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Rainbow marks powerful moment at a camp in Bangladesh

Sandra Damota, a Canadian psychosocial worker currently in Bangladesh, shares some of her experiences working as a member of an international Red Cross team helping thousands living in camps in Bangladesh after fleeing their homes due to violence in Myanmar.

"That [photo] was actually a really powerful moment as we prepared to support the Canadian mobile health team with the arrival of about 2,500 refugees into the transit camp from the border."

The use of social media in crisis and the new Facebook crisis centre

With social media being such an important part of our daily lives, it comes as no surprise that these tools are becoming an important source of information during crises such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other emergencies.
 

Responding to the needs of a fleeing population in Bangladesh

Imagine having to escape violence in your home country. You pick up what you can, but you need to leave right now, what would you take? There are thousands of others doing the same. The violence may be right at your door, you may become separated from family and friends in the chaos. Now you need to travel to another country and find shelter there. ​Since October 2016, this has been the reality for hundreds of thousands of people who have fled violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar into Bangladesh.

Myanmar crisis: Red Cross workers share firsthand experiences

A child’s terrible drawing of violence in Myanmar. People in crowded Bangladesh camps gently welcoming those who want to help them. Eager volunteers from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society also pitching in with much-needed assistance. Just days after arriving, these are a few early impressions from members of the Canadian Red Cross mobile medical team and their Mexican Red Cross colleagues.

Child protection update from makeshift settlements in Bangladesh

As thousands continue to flee violence in Myanmar, children who are unaccompanied or who have been separated from their parents and guardians rely on the protection of others - here is how the Red Cross and Red Crescent is helping. 

Photo of the day: Responding to the needs of drought-affected families in Ethiopia

In drought-stricken Ethiopia, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting the Ethiopian Red Cross Society in delivering immediate life-saving help, including safer drinking water (via water trucking and water purification), hygiene promotion and supplies, and supplementary feed for livestock.

Devastating floods and mudslides in Sierra Leone: Usman Deen Kargbo tells his story

Overnight on August 14, after several days of torrential rainfall, devastating floods and mudslides occurred in and around Sierra Leone's capital city, Freetown. The most affected areas are in the eastern part of Racecourse, and in the outskirts of Regent and Lumley areas.
 

Manitoba evacuee shares gratitude for safety and community

For Virginia Monias, 61, a member of Garden Hill First Nation, it was Manitoba's changing winds that forced her out of her home.
"The smoke was coming from the south, but they were afraid the smoke would come from the west and hit Garden Hill. They were prepared for it. That's why we came to Winnipeg," said Monias, who was evacuated on September 2.

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