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“The world has forgotten”: An artist’s take on the Syria crisis

A man holds a milk bottle

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How can one image sum up four years of violence, fear and hardship?

A new artwork is using more than a thousand milk bottles to mark four years since the start of the conflict in Syria.

No One Home has been curated by Syrian artist Ibrahim Fakhri, who now lives in Oxford. He describes the impact of the crisis – and reveals how art can show people the reality of life for those affected. More

Art from the past: feeding Europe’s hungry

The feeding painting

Every month, we dust off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This painting was a topical one after the Second World War – when much of Europe was left hungry and homeless.

Look at this oil painting, and you notice the detail etched into the faces. They are all downcast: eyes on the floor and shuffling their hands. There’s a clear sense of weariness and waiting.

For artist Max Huber, in 1948, this painting was like a newscast: it captured a very current crisis.

The Second World War was over, but Europe was still reeling – and dealing with hunger and homelessness. More

Ten blogs you shouldn’t miss

We’re looking back at the blogs that touched us most in 2014. Some put a smile on our face, while others just knocked us for six. These people aren’t household names and many of the issues weren’t headline news – but they’re all powerful stories. Have a read and see what you think.  

1) WHAT CHILDHOOD IS THIS?

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“How far is it to the hospital?”, we ask the boy’s father. He replies: “Four days by footing (walking).”

South Sudan. A nine-year old boy has a broken leg with an open wound. He’s in unbearable pain.

However, all the rain means that people can’t travel by road. More

Why first aid belongs on the school curriculum

School first aid BLOGThis morning’s call by politicians for schools to teach CPR skills is welcome – but only goes part of the way to addressing a thorny issue.

First, the good news.

Earlier today, the Labour Party announced its intention to teach all school pupils how to provide CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) for someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

So far, so good. Cardiac arrest can kill in minutes, so the more young people trained to help the better.

But suppose one of those CPR-trained pupils came across someone with a nasty cut or burn injury, or having an asthma attack. What would they be expected to do then? More

2014: the year in pictures

Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve been able to help people in crisis around the world in 2014. Here’s to a happy – and peaceful – New Year for everyone. 

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©British Red Cross

You may have caught our bright and shiny advert on television in January. The main message is that the British Red Cross is here to help people in crisis: whether it’s a catastrophic typhoon in the Philippines or someone like Peter (played by an actor in the advert), stranded at home after a stroke. Look out for the advert on your telly in January 2015.

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Finding freedom: Unique support groups help people live with HIV and TB

A group of men, women and children sit around a table

© Matthew Percival/BRC

On World AIDS Day, see how people living with HIV overcome discrimination and a host of other challenges.

Thousands of people in Kazakhstan are living with HIV and TB. Myths and and stigma about the illnesses can leave them cut off from society. They face discrimination at work, in hospitals and from their neighbours and even families. For many people, just finding a sympathetic ear can seem impossible.

But at support groups run by the Kazakhstan Red Crescent, with backing from the British Red Cross, they come together to relax, laugh and swap ideas and experiences. More

The curious tale of the ‘black doctor of Paddington’

Dr-John-Alcindor-BLOGA determined doctor who overcame bigotry and prejudice to help others during the First World War has finally won recognition. As Britain celebrates Black History Month, we trace his story.

John Alcindor was a gifted doctor, respected and trusted by his many patients.

Originally from Trinidad, John graduated with a medical degree from Edinburgh University in 1899. He then worked in London hospitals for several years before going into practice on his own.

When the First World War broke out in 1914, he naturally wanted to use his skills to help with the war effort.

But despite his qualifications and experience, he was rejected outright by the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1914 because of his ‘colonial origin’.

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