Gina Holmes

Global reporter

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Photo of the Day: Polio Campaign in Syria

Pictured above, a 5-year old boy from Syria, recently displaced, gets his polio vaccination from Dr. Tarek of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent health department.

A Syrian volunteer shares her story

Most 28 year-olds do not give up their careers to commit all their time to volunteering.
Abeer Shaker has a degree in media studies from Damascus University, but instead she’s been volunteering with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis and has decided to continue her work in the humanitarian field.

Japan: Three-year anniversary

Today marks three years since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami devastated Japan. The Red Cross continues to help survivors, like Satsuko Takezawa, return to a normal life.

Photo of the Day: Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivers aid to Homs

This past weekend, trucks from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent stocked with humanitarian aid entered the old city of Homs. While these trucks were clearly marked with the protective red crescent, shots were fired, targeting the aid workers. The team was able to exit Homs safely although one of the truck drivers was injured.

International Development Week: Highlighting Red Cross Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Kenya

 This week, February 2-8, is International Development Week; an opportunity to explore how Canadian Red Cross efforts are making a difference around the world.

Red Cross Response in Central African Republic

Over the last couple of months, Central African Republic civilians have been suffering due to the eruption of violence. The crisis has forced thousands to flee their homes, fearing for their families and lives. In Central African Republic, 80 per cent of health facilities are not working, many schools are closed, access to water and sanitation is more difficult and farming is in crisis.

Photo of the Day: How Hanna helped support Typhoon Haiyan

She’s only 8 years old, but she wanted to help out any way that she could. Meet Hanna, a grade 3 student from Saskatchewan. Hanna learned about Typhoon Haiyan during her Social Studies class. After hearing about the devastation in the Philippines, she thought about how she could raise money to help those who were affected.

Canadian Red Cross surgical team to assist in South Sudan conflict

Five Canadian Red Cross medical personnel are being deployed to South Sudan to increase the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) surgical capacity in communities recently affected by conflict in the region.

Syria infographic: Three years of conflict

Three years have passed since the crisis in Syria began and humanitarian needs are greater than ever. The violence has escalated and the impact has left civilians to suffer. Most of the population has been affected by the violence and it has taken a tremendous toll on families who have been forced to move, often multiple times. According to OCHA, some 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. 

ICRC update on South Sudan

This week, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer went to South Sudan to assess how to assist people who are affected by the latest conflict.

Since the outbreak of violence in mid December, thousands have died or have been wounded, and tens of thousands of people have fled their homes fearing for their lives.

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