Category: Emergencies

The nomadic tribe facing up to climate change in Namibia

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Climate change and El Niño have led to widespread drought across southern Africa. Remote tribal communities in Namibia are having to adapt their way of life to survive, as Luke Tredget reports.

When we landed in the Namibian capital city, Windhoek, it was hard to imagine we were in a country where the government had recently declared a state of emergency.

We encountered busy supermarkets, chain cafes, and all the vestiges of an advanced economy that you’d expect from a country that spent decades as a province of neighbouring South Africa.

But, as with so many places in Africa, it is a different story when you leave the capital. More

Good News from the deck of our rescue boat

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More than 100 people were reported to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday.

The Red Cross believes that no one should be left to drown at sea. Our rescue boats continue to patrol these perilous waters and rescued 113 people the very same day.

So far this year, our boats have saved around 7,000 lives. Among them is a young child called Good News, who was rescued in August. This is her story.

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10 photos from a forgotten crisis in Africa

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Two-year-old Amahani, who has been sick for one month, rests in her hut – ©MackenzieKnowles-Coursin/ICRC

The crisis in Africa’s Lake Chad region continues to get worse and continues to be ignored.

These striking images give an insight into this vast emergency.

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How Victoria Beckham’s shoes helped build a new future in the Philippines

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A boy looks out of the window of a house built by the Red Cross recovery programme in the Philippines

When the sun shines, rural Iloilo can feel like a tropical paradise. But when Typhoon Haiyan ripped into it, this province of the Philippines was anything but.

On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms ever to make landfall, killed 6,300 people and left four million homeless.

As soon as we heard the news, people in the UK were ready to help.

Over the next few months, our supporters raised a staggering £13 million for the British Red Cross.

Three years later, recovery from the typhoon is complete in Iloilo and people have been left better able to cope with future storms.

Here is how you – and Victoria Beckham – helped to rebuild communities.

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Q&A – The Lake Chad crisis explained

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Conflict, acute food shortages, disease and widespread displacement have conspired to leave millions of people in need of help in Africa’s Lake Chad region.

This dire humanitarian crisis has not happened overnight. Conflict has plagued the region for several years. People in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger are all suffering the consequences.

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From the deck of our rescue boat – a young man from Gambia

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“I lost my mother in 2009 when I was 10,” says a young man from Gambia, “then my father in 2014.”

“I have five younger brothers and sisters so I have to take care of them.

“I wanted to work the land but after my father died, other family members took our farm. I left school and worked as a goat herd. But it’s hard.

“When my uncle offered to pay for me to go to Europe, I thought it’s a good idea. But first I had to go from my home in Gambia to Libya.

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Soap, ambulances and 32,000 loaves of bread: the kit that’s ready to help the people of Mosul

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Approximately a million people are trapped in Mosul, Iraq by a battle being fought around them.

This is roughly equal to the population of Birmingham.

Having lived under siege for two years, thousands face shortages of food, water and medical care. Some have already started fleeing to safety while others may hold out at home until the fighting ends.

Almost all will need help as soon as we can reach them.

The British Red Cross is part of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Working with our partners, we are ready to help people as soon as they escape Mosul – or the fighting ends.

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