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Photo of the day: Jillian's birthday gift to Syrian children

When Jillian Wright of Ottawa, Ontario was approaching her seventh birthday on October 23, she told her friends and family that instead of gifts she wanted money so that she could donate to the Red Cross to help Syrian children.

Translating the refugee crisis: Stories from Germany

Toronto-based disaster management expert Sarah Oberholzer shares stories of two Syrian refugees working as translators during her mission at the camp in Erding, Germany.

Round-up: Updates from Beirut, Paris and Indonesia

The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.

In Photos: The Canadian Red Cross and Afghan Red Crescent collaborate on emergency preparedness and recovery

Myrian Marotte is the director of Communications for the Canadian Red Cross Quebec Division. She recently accompanied the President of the Canadian Red Cross, Conrad SauvĂ©, on a mission to Afghanistan and Pakistan. She tells us about the assistance being provided to the emergency preparedness operations of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, the dedication of the Red Crescent teams, the essential services provided to the most vulnerable under extremely difficult circumstances, and young people who are filled with hope for the future. 

Letters to a jailed sister keep hope alive: Thanks to Red Cross program

When her sister was jailed in Iran, a British Columbia woman worried it would be years before she heard from her again. In 2011, foreign relatives weren’t allowed to communicate with Iranian prisoners and Nasrin felt desperate every day, wondering how her sister, Nooshin, was managing after her arrest for involvement with the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education in Iran. But a year later, she was thrilled to discover the Restoring Family Links program run by Canadian Red Cross would be able to help deliver mail to Nooshin in jail.

Showing your respect: #RedCrossRespect photo challenge winners

Thank you to all who submitted their selfies in the #RedCrossRespect photo challenge! Youth were asked to submit photos that represented healthy relationships to them and here are our winners from the contest – congratulations Andi, Elizabeth, Emilie and Heather!

The power of a smile: Canadian aid worker shares experience of refugee camps in Germany

Adeola Adebayo, a nurse in Halifax, recently returned from Germany where he assisted in the refugee response efforts. For a month, he worked in Feldkirchen and Erding refugee camps run by the German Red Cross.

Meeting people where they are

Two weeks ago, our world looked a bit different. We were providing psycho-social support at a transit camp for refugees near Munich in Germany as part of a Canadian Red Cross team assisting the German Red Cross. There we witnessed the best of humanity, the resilience and the courage of refugees, as well as the devastating effects of conflict in home countries, and the consequences of trauma during migration.

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