Cat Carter

Head of Humanitarian Information & Communications Unit, Save The Children, @HumanitarianCat

Cat Carter, who is 29, has worked for Save the Children for the last five years. She is currently the Head of Humanitarian Information & Communications, based in London.

Her job takes her around the world, reporting on and responding to all sorts of humanitarian crises - from natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, to man-made catastrophes such as war and famine.
A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in

A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in Donetsk

With the crisis currently engulfing her home, Svetlana is unable to work, and when the conflict intensified around her, she became afraid for her family's lives. She fled with her children to a neighbouring village. We sit together in a crowded family shelter as she tells me her story.
22/01/2015 17:53 GMT
Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.
26/11/2014 17:19 GMT
The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still

The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares at the bicycle. Then sits down heavily and starts speaking in slow, measured tones...
08/09/2014 16:15 BST
What Happens When You Mix Desperate Parents, a War Zone and Sexual

What Happens When You Mix Desperate Parents, a War Zone and Sexual Violence?

Then there's the physical harm to girls. In some cases, it's fatal. A child bride is likely to become sexually active at a young age, while her body is still developing, and she may not have much understanding of reproduction and sexual health. Child brides often find it difficult to discuss family planning methods or sexual practices openly with their husbands. And they often face pressure from family members to become pregnant quickl
23/07/2014 11:07 BST
Gaza: The Place Where Nothing Was As It

Gaza: The Place Where Nothing Was As It Seemed

Earlier this year, when I was in Gaza, people everywhere asked me the same thing: "Ah, how do you find it here? What do you think of this place?" It's a challenging question. How do I find Gaza? Unexpectedly beautiful. Impossibly sad.
14/07/2014 13:23 BST
Sexual Violence in Conflict: Roha's

Sexual Violence in Conflict: Roha's Story

23 years old, Roha is softly spoken, but firm in her opinions. I'd sat with her to talk about the impact of a recent conflict on her and her family, but the conversation quickly became much darker...
11/06/2014 12:13 BST
Syria: Where Is Our Outrage and Why Does It Matter That It's

Syria: Where Is Our Outrage and Why Does It Matter That It's Missing?

Aid workers work in some tough places. Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Syria...the list goes on. It can be a difficult life - faced with daily tragedy on a massive scale, far from family and friends for months on end, unchanging stodgy and irregular food, limited clean water.
28/03/2014 11:43 GMT
Syria: We Must Turn UN Security Council Words Into

Syria: We Must Turn UN Security Council Words Into Action

A year ago, almost to the day, I visited a refugee settlement on the Syria border, and it changed everything for me... Nothing prepared me for what I found a year ago. Instead of a population in need of aid, I found families outraged by the international silence surrounding the brutality of the conflict they had fled.
04/10/2013 16:52 BST
Education in Conflict-Torn Syria: We Are All

Education in Conflict-Torn Syria: We Are All Malala

Today is Malala Day. Her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago she became a victim of an attack on education, when she was shot and almost fatally wounded by armed men on her way back from school. Her bravery has shone a light on the scale of the educational crisis the world still faces, as well as the struggle for a future faced by children living in areas affected by conflict. The situation in Syria typifies this struggle.
12/07/2013 12:32 BST
Syria: I Drove My Car, I Painted My Nails... Just Like

Syria: I Drove My Car, I Painted My Nails... Just Like You

"I want the world to feel us, to have compassion, to listen to these stories of our lives and our suffering. To know that no-one wants to leave their home. We were living a normal life - we had houses, jobs, shops, warehouses. Now we have lost everything, we have nothing. I just want the people outside to know that we were just like you."
08/07/2013 17:14 BST
Syria: We Were Many People, Where Are They

Syria: We Were Many People, Where Are They Now?

The crossing point is metres away from where I'm standing and I can see into Syria. Vicious clouds of sand and grit surround us, and the sun is beating down - the average temperature here is 40 degrees. Trucks stream past us, crammed with sacks of food and desperate refugees...
05/07/2013 11:50 BST
Syrian Children Tell of

Syrian Children Tell of Torture

"It is ironic, that they took me there to torture me, in the same place I used to go to school to learn. My father was actually the Principal there. They had taken over the school and made it into a torture centre. It wasn't a proper jail, I learnt later. It was a place they took you to first, before jail. To torture you."
28/09/2012 16:42 BST
Syria: One Woman's

Syria: One Woman's Story

I'm crouched next to Reem, a beautiful young Syrian woman living in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. A head scarf covers her hair and her family hover nearby. She is telling me about her life in Dera'a, Syria, and why they left. She is also crying.
25/09/2012 08:21 BST
Fleeing Gunfire in Mogadishu - Fatuma's

Fleeing Gunfire in Mogadishu - Fatuma's Story

Thousands of Somalis have been forced to flee an ongoing military offensive in Afgooye Corridor, Southern Somalia. More than 5,000 people have arrived, many on foot and carrying nothing, into overcrowded Mogadishu. I'm standing in Sigale camp, Mogadishu, and the trickle of people struggling in becomes a torrent. Mothers carrying children and their meagre belongings look shattered and collapse under nearby trees.
28/05/2012 17:18 BST