ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

The world is in a new arms race.

In the last two decades, there has been a dramatic rise of lethal autonomous weapons due to new developments in technology, computing, and military operational demands. Because autonomous weapons systems are already in use today, the ultimate question about their capabilities is not a technical one, rather legal and ethical one.

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When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) unveiled “Enter the Room” – an augmented reality experience for iOS app users.  The app was designed by the digital innovation agency Nedd using Apple ARKit technology and is free to download from the App Store.

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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. 

Check out the latest video from the ICRC. And find out more about our work here

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No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

The ICRC has launched a new interactive website – missingmigrants.icrc.org – featuring the stories and photos behind the humanitarian tragedies of those who go missing along migration routes. Their journeys are long and dangerous; across the Mediterranean, the Maghreb, the Central American corridor. People fleeing violence and scarcity, migrating to stay alive just one more day. These stories are just one part of this global issue: they are the stories of those who left to find a better life, but never arrived. Check out the site here.

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ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to CBC on Global Migration Crisis

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to CBC on Global Migration Crisis

On Monday, ICRC-Director General Yves Daccord spoke to CBC's Rosemary Barton on the Power and Politics television broadcast on the global migration crisis. During his conversation, he spoke about the impact of the crisis on humanitarian assistance and needs, the drivers behind the mass movement of people worldwide and how Canada can help. You can watch the full clip below. 

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International Day of the Disappeared: Stories from Brazil

International Day of the Disappeared: Stories from Brazil

How does one learn to cope with the pain and the misery? When does it become acceptable to let their memory fade away? August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared. These are the stories of Brazilian families who desperately wait for the return of their missing members. In the following videos, the families talk about their sorrows and also the hope that keeps them looking for their loved ones.

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ICRC President Peter Maurer Speaks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Yemen Crisis

ICRC President Peter Maurer Speaks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Yemen Crisis

ICRC President Peter Maurer spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour live from Yemen on the devastation he's seeing firsthand. He arrived in country on Sunday in the midst of what is being called world's worst largest cholera outbreak. ICRC experts expect that more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera before the end of 2017. Watch the full interview here. 

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In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

After nearly five years heading the Regional Delegation for the U.S. & Canada here in Washington, D.C., Francois Stamm's tenure is coming to an end.  Beginning in late August, he will move on to head the delegation for South Sudan, based in Juba. Before his departure at the end of next week, we sat down with Francois to gain his perspective and insights on both his time in Washington and his nearly three decade career with the ICRC.

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In Conversation with Alberto Cairo, Head of ICRC's Rehabilitation Program in Afghanistan

In Conversation with Alberto Cairo, Head of ICRC's Rehabilitation Program in Afghanistan

In this edition of our “In Conversation” video series, Intercross Editor Niki Clark speaks with Alberto Cairo, head of the ICRC's Rehabilitation Program in Afghanistan. Twenty-seven years ago, Alberto arrived in Afghanistan for his first ICRC mission. He never left. Instead, he has dedicated his life to helping the disabled dealing with the consequences of nearly 40 years of conflict. He and his team have taught nearly 150,000 people to walk again and through positive discrimination schemes--90 percent of those employed at the orthopaedic center are disabled themselves--has helped return a sense of dignity and pride to those he serves. In this interview, Alberto speaks about what gives him hope, how a "crazy American" changed his perception of play and the lifetime of lessons he has learned from the disabled. 

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Watch the Power of Humanity and Innovative Thinking with ICRC's Alberto Cairo and Jess Markt

Watch the Power of Humanity and Innovative Thinking with ICRC's Alberto Cairo and Jess Markt

On May 8, 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and swissnex Boston launched the ICRC Collaborative Platform – a new, Boston-based hub where innovation meets humanitarianism with the aim of solving some of today’s most pressing challenges linked to war and armed violence. 

During the launch event, NPR's Tom Ashbrook sat down with ICRC's Alberto Cairo and Jess Markt to discuss the role sport plays in helping the victims of landmines, disease and other tragedies recover physically and emotionally. Read more about the event here. Watch the panel. 

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In Conversation with Jess Markt, ICRC's Sport and Inclusion Advisor

In Conversation with Jess Markt, ICRC's Sport and Inclusion Advisor

In this edition of our “In Conversation” video series, Intercross and Online Communications Editor Niki Clark speaks with Jess Markt, ICRC's Sport and Inclusion Advisor. Injured following a spinal cord accident at age 19, Markt teamed up with the ICRC in 2011 to bring one of America's best loved-sports, basketball, to wheelchair-bound men and women in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, South Sudan and elsewhere. In the process, these players, whose once primary identity was 'disabled', now see themselves as 'athletes' first. In this interview, Markt talks about his new position, the role sport plays in helping the disabled recover both physically and emotionally and how sport is bringing joy to countries like Afghanistan after decades of conflict. 

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In Conversation Series Part 2: ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord on The ICRC in a Changing World

In Conversation Series Part 2: ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord on The ICRC in a Changing World

In the second part of our In Conversation Series interview with ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord, Intercross and Online Communications Editor Niki Clark speaks with Yves about how the ICRC is adapting its response to reflect a changing world and a changing face of warfare, information as a humanitarian need and how younger generations may in fact provide the solutions we need to restore our sense of shared humanity. 

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Watch Now: Yves Daccord Speaks to PBS Newshour on People on War

Watch Now: Yves Daccord Speaks to PBS Newshour on People on War

Last week, the ICRC's People on War survey was released. The survey, which included more than 17,000 people in 16 countries, asked people about their attitudes on war and showed a difference in the way people look at war based on whether or not they live in a conflict zone. This weekend, PBS Newshour aired its interview with correspondent Alison Stewart discussing the findings with ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord. 

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In Conversation Series: ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord on People on War Survey

In Conversation Series: ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord on People on War Survey

In this edition of our “In Conversation With” video series, Intercross and Online Communications Editor Niki Clark speaks with our Mr. Daccord about the results of the survey, why an increasingly world is leading to more disconnect and how to foster a shared sense of humanity in challenging times. 

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ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned WIN/Gallup to carry out a global survey on public attitudes towards war and the rules of war, including 17,000 people from 16 countries. Survey participants were living in countries in conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as powerful countries fighting wars, like the United States and Russia. They were asked questions on a variety of issues such as the protection of civilians, attacks against hospitals, treatments of detainees and the role of the international community in ensuring respect for the rules of war. Check out the full results as well as more about the survey, launch events and media here.  

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Citizens Trapped in Mosul are the ICRC's Main Concern

Citizens Trapped in Mosul are the ICRC's Main Concern

 Throughout the Habitat III conference, the ICRC has been working to ensure that the New Urban Agenda (NUA) properly acknowledges the links between armed conflict, urban violence and urban development, and that commitments are made to ensure more resilient essential services and support for communities living amidst such violence. Thousands of miles away, tanks roll on Mosul as militaries operations attempt to liberate the city. The ICRC main concerns are for the civilians trapped in the city. 

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In Conversation With: A Video Interview with IFRC's Communications Delegate Rosemarie North

In Conversation With: A Video Interview with IFRC's Communications Delegate Rosemarie North

Each year, some 65 million people are forcibly displaced, fleeing violence and conflict from places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Increasing numbers of migrants and refugees are making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe; according to UNHCR more than 300,000 in 2016 alone. They come for a safer, more secure life, but the trip itself is anything but: traveling in unseaworthy vessels and deflating dingheys through dangerous waters without navigation or adequate supplies. In this edition of our In Conversation With Series, IFRC Delegate Rosemarie North speaks with Intercross about life at sea, some of the violence these people are desperately fleeing, and how the Red Cross is helping. 

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