ICRC President Peter Maurer calls Bangladesh-Myanmar Crises "Lose-Lose Situation for People"

ICRC President Peter Maurer calls Bangladesh-Myanmar Crises "Lose-Lose Situation for People"

ICRC President Peter Maurer recently returned from a trip to Bangladesh and Myanmar, where he saw firsthand the impact from the crisis that started in August 2017. He visited both sides of the border, the northern parts of Rakhine State well as the camps of Cox's Bazar, which according to OCHA are holding nearly a million refugees, making the concentration of refugees there amongst the densest in the world. To read his full statement, go here.

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ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to Devex in Two Part Interview

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to Devex in Two Part Interview

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord recently spoke to Devex in a two part interview. He discusses how the the international humanitarian system can look at respond to the new face of crisis — in which people displaced by conflict are likely to remain away from home for years as well as humanitarian access to vulnerable people, the situation in Syria and the future of humanitarian relief. Read part one of the interview, Red Cross chief: 'Our job is always to push the limits of the possible', here and part two, Red Cross chief: Humanitarian groups must 'rethink totally our people management', here

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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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Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

 Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

In recent weeks, the situation for the tens of thousands of people living in Eastern Ghouta has reached a breaking point. Following a spike in hostilities in November, families have been living under near-constant shelling. Many have resorted to hiding in shelters underground in a desperate attempt to stay alive - with little food to sustain them. Today's joint 46-truck convoy with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations will hopefully provide some relief. Aid includes food parcels, flour, and medical supplies for 27,500 people. Read more about the situation in Eastern Ghouta on ICRC's website

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News Release: ICRC President Visits Yemen; 600,000 Cholera Cases Expected by End of 2017

News Release: ICRC President Visits Yemen; 600,000 Cholera Cases Expected by End of 2017

ICRC President Peter Maurer arrived in Yemen this morning 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. Read the full release here

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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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#Help1Family on American Red Cross Giving Day

#Help1Family on American Red Cross Giving Day

Today, the American Red Cross celebrates Giving Day. Giving Day shines a light on the families we help and the work of the Red Crossers who are there to support them in their time of need. Nearly every eight minutes, a family in the U.S. loses who everything to a home fire or other disaster. For those families, the American Red Cross is there, responding to nearly 80,000 disaster big and small every year. On Giving Day, a simple tweet enables you to help one of those families. 

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Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation Gives 25K to ICRC in Support of Famine Relief and Prevention

Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation Gives 25K to ICRC in Support of Famine Relief and Prevention

This week, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation pledged $75,000 ($25,000 each) to three organizations working on multiple fronts to address the current famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen: Mercy Corps, Oxfam and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

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ICRC Condemns "Gruesome and Heartbreaking" Attack on Civilian Ship in Yemen, Calls for Immediate Investigation

ICRC Condemns "Gruesome and Heartbreaking" Attack on Civilian Ship in Yemen, Calls for Immediate Investigation

The ICRC is shocked by last night's attack on a civilian ship carrying around 150 passengers, including women and children, near the port of Hodeida in Yemen. "We strongly condemn this attack and deplore such a tragic loss of life," said the ICRC's director of operations, Dominik Stillhart. "These people were themselves fleeing conflict, in search of safety and a better life. We call on the warring parties to conduct an immediate investigation into what happened." 

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News Release: Six ICRC Staff Members Killed, Two Unaccounted for in Attack in Afghanistan

News Release: Six ICRC Staff Members Killed, Two Unaccounted for in Attack in Afghanistan

Six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan have been shot and killed. Two staff members remain unaccounted for. Unknown armed men attacked the convoy as it was on its way to deliver much-needed livestock materials in the Jawzan province. 

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Attack on Humanitarian Convoy in Syria is an Attack on Humanity

Attack on Humanitarian Convoy in Syria is an Attack on Humanity

Press Release: A horrific attack yesterday in rural Aleppo killed around twenty civilians and one Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) staff member as they were unloading trucks carrying vital humanitarian aid. The attack hit a SARC warehouse and an aid convoy, leaving much of the aid was destroyed and depriving attack thousands of civilians of much-needed food and medical assistance.

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ICRC President Says World Leaders Must Address the Vulnerability to Violence Behind Refugee Movement

ICRC President Says World Leaders Must Address the Vulnerability to Violence Behind Refugee Movement

During the September 19 United Nations General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants, ICRC President Peter Maurer called on world leaders to take stronger action to address the root causes of large movements of people while, at the same time, showing humanity and respect for the millions who are on the move. Mr. Maurer said that it is too often violence that leads to the massive displacement of people.

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