Although she soon settled into life in London, she often thought about her family and what had happened – until, after more than two years apart, the British Red Cross helped her find them. More
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Every month, we’re dusting off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This month, it’s a sculpture that takes a no-holds-barred look at a crisis that touched the nation.
There is something about this sculpture that sticks in the memory.
At a glance, it seems slight and brittle. The concave figure looks like it might snap in two. The head is twisted to one side in exhaustion – with the palms held up. The viewer’s eye flows down the body to the woman’s feet, where a small child lies: curled up and weak.
In fact, the sculpture is made from heavy bronze, measuring 65 by 34 centimetres across.
Its title is ‘Famine’. More
Twenty-year-old Doaa thought her father was dead. Her family had been torn apart by the conflict in Syria and her father was missing. She was now living with her mother in the UK.
Every Sunday, Bozenka Pearson settles down with a cup of tea and dials the number of her half-sister in Poland for a catch-up. The sisters chat in Polish, sharing news of their health and families. The conversation is so relaxed that no-one would guess it’s been only eight months since they spoke for the very first time…
“I always wanted to find my half-sister,” says Bozenka. “My father used to talk about her and her mother, and just before he died he said to me that one of the things he really regretted was that he could never trace his oldest daughter. And I just thought I wanted to do it.”
The ‘friendly’ Games are underway, and we’ve got hundreds of volunteers on hand to make sure everyone has a safe stay in Glasgow. Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’re up to.
1. First aiders, first aiders, everywhere…
You can barely turn a corner in Glasgow this week without bumping into a British Red Cross first aider. We’ve already been treating quite a few cuts and scrapes, and our teams are providing cover for 16 hours a day at the big BBC riverside festival in the city. More
She had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Her kidney failure, due to diabetes, meant dialysis treatment three times a week. She was slowly going blind. And to cap it all, she could no longer maintain her lovely big home.
The 64-year-old, from Llandudno, recalled: “I was at my lowest point – I was basically ready to die.” More
Want to know the score before entering our young person’s photography competition? Canon’s resident expert, David Parry, has some top tips.
1. Watch the background.
Pay close attention to what’s behind your subject. Bright colours and patterns can be distracting, and will take away from the impact your shot will have. More
If you find yourself shopping at Tesco between now and Saturday, you could do someone a very good turn by throwing a couple of extra items in your basket.
A UK-wide food collection drive has just launched today, and our volunteers are on hand in many stores to accept non-perishable items. These include tinned goods, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, cereal and UHT milk. More