Mosul: snapshots from a city in torment

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In darkness, light shines on a man carrying another person with a leg wound on his shoulders as they flee Mosul at night

Escaping by night © A. Liohn/ICRC

For centuries, armed conflicts were fought by armies on vast battlefields. Even if cities were besieged or sacked, fighting rarely took place in the streets.

In the 21st century, wars are being fought in cities.

From 2010 to 2015, half of the civilians who were killed in armed conflict died in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

And 70 per cent of these people lived in cities.

Almost nowhere is worse affected than the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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‘There’s no normal life’ – Grenfell fire victims share their stories

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Every day a steady flow of people pass through the doors of the Westway Sports Centre seeking help in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Each person has a story to tell. Three local residents share their stories and how the British Red Cross has helped them.

James Woodley

James lives opposite Grenfell Tower. Shortly after the fire broke out, he saw smoke filling the windows of residents’ homes.

“I saw three young children, all aged four to five, screaming for help. It was extremely distressing,” James recalls.

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Make time for a conversation this Refugee Week – part two

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Sometimes, they say, the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

Filmed in time for Refugee Week, this series of conversations give a voice to refugees, their families, their friends and those they live alongside.

Occasionally funny or moving, but always informative, these videos leave the viewer with a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary lives and journeys of refugees living in the UK.

We hope you enjoy them and make time for your own conversations this Refugee Week.

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Make time for a conversation this Refugee Week

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Sometimes, they say, the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

Filmed in time for Refugee Week, this series of conversations give a voice to refugees, their families, their friends and those they live alongside.

Occasionally funny or moving, but always informative, these videos leave the viewer with a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary lives and journeys of refugees living in the UK.

We hope you enjoy them and make time for your own conversations this Refugee Week.

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Why I’m volunteering to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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The incredible generosity in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen people from all walks of life volunteering to help. The British Red Cross drafted in trained volunteers from across the country to help. Three volunteers share their stories. 

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Debi Haden, 50, a psychosocial support team member, from Norfolk

When you see the enormity of the situation, you can’t be anything but compelled to do something. I can’t change what has happened, I can’t take away the feelings people are experiencing, or what they’ve seen.

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What to do if you’ve been affected by Grenfell Tower fire

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grenfell-fire-volunteer-6This page is aimed at people directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

It is for residents, friends, family and neighbours. It will be updated with the latest official information about how to get help.

Assistance Centre 

People affected by the fire can go to the Assistance Centre, located at The Curve, No 10 Bard Road, Nottingdale, West London, W10 6TP.

The centre is open 10am to 8pm.

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Grenfell Tower fire: ‘People must get the support they need after traumatic events’

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In the aftermath of terrible events like the Grenfell Tower fire and the recent London and Manchester terror attacks, it’s so important people get the support they need.

Sarah Davidson, head of psychosocial at the British Red Cross, explains how we can support ourselves and our loved ones in times of trauma.

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