#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Battle for Mosul

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Battle for Mosul

Earlier this week, Iraqi forces began a military operation in the Old City of Mosul. With each passing day, the fighting grows more intense. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of civilians are trapped inside the Old City, a densely- populated maze of narrow alleyways and houses. With constant shelling, civilians have been caught in the crossfire. Staying could mean dying, but trying to escape could mean dying too. Last week, the ICRC released a special report on the impact of war in cities, including Mosul. The report looks at what civilians in these places go through, and found that at least 70% of civilian deaths in the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq occur in urban areas. In addition, the wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria accounted for nearly half of all civilian war deaths globally between 2010 and 2015.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the battle for Mosul, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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Mélange du Mercredi/I Saw My City Die

Mélange du Mercredi/I Saw My City Die

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, we are featuring the ICRC's latest report, I Saw My City Die: Voices from the Front Lines of Urban Conflict in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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June 26 Livestream Event: War in Cities - An African Perspective

June 26 Livestream Event: War in Cities - An African Perspective

As part of its Conference Cycle on War in cities, the ICRC in Kigali is convening a regional panel of experts focusing on East Africa. This public conference will take stock of past urban armed conflicts, reflect on their drivers and humanitarian implications and explore operational and policy responses adapted to the needs of people affected by such conflicts.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #22 Classifying Conflict with Chris Harland

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #22 Classifying Conflict with Chris Harland

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, ICRC in Washington's Legal Advisor discusses the classifications of conflict. How are conflicts classified? What is the impact of classification? Are they binding according to the Geneva Conventions? What's ICRC's role in classification? A great primer conversation. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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June 19th Event & Recording: Where it Matters

June 19th Event & Recording: Where it Matters

Are humanitarian organizations sufficiently equipped to deliver their services in armed conflicts? What additional measures should be taken to encourage organisations to respond to humanitarian needs in areas hard to reach? On June 19, the ICRC, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and HERE-Geneva are convening a panel of experts at the Humanitarium in Geneva from 5:30-7:30 that will assess how humanitarian organisations and donors should step up their work to deliver humanitarian responses to those most in need during situations of armed conflict.  Recording available for those outside of Geneva. 

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Health System in Yemen at Breaking Point as Cholera Spreads at Unprecedented Rate

Health System in Yemen at Breaking Point as Cholera Spreads at Unprecedented Rate

With one in every 200 Yeminis now being suspected of having been infected with cholera, the health system in the country is at a breaking point. More than 5,000 suspected new cases have been reported daily during the past week and the spread of the disease, which started just over a month ago, is rapidly accelerating. See the ICRC’s full news release.

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What You Need to Know About Urban War

What You Need to Know About Urban War

“I Saw My City Die,” a new report released today captures the experience of civilians living in cities impacted by devastating urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report includes testimony from civilians in Mosul, Taiz and Aleppo – three cities that have been subject to intense fighting – as well as some powerful statistics that illustrate the deadly nature of urban war in the Middle East. Through some analysis of statistics, the report clearly shows that modern urban wars can be far more deadly for civilians than when wars take place in more rural areas.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #20 and #21 This is Not the Jedi Way: IHL & Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #20 and #21 This is Not the Jedi Way: IHL & Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi

With this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the second iteration in our new cultural series where we explore the intersection of conflict and culture. In this episode, we sit down with Hirad Abtahi. Since 2004, he has headed the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court and has some twenty years of experience in international criminal justice. In addition, Hirad is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He recently published an article in the Huffington Post called This is not the Jedi Way: Exploring International Humanitarian Law through Star Wars. In this two part conversation, Hirad speaks about the rules of war, and how they could possibly apply in a galaxy far, far away and how culture impacts our perceptions of war. 

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New Report - When War Moves to Cities: Protection of Civilians in Urban Areas

New Report - When War Moves to Cities: Protection of Civilians in Urban Areas

Today, the ICRC and InterAction released the outcome report of a roundtable discussion titled "When War Moves to Cities: Protection of Civilians in Urban Areas." The report draws attention to humanitarian challenges specific to urban warfare, notably the protection of civilians, civilian infrastructure, and essential services vulnerable to disruption, such as electricity, water and sanitation.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #19 The Changing Context of Operations in Libya with Katja Lorenz

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #19 The Changing Context of Operations in Libya with Katja Lorenz

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast,we talk with the outgoing Head of Delegation for the ICRC in Libya, Katja Lorenz. Katja discusses the continually changing context for operating in Libya, the humanitarian needs on the ground and how the daily lives of Libyans have been impacted since fighting began. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Mélange du Mercredi/War in Cities: The Spectre of Total War

Mélange du Mercredi/War in Cities: The Spectre of Total War

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, Vincent Bernard, Editor in Chief of the International Review of the Red Cross, writes an editorial looking at War in Cities: The Spectre of Total War. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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The Additional Protocols at 40: Upholding Humanity in Today's Conflicts (Webinar)

The Additional Protocols at 40: Upholding Humanity in Today's Conflicts (Webinar)

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the Additional Protocols I and II (APs) on June 8, 2017, the ICRC will convene a conference at the Humanitarium as part of its conference cycle on Generating respect for the law. Historians, lawyers, military officers and diplomats will reflect on the link between humanitarianism and peace, the impact of the APs on the practice of parties to armed conflicts and their practical relevance for today's conflicts. For those outside of Geneva, the conference will be video recorded and posted hereFor more information, go here

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #18 Diversity, Hope and Challenge on the African Continent with Patricia Danzi

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #18 Diversity, Hope and Challenge on the African Continent with Patricia Danzi

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC's Regional Director for Africa Patricia Danzi. She talks about the challenges of working in a context that many perceive more as a country than a continent, the critical issues not being covered, how to make space for Africa in a crowded humanitarian landscape and the stories of hope and innovation that keep her inspired. Hosted by Niki Clark and Tracey Begley.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, , Sara Owens and Guest Host Trevor Keck sit down with ICRC in Washington's Policy Advisor Marcia Wong and Hugo Slim, Head of Policy. They discuss how humanitarian diplomacy helps catalyze ICRC's policy work, how the organization is using evidence, experience and expertise in moving the needle on policy, and the recent urban warfare report that details what happens when cities fall apart because of conflict. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

Earlier this week, authorities in Yemen declared a state of emergency due to a sharp rise in cholera deaths. Director of Global Operations Dominik Stillhart spoke with NPR's Morning Edition about the crisis and called for the unconditional and immediate access to people detained in relation with the conflict. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Yemen, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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Intercross the Podcast / Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

Intercross the Podcast / Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens is joined by two delegates who have paved the way for the ICRC to adopt sport and inclusion as a priority for the physically disabled communities in conflict-affected countries. Alberto Cairo, one of the ICRC’s most revered delegates, has been in Kabul, Afghanistan with the ICRC’s orthopedic and physical rehabilitation program for 27 years. He was recently joined in Kabul by Jess Markt, an avid wheelchair basketball player and coach, where together, they built the ICRC’s first and largest wheelchair basketball program. Jess and Alberto have not only established an incredibly successful program, but have also cultivated a dynamic friendship. In this episode, learn more about the background and personality behind these inspiring individuals. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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Intercross the Podcast/Episode #15 They Have Names: Photographing Refugee Children in Berlin

Intercross the Podcast/Episode #15 They Have Names: Photographing Refugee Children in Berlin

With this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the second iteration in our new cultural series where we  explore the intersection of conflict and culture.  In this episode we sit down with Photographer Daniel Sonnentag, Penny Eifrig and her 17 year old daughter Saede. They are the minds behind They Have Names, a social media and photography campaign that began after the Eifregs met Sonnentag in a refugee camp in Berlin where they all volunteer. In the debate around migration and flight, people usually talk about the abstract term "refugees." In this conversation, we talk about the individual stories of some of the people our guests have met in Berlin, how volunteering and working with refugees has changed previously held perceptions and prejudices and why photography can help us see 'others' as 'us.'  Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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