Category: Refugee services

Top actors swap Macbeth for Madonna, and help refugees

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KarengillanpicThis week classically trained actors have been giving cheesey pop songs the Shakespeare treatment – the results are jaw-droppingly silly.

And now these bonkers videos are raising vital money for refugees.

It all started with actor David Fynn – who’s appeared in Game of Thrones and Sherlock, as well as American TV show Undateable.

Using the hashtag #15secondshakespeare, he challenged people to record short videos of themselves reading lines from pop songs as if they were performing the Bard’s plays.

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What happens when tourists and refugees share the streets?

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© Thomas Andre Syversten/IFRC

© Thomas Andre Syversten/IFRC

Nigel McGrath is watching two worlds collide on the holiday island of Kos. Every day, sun-tanned tourists share the streets with desperate refugees.

The Red Cross aid worker has seen everything from deadly typhoons to the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake – but no emergency quite like this.

Each week hundreds of people arrive on Kos from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and a host of other countries – some of the poorest and most dangerous places on earth. More

Why do we help refugees and migrants?

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Syrian refugees Rania and Judy © Thomas Andre Syvertsen/Norwegian Red Cross

Syrian refugees Rania and Judy © Thomas Andre Syvertsen/Norwegian Red Cross

With so many problems in the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We all want to help other people, but none of us can fix everything for everyone.

At the Red Cross we face this challenge – where to put our money and effort – every day.

But we have something that makes the decision much easier. Our seven Fundamental Principles.

These bold, brilliant ideas are 50 years old next month. But they still guide our work around the world, letting us do things no other organisation can. More

What you need to know about the refugee crisis – in just four graphs

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Syrian family, after arriving in Macedonia. © Stephen Ryan and IFRC

Syrian family in Macedonia, August 2015. © Stephen Ryan and IFRC

Millions of people are running for their lives from war and oppression. For some, a long journey to safety will take them to Europe. Find out more about the refugees who make it here, with a few helpful graphs and charts.   

There are now 19.5 million people refugees in the world – and more than half are children. That’s the largest movement of people since the Second World War.

Their journeys to safety are not only difficult. They are deadly. And a minority will end up in Europe, tired and desperate to rebuild their lives.

So what are the facts we need to know about the refugees on our doorstep?

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Helping refugees in Europe: your questions answered

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Red Cross volunteer distributes relief items to migrants

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Find out how you can help desperate refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants who have been forced to flee their homes.

What is the British Red Cross doing?

The British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal for refugees across Europe.

We’re supporting our partner Red Cross national societies in Italy and Greece. Volunteers and staff there are helping refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants arriving on their shores. More

These women can bust the refugee and migrant myths in just two minutes

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Yesterday we launched a Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal. Not sure whether to give? Let Sabah, Nejmeh and Ameena reveal what life is really like for refugees fleeing Syria.

A woman washing dishes

Sabah ©Wassem Al Bakri/Iraqi Red Crescent

Myth one: “Refugees and migrants all come to Europe”

The truth:

Sabah, 53, travelled across Syria for five days to get to conflict-hit Iraq – a country which is poorer than most in Europe, but hosts far more refugees. More