A Story of Love: The Story of the ICRC

A Story of Love: The Story of the ICRC

Amidst some of the harshest conflicts on earth, we assist with the basics of life: food, water and shelter.  Often first on the ground and the last to leave,  neutral, impartial and independent, we are the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

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Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

ICRC in Washington is happy to announce Marc Kilstein, an experienced journalist and radio producer, is joining the team. In his role, he'll be taking over from head of Communications Anna Nelson to serve as the official Spokesperson, working closely with U.S. media markets. With his strong newsroom background--Marc has worked for NPR, the BBC World ServiceThe Nation Magazine and most recently as a founding producer for NPR's newest national news program, 1A--Marc has spent his career fine tuning his craft for journalism and is excited to bring his experience and talent to the ICRC. 

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Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

The ICRC's armed and security forces delegates (known as "FAS delegates" from the French acronym "forces armées et de sécurité") are at the heart of our humanitarian action. They maintain dialogue between the ICRC and all arms bearers, in order to ensure that we can help the victims of conflict under acceptable security conditions. Compliance with the law of war and the essential elements of international human rights law is another central aspect of their work. This applies to contacts with regular armed forces, the police, irregular forces and non-State groups.

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Homs, Syria: A Day in the Life

Homs, Syria: A Day in the Life

Today marks the beginning of 5 years of hostilities in Syria, a once modern and vibrant country that has been ripped apart by conflict. In February, photographer Jerome Sessini travelled to Syria to document the devastating toll of five years of fighting. His photos, featured in this post, were captured during his time in Homs, giving us a glimpse into the everyday life of a ghost-like town.

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Public Launch of ICRC Photo & Video Archive Database

Public Launch of ICRC Photo & Video Archive Database

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently launched an online database to give the public direct access to 153 years of the organization's audiovisual history. Thousands of photos, videos and audio recordings belonging to the ICRC and documenting the organization's past and present are now open to the public. 

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Yemen: Conditions Worsen in Taiz with Indiscriminate Shelling and Blocked Aid

Yemen: Conditions Worsen in Taiz with Indiscriminate Shelling and Blocked Aid

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact of increasingly intense fighting in the city of Taiz, where there has been indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas and essential supplies are being blocked from entering the city.

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ICRC and the Language Factor: Who Does the Talking?

ICRC and the Language Factor: Who Does the Talking?

Currently ICRC has need for interpreters in 20 different languages from around the world.  As part of the recruitment process, one of ICRC's delegates will be coming to Washington, DC on September 3rd to recruit at the East Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteer careers fair. Within the NGO sector, the Peace Corps is renowned for its pre-mission training in the language and culture of the countries where its volunteers are posted. Its volunteers are also known for their resilience, flexibility and can-do attitude; all essential qualities for the ICRC.

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Anniversary of the Adoption of the Red Crescent Emblem

Anniversary of the Adoption of the Red Crescent Emblem

Today marks the 86th anniversary of the adoption of the Red Crescent as an official symbol of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on July 27, 1929.  Both emblems have served as a symbol of humanitarian assistance for more than a century, and were later joined by a third emblem, a red crystal, in 2005.  Here's a brief history of the emblems. 

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2013 Annual Report: Strong response to complex crises

2013 Annual Report: Strong response to complex crises

Geneva (ICRC) – The devastating effects of acute crises that emerged at the end of 2013 in South Sudan and the Central African Republic are still being felt. The conflict in Syria has assumed the proportions of a catastrophe, with serious implications for the entire region. In Afghanistan, Israel and the occupied territories, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and other countries, large numbers of civilians continue to suffer the effects of protracted armed conflicts. 

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New video: The ICRC in a Changing World

New video: The ICRC in a Changing World

For the past 12 years, Pierre Krähenbühl has led the ICRC's humanitarian response to a range of crises and events across the globe – from the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the present-day bloodshed in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.

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$1.33 billion required to meet growing needs in 2014

$1.33 billion required to meet growing needs in 2014

ICRC - Geneva: While millions of people in Syria, Mali, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggle to cope with the devastating consequences of armed conflict, millions more are quietly experiencing a similar fate in lesser-known places such as the Central African Republic. All need help.

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