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Planes, ferries and food parcels: Delivering aid after Typhoon Haiyan.

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© Dave Luddington/BRC

© Dave Luddington/BRC

When British Red Cross logistics expert Dave Luddington arrived in the Philippines on 12 November, he and his colleagues faced a daunting challenge – getting life-saving aid to thousands of people whose lives had been ripped apart by Typhoon Haiyan.

With more than 14m people affected by the disaster, the need was urgent. Obstacles slowing down the relief effort ranged from shortages of skilled manpower and equipment to gridlocked roads. But with ingenuity and teamwork, Dave and his colleagues helped get vital support to those in need. More

How I became an international aid worker: Tom Russell

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Tom (right) in Haiti with a local Red Cross volunteer.

©Tom Russell

Tom Russell has just returned from a three-month posting in Beirut, Lebanon, where he was supporting our Syria crisis response.

What does your job involve?

A big part is meeting affected communities to learn about people’s lives and how a conflict or disaster has affected them. I then match their needs to services the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement can provide.

My technical area is relief and livelihoods. Do people need help with their animals if they’re pastoralists? Do they need support with their land if they’re agriculturalists? I’ll work up a programme around that – recruiting staff, working out the logistics and coordinating with other organisations. More

How I became an international aid worker: Charlie Dawson

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Charlie Dawson with a girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Charlie Dawson with a girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Charlie Dawson is a British Red Cross delegate on loan to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She has been working as a protection delegate for the ICRC since 2009. The ICRC works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. More