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Stories of Life

Stories of inspiration, strength and kindness from around the world. Meet our volunteers, aid workers, staff and the people they support through tough times.

Abdalla - Nigeria

After two attacks on his community, Abdalla lost his son, home and livelihood; but he survived.

Abdel - Greece

“I used to have a toy shop in Damascus. Making children smile as I help the doctors with vaccinations makes me happy while I'm here.”

Andrew became a Red Cross volunteer after moving to Australia from Philipines.

Andrew - Western Australia

“When we moved here, it was a big change. Our family back home is very close but we didn’t know anyone here ...

Christina - South Sudan

Christina, one of our brave volunteers in South Sudan, teaches people how to maintain hygiene in difficult conditions.

Dr Abdilahi - Somaliland

Somaliland’s no longer in the grip of a life-threatening cholera outbreak thanks to the hard work of people like Dr Abdillahi.

Gabriela - Mexico

“That day was desperation. The city collapsed." When a massive earthquake hit Central Mexico in September ...

Heather - Northern Territory

“There’s damage everywhere. The thing that has really struck me is the level of destruction a category 2 cyclone can cause.”

Jess, a Red Cross humanitarian worker

Jess - Somalia

“The word famine is not used lightly," says aid worker Jess. She’s recently returned from East Africa ...

Joe - Iraq

Venturing into countries at war, aid worker Joe Cropp has many stories to tell. “I’m a humanitarian reporter and storyteller.

John Paul - Kenya

If resilience wears a human face, the chances are you’re looking at it. Meet John Paul, a farmer and father-of-five.

Karabo - Lesotho

After her dad died and her mum left to find work, Karabo became a surrogate parent for her two younger sisters.

Lenor - Mozambique

“Life has been very hard because of the drought … In this field, we cultivate it with our own hands, but it has yielded nothing ...

Libby - Somalia

Job description: six weeks in the Somalian heat, 16 hour days, no days off, limited water.

Madelena - South Sudan

"The Red Cross represents humanity to me," says Madelena, a volunteer at a Red Cross camp for displaced persons.

Mark - Bangladesh

“I’ve lost count of how much trauma I have witnessed. It’s evident on people’s bodies and in their eyes ...

Michael - South Sudan

Water is the source of life. Just ask Michael, who heads up Red Cross' South Sudan country office.

Michi - Bangladesh

Michi was born in a Red Cross hospital and works in a Red Cross hospital.

Narayan - Nepal

Meet Ambulance Uncle — if disaster strikes this is the guy you want to have around. He has saved more than 115 people's lives.

Rhonda - South Australia

Rhonda is a volunteer who provides support for at-risk 10 to 17-year-olds when they are being interviewed by police.

Richard - Gaza

“I saw cleaners helping medics with patients. I saw management putting on tourniquets to stop people from bleeding to death.”

Rosaria - Bangladesh

Rosaria is an aid worker running a men’s group in a simple open-plan bamboo and tarpaulin structure in a Bangladesh refugee camp.

Setara - Bangladesh

For single mum Setara a bamboo and tarpaulin shanty is home, for now at least.

Sirwan - Greece

”I speak four languages,” says Sirwan. “So I help people register at the Red Cross clinic and let them know about vaccination campaigns.

Soe - Myanmar

Every neighbourhood needs someone like 18-year-old Soe. “I became a volunteer because I want to be able to help people ...

Portrait of Stanley

Stanley - Northern Territory

Mental health is a hard subject and one that is rarely spoken about. That’s why Stanley’s work is so important.

Toni - Bangladesh

"This hospital is the pointy end of the stick. It's the only surgical hospital that runs 24/7," says our nurse, midwife & aid worker.

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