Cat Carter
Cat Carter, who is 29, has worked for Save the Children for the last five years. She is currently the Head of Humanitarian Information & Communications, based in London.

Her job takes her around the world, reporting on and responding to all sorts of humanitarian crises - from natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, to man-made catastrophes such as war and famine.

Entries by Cat Carter

A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in Donetsk

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Svetlana is a young mother, in her late twenties. In her hometown of Donetsk, she worked as an accountant. With the crisis currently engulfing her home, she is unable to work, and when the conflict intensified around her, she became afraid for her family's lives. She fled with her children...

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Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

(21) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of...

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The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:43 AM

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares...

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What Happens When You Mix Desperate Parents, a War Zone and Sexual Violence?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:12 AM

The fighting in Syria has killed thousands of children. Estimates vary, because no-one can verify the data. At least 11,000. Almost certainly more.

And still, the daily toll of the dead keeps rising. Every day more children become injured, disabled or traumatised. Hunger is on the rise.


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Gaza: The Place Where Nothing Was As It Seemed

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 6:04 AM

Earlier this year, when I was in Gaza, people everywhere asked me the same thing: "Ah, how do you find it here? What do you think of this place?"

It's a challenging question. How do I find Gaza? Unexpectedly beautiful. Impossibly sad.

Beauty without freedom

People in Gaza were charming,...

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Sexual Violence in Conflict: Roha's Story

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:44 PM

War destroys societies. As fighting rages, communities are torn apart and values come under threat, leaving children especially vulnerable to abuse. In many conflicts, the rape of children is used by armed forces to terrorise communities - children are actively targeted. For some, the injuries they suffer are fatal. For...

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Syria: Where Is Our Outrage and Why Does It Matter That It's Missing?

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:09 AM

Aid workers work in some tough places. Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Syria...the list goes on. It can be a difficult life - faced with daily tragedy on a massive scale, far from family and friends for months on end, unchanging stodgy and irregular food, limited clean water. Hot...

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Syria: We Must Turn UN Security Council Words Into Action

(14) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 7:00 PM

A year ago, almost to the day, I visited a refugee settlement on the Syria border, and it changed everything for me.

I went there because my job is to meet families affected by emergencies - by wars, famines, floods, and to help them tell their story.

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Education in Conflict-Torn Syria: We Are All Malala

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:27 AM

Today is Malala Day. Her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago she became a victim of an attack on education, when she was shot and almost fatally wounded by armed men on her way back from school. Her bravery has shone a light on the scale of the educational...

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Syria: I Drove My Car, I Painted My Nails... Just Like You

(8) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Lebanon is beautiful, dangerous, surprising.

Walking through the high streets in Beirut feels reminiscent of Knightsbridge: expensive shops full of expensive women wearing expensive clothes. Restaurants and bars spill out into the night, filling the warm night air with laughter, music and cigarette smoke.


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Syria: We Were Many People, Where Are They Now?

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 6:01 AM

The crossing point is metres away from where I'm standing and I can see into Syria. Vicious clouds of sand and grit surround us, and the sun is beating down - the average temperature here is 40 degrees. Trucks stream past us, crammed with sacks of food and desperate refugees....

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Syrian Children Tell of Torture

(4) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Khalid looks younger than his 15 years. I'm sat opposite him in a tent in Za'atari camp. The sun is beating down on the tent and there are beads of sweat on all our faces. He's too far into his story to notice.

"I was arrested - here, you...

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Syria: One Woman's Story

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 7:00 PM

I'm crouched next to Reem, a beautiful young Syrian woman living in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. A head scarf covers her hair and her family hover nearby. She is telling me about her life in Dera'a, Syria, and why they left. She is also crying.

"I remember...

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Fleeing Gunfire in Mogadishu - Fatuma's Story

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Thousands of Somalis have been forced to flee an ongoing military offensive in Afgooye Corridor, Southern Somalia. More than 5,000 people have arrived, many on foot and carrying nothing, into overcrowded Mogadishu.

I'm standing in Sigale camp, Mogadishu, and the trickle of people struggling in becomes a torrent. Mothers carrying...

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