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Women meeting to discuss their needs following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. Giving cash transfers to women empowers them to have more control over how they rebuild their lives

Over the last week the ever more shrill criticism of international aid found a new target - the practice of giving money directly to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people, otherwise known as cash transfers. The allegation made was that this amounted to setting up UK-funded cashpoints for the poor. Aid money should never be misspent or wasted, but the criticisms of direct cash transfers - giving money directly to people in need - misunderstand the issue. Here's why.

Azita, 27, is currently staying at Schisto camp with her two young sons and husband.

Earlier this week we shared with you an inside look at life in refugee camps in Athens. Today, one of the women living in Schisto camp in the Greek capital tells us in her own words how she ended up there. Azita (real name and identity protected) travelled from Afghanistan with her two young sons and husband and arrived in Schisto in March. Azita’s words are her own, but her story has been translated into English. 

Children living in Skaramagas camp, Athens.

Since the closure of Greece’s borders following the highly criticised EU-Turkey deal in March this year, around 48,000 refugees remain stranded on the mainland. In the capital of Athens, barbed wire, high fences and armed guards surround Skaramagas and Schisto camps. Inside, where conditions are poor and food is limited, thousands of people wait for their asylum claims to be processed. These pictures give a snapshot of what life is like inside an Athens refugee camp.

Women supported by ActionAid following the Nepal earthquakes - many of whom are helping lead the rebuild in their community.

Today marks one year since the people of Nepal suffered the catastrophic death and destruction caused by the first of two massive earthquakes.

Mayia, one of 120,000 people who ActionAid has helped in Nepal since the earthquakes last April.

Monday 25th April marks 12 months since the first of two earthquakes hit Nepal, claiming over 8,000 lives, destroying over 600,000 homes and causing pain and loss that cannot possibly be measured in numbers. The spirit and determination of Nepalese people to recover and rebuild has been remarkable though.Thanks to your support ActionAid has been able to help hundreds of families to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. We spoke to some of the women we've been helping to learn how they are getting on, one year on.

Refugee children play in the family compound in Moria camp in Lesvos.

Refugee children: a mental illness time bomb?

Posted in Blogs 2 years 12 months ago

"Childhood maltreatment is the main cause of mental illness; it is not in our genes," says acclaimed author and psychologist Oliver James. In this guest blog ahead of his new book of the same name, ‘Not in Your Genes’, Oliver explores the emotional and psychological impacts of Europe's refugee crisis on children, and warns of the huge public health crisis that is looming as a result.