Stories from the field

Learn all about the work of Red Cross in our international programs.

Supporting the Solomon Islands to prepare for COVID-19

Operations Manager Jeff Barnard shares how the islands are staying safe.

Tonga Red Cross is upskilling volunteers

Volunteer coordinator Amin Taumoefolau shares his story.

I was an Australian nurse in Afghanistan

What I saw when Kabul fell will never leave me.

Recovering from Tropical Cyclone Yasa

Red Cross teams are helping people in Fiji stay safe and start to rebuild. 7 January 2021 Last month, Cyclone Yasa battered Fiji with intense winds, storm surges and flooding.

Responding to the Beirut Explosion

6 August 2020 Our colleagues at Lebanese Red Cross are on the ground responding to an enormous explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon on August 4.

Everybody knows someone affected

When a deadly measles outbreak hit Samoa, Red Cross volunteers were on the frontline supporting the community and helping stop the disease from spreading further.

The power of good neighbours

When Tropical Cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu, Red Cross volunteers hiked along clifftops and traversed overflowing creeks to help remote and hard-to-reach communities.

Syria Crisis – 9 Years On

Renewed fighting in the country’s North-West is a stark reminder that the conflict is far from over.

Melbourne’s M*A*S*H nurse on the frontline

The scene is like a real-life version of M*A*S*H. In a makeshift medical facility in South Sudan, Kieren Box and other aid workers are called to fly to a wedding that has turned into a gunfight.

Walking the tightrope to avoid a forgotten crisis in Cox’s Bazar

Anniversaries matter. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries of the death of loved ones have a deep resonance for most of us.

The sludge is clearing after two years in Bangladesh camps

Trudging through muddy tracks in the monsoon rains to relief distribution sites, dilapidated bamboo retaining walls hold up precarious slopes of clay.

Four special Red Cross nurses honoured for courage, spirit and service

A group of Australian Red Cross nurses have earned the highest international distinction a nurse can ever receive.

Massive earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has devastated Papua New Guinea, with parts of the country now in a state of emergency.

Why has the world failed Syria?

The Australian aid worker who heads up the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent operations in Syria reflects on a brutal eight-year long war.

Tropical Cyclone Gita

Taikivu’s roof was ripped off in the cyclone, but his family has a dry place to sleep tonight. Cyclone Gita is one of the strongest tropical cyclones to ever hit Tonga.

Bringing hope to a place no one should have to call home

Sam Cleary, a water and sanitation engineer and Red Cross aid worker, shares this story of life in the refugee camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Your support is helping the people of Lombok stay strong

Following a series of devastating earthquakes, emergency relief is getting to where it's needed. Thank you to everyone who donated to our Indonesian Earthquake Appeal.

Syria: Is there still hope?

It’s been seven years since Syria’s conflict began – is there still hope?

We can't engineer a way out of the Bangladesh camps

In Bangladesh refugee camps, there is a scramble underway to prevent a catastrophe and mass deaths.

Red Cross Nurses Honoured at Florence Nightingale Ceremony

Five Australian Red Cross nurses have been honoured with the Florence Nightingale Award today for their “exceptional courage and devotion to the victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.”

Spare human life in eastern Aleppo

Thousands of civilians are in grave danger in the final moments of the battle in eastern Aleppo.

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