There is no time to think. You have to move

There is no time to think. You have to move

Syrians Nazeh, Mirvat and their three children fled their homeland in 2012, literally running for their lives and being shot at as they boarded a bus for Lebanon.

They realised their lives were in danger when father Nazeh was accused of supporting one side of the conflict by helping injured civilians at a makeshift hospital in his home.

“You cannot stop and think, there is no time to think. You have to move,” he says.

When they fled they grabbed just what they could carry, leaving everything else behind, including family, friends, home and businesses.

After two and a half years in Thailand, where Mirvat worked as an Arabic teacher, the family was accepted to New Zealand under the refugee quota.

Sitting in their Wellington living room, drinking homemade cardamom coffee, a Syrian specialty, Mirvat tells of her relief. After some online research, she knew they would find safety in New Zealand.

“I thought if they have 40 million sheep, we are safe,” she explains.

 

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Haiti: The American Red Cross is working to build resilience in Haiti through the use of Community Engagement and Accountability  or CEA. The community engagement aspect means providing communities with information, involving them with programs in which they are able to participate and have their wants and needs listened to. The accountability aspect of the program ensures that the Red Cross will be held accountable and follow through with its commitment.

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Iraqi refugee hopes to reunite with family and be happy in Croatia

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50-year-old Dhafer Aldoori had to leave his wife and five children behind as he fled Iraq. Since spending more than nine months in Croatia he has been granted asylum and is hoping to finally reunite with his family. Until then he will continue to volunteer with the Red Cross at the Zagreb reception centre.

“I had to flee my home city of Baghdad because of the growing tensions,” says Dhafer Aldoori. 

“I’m worried for my family and talk to them every day. I’m hoping that they will be able to join me now that my asylum application has been approved.” 

Aldoori is very proud of his children; his eldest daughter is an engineer, another one is a pharmacist, and his eldest son is about to finish his engineering studies. He is determined for his 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son to get a complete education as well.

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Philippines: The Philippine Red Cross has been providing aid following the effects of Typhoon Nock-Ten. The typhoon caused as many as 400,000 people to be displaced and they have been forced to seek refuge in places such as public buildings or schools. Volunteers of the Red Cross have been working to provide basic necessities to those affected, as many as 3,000 people were provided meals by the Red Cross so far. The Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon spoke out about the disaster and said “ is important to remember that in recent months, the country has been struck by four major typhoons and it is often the same people who get hit each time by these storms. They become increasingly vulnerable and need extra support to recover.”

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