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Kenya Red Cross Society provides psychosocial support after attack in Nairobi

WestgateMallAttack21-9-2013

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was the first to respond, reacting within minutes after a shooting onslaught erupted at a popular shopping centre in Nairobi on 21 September. The attack at the Westgate Mall, which was carried out by a group armed with hand grenades and guns, claimed 68 lives and injured more than… Read more »

The invisible scars of war

Syrian children playing at" Al-Malaab al-Baladi"shelter for Syrian displaced families in Jaramana, Rural Damascus. 
Photo: Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

“The children who come now, they’re in a much worse situation than those who came before, because they’ve been witnessing atrocities for a much longer time. They’ve witnessed killings, butcherings, living under shells. […] The children can tell you, ‘This is the sound of an incoming shell.’ They’ve been living in this tense situation of… Read more »

Syrian children without a childhood

Lebanese Red Cross is conducting a series of five trainings in psychosocial support for Syrian refugees. Here Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian volunteers are learning about conducting camp activities for children
Photo: Ea Akasha, International Federation

In the fashionable shopping streets of Beirut, Syrian women and children beg passersby for money, food and other necessities. On building sites around Lebanon, Syrian children who really should be in school work hard for little pay to help support their families. For Syrian refugee children, childhood is over much too quickly. By Louise Juul… Read more »

Urban Risk Reduction – PS training

Mukuru volunteer

“Mukuru” means dumping site in Swahili and that is exactly what the Mukuru informal settlements (or slums) on the outskirts of Nairobi are built on. Here people live in close quarters under harsh and dangerous conditions. The Kenya Red Cross Society runs an urban risk reduction programme in Mukuru to educate about safety and care… Read more »