News stories from Africa

2 March 2015

Banishing Ebola from the body, mind and soul

“Little by little, men dressed in white suits invaded my dreams,” explains Red Cross volunteer Antoine Kovana Kolié.
Displaced but determined: Red Cross volunteers lead the way in flood-stricken Malawi
26 February 2015

Displaced but determined: Red Cross volunteers lead the way in flood-stricken Malawi

Red Cross volunteers, affected by flash flooding themselves, continue to step forward to help their neighbours.
Sierra Leone: Red Cross Ebola soap opera educates and engages communities
24 February 2015

Sierra Leone: Red Cross Ebola soap opera educates and engages communities

What could be a scene of an Ebola affected community is in fact the set of the Sierra Leone Red Cross’ new soap opera
Improving risk reduction in Central Africa through mutual cooperation
24 February 2015

Improving risk reduction in Central Africa through mutual cooperation

Red Cross and Central African States enter into memorandum of understanding
Desire to return home hindered by ongoing conflict in Central African Republic
23 February 2015

Desire to return home hindered by ongoing conflict in Central African Republic

Ongoing conflict has destroyed the livelihoods of many with businesses in ruins and farmers unable to tend to their crops.
Malawi: “The water has taken everything from us”
23 February 2015

Malawi: “The water has taken everything from us”

“I was up to my neck in water,” 54-year-old Eliza Kambewa remembers
Guinea: Red Cross volunteers risk their lives to end Ebola
23 February 2015

Guinea: Red Cross volunteers risk their lives to end Ebola

Red Cross volunteer Lopou Topou describes how she was attacked while trying to end Ebola in Guinea.
Relief is not enough in flood-stricken Malawi
18 February 2015

Relief is not enough in flood-stricken Malawi

Aid efforts paused when fresh rains again rose the rivers in the Lower Shire valley.
Health information adds to families’ wellbeing in Kenya
9 February 2015

Health information adds to families’ wellbeing in Kenya

How the sharing of knowledge is leading to healthier babies in northern Kenya.
Tied to a tree to escape rising flood waters in Mozambique
6 February 2015

Tied to a tree to escape rising flood waters in Mozambique

When the floods hit the town of Furquia in the Lugela community, Zita Nunes was at her farm.
Malawi: 2.6 M Swiss franc emergency appeal as flood-hit country fears long-term crisis
26 January 2015

Malawi: 2.6 M Swiss franc emergency appeal as flood-hit country fears long-term crisis

With more rain expected, the number of people affected by flooding in Malawi continues to grow.
Malawi: heavy rains and flooding leave thousands destitute
23 January 2015

Malawi: heavy rains and flooding leave thousands destitute

When 80-year-old Nellie Nkhoma went to sleep on the night of 6 January, she expected the following morning to just like any other with nothing more difficult than housework to do.
Meet Alfouseyni Dicko, a Red Cross volunteer who traced and identified an Ebola case in Mali
30 December 2014

Meet Alfouseyni Dicko, a Red Cross volunteer who traced and identified an Ebola case in Mali

Alfouseyni Dicko is married with four children and has been on the front lines of crises in Mali since 2009.
Kono District: Newest Ebola hotspot in Sierra Leone
29 December 2014

Kono District: Newest Ebola hotspot in Sierra Leone

Red Cross teams descend on Kono, in an attempt to halt the spike in cases.
Burying Ebola’s victims with dignity: If we don’t do it, who will?
23 December 2014

Burying Ebola’s victims with dignity: If we don’t do it, who will?

Mamadi Kourouma, a volunteer with the Red Cross Society of Guinea, is extremely busy this morning
Easing the distress of communities reeling from the Ebola outbreak
22 December 2014

Easing the distress of communities reeling from the Ebola outbreak

We were close. Since he died, I have not been myself. I can't sleep.
Sierra Leone:  Showing solidarity as Ebola hits new districts
19 December 2014

Sierra Leone: Showing solidarity as Ebola hits new districts

Kono district is the latest Ebola hotspot in Sierra Leone
Mali Red Cross: Containing the Ebola outbreak while preparing for the worst
19 December 2014

Mali Red Cross: Containing the Ebola outbreak while preparing for the worst

Doctor Alain Kapete usually wears a calm and quiet demeanour, but today, he moves about constantly.
Profile of vulnerable people - Felix
18 December 2014

Profile of vulnerable people - Felix

The first person we saw when we arrived into Saint Charles Lwanga camp was Felix and his large smile.
Profile of vulnerable people - Estella
18 December 2014

Profile of vulnerable people - Estella

She looks 15, but is in fact 20. Estella is breastfeeding her baby at the camp she and her family now call home.

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