I am hearing about families living in hotel rooms or rental properties as they wait for home repairs, rebuilds or the resolution of insurance claims. I am learning about people getting help for family violence, addiction, and marital breakdown. Job losses are increasing the turmoil. And now, some people are asking for help for the first time, having watched their savings dwindle to nothing.
Conrad Sauvé is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Red Cross.
Conrad Sauvé is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Red Cross. In Canada, the Red Cross continues to be the leading emergency response organization, assisting people across the country and internationally made vulnerable by disasters and conflict. As CEO, Mr.Sauvé oversaw the development of the first-ever Red Cross field hospital in North America. Over the past six years the hospital has responded to multiple emergencies and crises including deployments to Haiti, Philippines, Nepal and Jordan.
When I arrived the first time I was taken aback by the devastation. Rows of charred trees, businesses and entire blocks of homes destroyed. The smell of smoke still lingered in the air. This time, I see full parking lots, line-ups at grocery stores, people going about their lives like they did before the fires.
08/05/2016 04:57 EDT
Many moments will stand out when I remember my trip through war-torn Syria, neighbouring Lebanon, and Turkey. But the gift of a little box crammed with children's dreams is a memory that will certainly stay with me. That's because the red and white box filled with poignant pencil sketches says so much about this five-year-old conflict.
03/24/2016 05:11 EDT
Collapsed buildings are everywhere. Families huddle in the ruins, while aid groups struggle to keep up with people's basic needs for food, water, medical care and shelter. I can see humanitarian aid is helping, but it is never a long-term solution. So much more is needed.
03/17/2016 02:39 EDT
Home is a tent divided in two for Um Yasmine and her five children. The Syrian widow fled to a dusty field in Lebanon three years ago, as war piled up bodies around her beloved city of Homs. Now, a bedsheet hangs down the middle of her crowded tent shared with another refugee family. Um Yasmine is so tired of this makeshift life. She just wants to go home.
03/09/2016 02:02 EST
A desperate Syrian mother in a refugee camp tried to give me her sick little girl on my last visit to the region's conflict zones and neighbouring countries filled with fleeing people. She wanted me to take her child back to Canada for medical care. That day, I saw misery and despair that no one should bear.
03/01/2016 01:55 EST
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