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Mike Adamson

Chief Executive at the British Red Cross

Mike Adamson is Chief Executive at the British Red Cross.

Houston And South Asia May Seem Worlds Apart, But The Challenges Are The Same

In recent days, over 1,000 people have died across South Asia with a staggering 41 million people affected. People have lost their homes, crops and livelihoods. Flooding has seen more than a third of Bangladesh submerged. Health facilities, roads, schools and markets are under water. More rain is forecast and the situation could yet get worse.
03/09/2017 15:43 BST

How We're Turning Grenfell Donations Into Cash For Victims

In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, dozens of people started to arrive at the local rest centres with bottles of water, bags of bedding, clothing, children's toys, anything they could muster to help those who had lost everything. Very quickly, those dozens of people turned into a community, then a city, and before the day was out the whole country was donating items to the fire victims. Everyone wanted to do something to help. It was a huge spontaneous response to what has been one of the UK's worst peacetime disasters.
19/07/2017 10:41 BST

Stand Together With The People Of London On Saturday Night

The fund will support people who have been injured, bereaved or traumatised by terror attacks in the UK, helping to alleviate immediate suffering and ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties.
09/06/2017 16:02 BST

This Is A Worsening Humanitarian Crisis That Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Severe hunger that threatens lives is spreading across parts of Africa. Chronically and silently, a food crisis has been growing which the UN says now means that 20million people are facing deadly hunger. It hasn't happened in a day, it won't be solved in one, but it desperately needs the world's focus to save those lives.
26/02/2017 19:14 GMT

We Are Ready To Help The People Of Aleppo, But Protection Of Civilians And Aid Workers Is Vital

As I write this, I have just been given the devastating news that Yasser Lakmoush, a SARC volunteer from Idlib, has tragically been killed while undertaking humanitarian work. Poignantly, before his death, he tried to illustrate the emotions of being a frontline first aider in this crisis: "the feeling you have when you save somebody cannot be described, it is a matter of life or death."
16/12/2016 13:18 GMT

It's Time To Act And Support People Of All Ages Suffering From Social Isolation

Earlier this year the British Red Cross supported Barbara in Paignton, Devon. She has mobility limitations that meant she could no longer leave the house. She had to give up work, her routine, and seeing friends and family. She completely lost her independence. This is why tackling loneliness and social isolation through our partnership with the Co-op is so important. Because people like Barbara are not alone.
12/12/2016 15:41 GMT

The Other Side Of The Mosul Operation: How Do You Help One Million People Who Need Food, Water And Shelter?

Over recent weeks and months we've seen attacks on civilian targets such as hospitals and aid convoys in Syria and Yemen. We appeal to all parties to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law - precaution, protection and distinction of civilians. Everything must be done to allow the safe and unimpeded access to any humanitarian organisation working to protect and assist the people fleeing Mosul.
21/10/2016 16:12 BST

This Is Not The First Attack On Aid Workers In Syria - But It Must Be The Last

Volunteers are not collateral damage. They are not acceptable targets when a ceasefire ends. Ceasefire or no, the rules of international humanitarian law still apply. Safe access must mean safe access. Guarantees given by fighting parties must be honoured. This recent attack has horrified people across the world. It has also denied 78,000 people of much-needed aid. These attacks cannot and must not continue. We call for all aid workers to be respected and protected. This, sadly, may not be the first time aid workers have been attacked. But it should be - it must be - the last.
26/09/2016 01:04 BST

Europe Can Do Better Than the EU-Turkey Deal

We, the undersigned European Red Cross National Societies, are gravely concerned by the humanitarian implications of the agreement reached by the EU and Turkey to stem migration to Europe.
25/03/2016 16:03 GMT

For the Sake of Syria, Aid Must Get Through

Syria, when it does make the news, is seen in terms of battle lines and military strategies. When civilians are forced to flee, they go wherever they think they will be safest - but often their choice is misunderstood as a declaration of allegiance to one group or another.
25/03/2015 17:40 GMT

28 Days to Destitution: Turbulent Transition for New Refugees Must End

Many of the people we work with are relying on food parcels, crisis grants from the Red Cross and the kindness of the local community. After the 28-day transition period, the state no longer provides housing. Some people sofa-surf if they have friends. If they don't, sleeping rough is the only option. And what makes it even tougher to stomach is that it is entirely avoidable.
29/08/2014 08:26 BST

Let Us Not Overlook the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq

It is not our role to discuss how best to bring peace, but it is up to us to address the impact of the conflict on civilians and their humanitarian needs. The need to scale up assistance is great and urgent. Access will become increasingly difficult in some areas - already aid agencies have to negotiate to reach people in need on a daily basis. More supplies are desperately needed in order to support ever-growing numbers of displaced people. Iraqi Red Crescent and ICRC volunteers and staff must be able to deliver assistance safely. Let there be no doubt that the crisis in Iraq has developed into a humanitarian one - and that addressing it is what the term humanitarian means.
20/07/2014 20:22 BST