The British Red Cross is touring a photography exhibition across the UK in 2014, entitled Seeking Sanctuary.
As part of our campaign to mark the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, we commissioned the Sunday Times photo journalist, Paul Conroy, to capture the lives of Syrian refugees here in the UK.
Featuring individuals and families that the Red Cross has helped in various locations, the free exhibition tells the story of how the refugees came to the UK, the issues they faced and how the charity has supported them along the way.
British Red Cross – refusing to ignore people in crisis
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies
We have a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.
Each year the organisation helps around 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the UK. We have 48 centres across the UK offering assistance and support through a variety of services.
These include providing each refugee and asylum seeker with support from an individual case-worker as well as access to basic facilities such as laundry services, free lunches, second-hand clothing and emotional support. We also give destitution grants to the most vulnerable which include food parcels, cash grants and toiletries as well as first aid training and vocational training in partnership with other charities.
Paul Conroy – biography:
Paul Conroy is an acclaimed freelance and Sunday Times photographer who reports on war zones across the world from the front line. His striking images have told the story of the people caught up in violence and the harrowing human cost of conflict.