Stories of inspiration, strength and kindness from around the world. Meet our volunteers, aid workers, staff and the people they support through tough times.
After two attacks on his community, Abdalla lost his son, home and livelihood; but he survived.
“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.”
“When we moved here, it was a big change. Our family back home is very close but we didn’t know anyone here ...
Christina, one of our brave volunteers in South Sudan, teaches people how to maintain hygiene in difficult conditions.
Somaliland’s no longer in the grip of a life-threatening cholera outbreak thanks to the hard work of people like Dr Abdillahi.
“That day was desperation. The city collapsed." When a massive earthquake hit Central Mexico in September ...
“There’s damage everywhere. The thing that has really struck me is the level of destruction a category 2 cyclone can cause.”
“The word famine is not used lightly," says aid worker Jess. She’s recently returned from East Africa ...
Venturing into countries at war, aid worker Joe Cropp has many stories to tell. “I’m a humanitarian reporter and storyteller.
If resilience wears a human face, the chances are you’re looking at it. Meet John Paul, a farmer and father-of-five.
After her dad died and her mum left to find work, Karabo became a surrogate parent for her two younger sisters.
“Life has been very hard because of the drought … In this field, we cultivate it with our own hands, but it has yielded nothing ...
Job description: six weeks in the Somalian heat, 16 hour days, no days off, limited water.
"The Red Cross represents humanity to me," says Madelena, a volunteer at a Red Cross camp for displaced persons.
“I’ve lost count of how much trauma I have witnessed. It’s evident on people’s bodies and in their eyes ...
Water is the source of life. Just ask Michael, who heads up Red Cross' South Sudan country office.
Michi was born in a Red Cross hospital and works in a Red Cross hospital.
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 is a volunteer who provides support for at-risk 10 to 17-year-olds when they are being interviewed by police.
“I saw cleaners helping medics with patients. I saw management putting on tourniquets to stop people from bleeding to death.”
Rosaria is an aid worker running a men’s group in a simple open-plan bamboo and tarpaulin structure in a Bangladesh refugee camp.
For single mum Setara a bamboo and tarpaulin shanty is home, for now at least.
”I speak four languages,” says Sirwan. “So I help people register at the Red Cross clinic and let them know about vaccination campaigns.
Every neighbourhood needs someone like 18-year-old Soe. “I became a volunteer because I want to be able to help people ...
Mental health is a hard subject and one that is rarely spoken about. That’s why Stanley’s work is so important.
"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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