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As the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Sir Mark Lowcock, recently said (and not for the first time), in general, “the humanitarian financing system is still designed to wait for disasters to strike before mobilizing resources”.

20-year-old Fatuma Mohamed and husband Abdulahi Osman (25) with their two boys - Yusuf, who is only three-and-a-half weeks old, and Mohamed (2½). Photographer: Peter Caton

In the space of just two weeks, storms ‘Norma’ and ‘Miriam’ have brought torrential rain, freezing winds and snow to Lebanon, leaving Syrian refugee settlements under flood water. Concern has been providing vital support to vulnerable families.

Temporary shelters for Syrian refugees in Lebanon have sustained extensive damage following two storms. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

At Concern UK, we can count on one hand the amount of times that we've made it to February with our New Year Resolutions still intact. And we bet you’re the same. Which is why we wanted to provide you with New Year Resolutions like you've never seen them before...

Sunrise at Lake Malawi, Chintheche Inn, Nkhotakota, Malawi.

We’re not saying you have to give up ‘The Grinch’ or hang ‘Home Alone’ out to dry but now that you’ve got time to put your feet up, here’s a list of humanitarian documentaries, podcasts and books that are worth getting stuck into this festive season.

Photo credit: Indie Wire http://www.indiewire.com/2017/08/human-flow-trailer-ai-weiwei-documentary-refugee-crisis-1201867658/

This traditional Ethiopian recipe is filled with African spices and is guaranteed to brighten any Christmas dinner. For tables bigger than two, simply double the recipe and serve 'family style' for everyone to dig in!

UK aid has been a hot topic this year and it looks set to stay on the agenda as we enter 2019. As many debate the benefits of assisting developing countries overseas, here we provide some clarity about what aid is and why it is important.