right through the night.

After a horrendous journey in a boat across the Mediterranean, the Red Cross has helped Hussin reunite with his family in Birmingham.

As the family’s story features on the BBC this week, find out how they were reunited against the odds.

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Home from hospital: time for change

Raymond Attrell with Anna Holecz

Raymond Attrell with British Red Cross support worker Anna Holecz.

The day you get the OK to return home after being in hospital, should be a really good day. So why are some people afraid to go home?

You’ve recovered. You should be feeling better, positive and confident that you can cope with life at home – with whatever support you have arranged.

But a report has revealed that’s not always the case. Vulnerable patients, often frail or elderly, are being sent home from hospital too early – afraid and with little support.

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Syria crisis: a grave would be better than this life

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Cold, lonely, hungry and surrounded by conflict. There is little to cheer for Mohamad.

All he has is hope. Hope that one day the guns in Syria will fall silent and that life will return to normal.

“What is this war? We cannot understand it,” he said.

The stories and photos that have emerged from Madaya in recent days have highlighted the plight of those left behind in Syria.

And while much of the focus has been on the besieged town near Damascus, the sad truth is that millions of people across Syria are in exactly the same position.

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Syria crisis: “Heartbreaking” scene in Madaya

Madaya Syria aid

Conditions in the Syrian town of Madaya have been described as “heartbreaking” and “desperate”.

An aid convoy reached the besieged town near Damascus yesterday – the first time aid has been able to get through since October.

Pawel Krzysiek, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was in the convoy.

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Refugee crisis: “We are all the same”

Refugees-Grande-SyntheOn one side of the road, a French suburban estate with large detached houses and family cars in pristine driveways.

On the other side of the road, armed police stand in front of a dirt track. Scores of muddied refugees, poorly dressed against the wet winter weather, mingle around them.

Welcome to Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, a place where worlds collide.

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UK floods – tales of hardship and hope

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British Red Cross volunteers are never short of motivation when it comes to helping people in need. And as our chief executive Mike Adamson has been finding out, they have had a particularly busy festive period.

It has been a hugely testing few weeks for communities affected by flooding. It’s difficult to imagine the hardship people are going through.

Countless homes and businesses have been damaged, while roads and bridges have been swept away. There is little we can do to stem the force of the flood waters, but we can help people recover.

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