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ActionAid's all-female refugee football team, after their first match.

The incredible Olympic refugee team are making headlines across the world, but there's an equally inspiring refugee sports team that you might not have heard of: ActionAid's all-female refugee football team in Lebanon.17-year-old centre forward Hanin, blogs for us on why they formed the team, what it means to her and what the women have overcome to become ActionAid’s ‘Premier League’.

Lina supports refugee mums in our mother and baby centres.

On the front line of the refugee crisis

Posted in Blogs 3 years 4 months ago

When ActionAid’s emergency response team called, seeking Arabic-speaking women to help refugees in Lesvos, I knew I had to go. I am Palestinian and we know what it means to have to abandon your home.  My best friend is a refugee and I felt a connection, so I was instantly motivated to help. I had prepared myself for what I might see, but no one could prepare me for the scale and intensity of the tragedy.

Shefqe, 24, from Afghanistan, holding her seven-month-old baby girl, in Moria camp, Lesvos, Greece

I spoke with Sonya Ruparel, ActionAid's International Humanitarian Manager, who told us about the women and children refugees she met on Lesvos, the struggles they're facing in the camps and how ActionAid is helping.

Hend fled Syria with her two young children; they were traumatised by the journey to Greece

As ActionAid responds to the refugee crisis, Sonya from our humanitarian team reports from the Greek island of Lesvos, where thousands of refugees are arriving every day by boat. Many of them are women, children and babies.

A refugee child walks amongst lifejackets on the beach in Lesvos

How we're helping refugees in Greece

Posted in Blogs 3 years 7 months ago

Thousands of lifejackets piled up on the beach. Traumatised children walking for miles to register with the authorities. Tiny rucksacks, holding all of a woman's worldly possessions. These are the images that will stay with me after returning from the Greek island of Lesvos, where thousands of refugees are arriving in flimsy boats every day. 

Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

Run for refugees

Posted in Blogs 3 years 7 months ago

Here at ActionAid we've been overwhelmed by how the refugee crisis has touched the whole world. The distances many people have travelled are vast, as they escape from conflicts in Syria and other war-torn countries to try and find safety. Join us to walk or run for refugees to help raise money for our Refugee Crisis Appeal.​