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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Q&A: ICRC's South Sudan Director on How to Deliver Aid Amid the Protracted Violent Conflict

Q&A: ICRC's South Sudan Director on How to Deliver Aid Amid the Protracted Violent Conflict

ICRC's François Stamm, who previously managed the United States and Canadian delegations , now oversees ICRC operations in South Sudan. His team includes 200 international mobile staff and around 800 South Sudanese staff, many of whom grew up in refugee camps in Uganda or Kenya. He recently sat down with Devex reporter Teresa Welsh during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to discuss the challenges ICRC faces working amidst the multitude of armed factions that have sprung up as the war has dragged on. Read the full Q&A here. 

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PRI's The World Interviews ICRC's Outgoing Head of Delegation in Yemen Alexandre Faite

PRI's The World Interviews ICRC's Outgoing Head of Delegation in Yemen Alexandre Faite

Alexandre Faite, a Belgian who's been in charge of the International Committee of the Red Cross operations in Yemen for the past two years of its intractable conflict, that has included not only war injuries but massive hunger and a cholera epidemic that infected a million people, tells The World's Marco Werman, that despite all of this, he's sad to be leaving Yemen. Listen to the full interview below. 

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ICRC Featured in Buzzfeed: Norwegian Moms Are Knitting Scarves For Sick Afghan Babies And It Is So Pure

ICRC Featured in Buzzfeed: Norwegian Moms Are Knitting Scarves For Sick Afghan Babies And It Is So Pure

Buzzfeed recently featured ICRC's Thomas Glass in an article about infants in the Mirwais Hospital in Afghanistan. Glass had taken a photograph of a small baby in a incubator in the hospital back in November 2016 when he noticed her unusual pink sweater. He asked a nurse about it.  She told him that one of her friends in Norway had knitted it, and that whenever she came back to Kandahar she would bring small knitwear for the newborns. And thus an idea was born.  To see the adorable results, check out the full article on Buzzfeed. 

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On Seven Year Anniversary of Syrian War, ICRC President Peter Maurer Visits: Starkest Scenes of Utter Destruction

On Seven Year Anniversary of Syrian War, ICRC President Peter Maurer Visits: Starkest Scenes of Utter Destruction

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, was inside Eastern Ghouta today (March 15) to see the conditions people are facing:“Over the last couple of hours, I could talk to many people here in order to have an impression what the difficulties are for the people living here encircled and in need of almost everything - medicine first and foremost but everything which is necessary for the day to day life.”

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Updates from Afghanistan Wheelchair Basketball Teams

Updates from Afghanistan Wheelchair Basketball Teams

Injured following a spinal cord accident at age 19, Jess Markt has been working with the ICRC since 2011, helping 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. Just this past June, he became the ICRC's first ever Sport and Inclusion Advisor.  He just returned from Bangkok, Thailand where he was coaching the Afghan men’s and women’s national teams competing in the Regional Qualifying Tournament for the Asian Para Games. Read more about the tournament and results, as well as the incredible work Jess is doing, here.

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Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. (We over here at Intercross personally feel we should do this every single day, but there you are.) So just for our listeners, we've rounded up all of our podcast interviews that feature the incredible work and challenges facing women humanitarians, lawyers and otherwise brillant minds. From Juba, South Sudan to Boston, Massachusetts, cheers to the fabulous women we've had the priviledge of speaking to over the past year+!

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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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Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC’s Jess Markt, an American who coaches wheelchair basketball in war zones. At age 19, he suffered a spinal cord injury in college. Twenty one years later, he is bringing his experience and story to help others as ICRC’s first-ever Disability, Sport and Inclusion Advisor. In this conversation, we discuss his personal triumph over adversity  and how he brings that experience to the disabled in some of the world’s most dangerous contexts. From Afghanistan to South Sudan and Cambodia, Jess is using sport to help the disabled see themselves in a different light, and witnessing some radical societal transformations along the way. We talk about diversity, what that term really means, and how he’s using his role at ICRC to change the way that people, and humanitarian organizations, think about what it means to fully integrate diversity into their work. Hosted by Anna Nelson and Sara Owens.

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Ten Photos that Moved Us in 2017

Ten Photos that Moved Us in 2017

In more than 80 countries, ICRC works in some of the most remote and war-torn countries in the world, working to help the most vulnerable populations affected by conflict. Our colleagues over in Geneva put together a beautiful and heartbreaking photo gallery from some of the contexts in which we work. From Afghanistan and Niger to Honduras and Myanmar, check out ICRC.org for the ten photos that moved us in 2017. 

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #40: Armed Forces & Armed Groups/How the Red Cross Works Around the World

Intercross the Podcast Episode #40: Armed Forces & Armed Groups/How the Red Cross Works Around the World

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by Martin Lacourt, ICRC in Washington’s Senior Armed Forces Delegate, and Koby Langley, Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces and International Humanitarian Law for the American Red Cross. They discuss the work the Red Cross—both ICRC and National societies—does with military both domestically and globally. The American Red Cross has served more than 1 million military families since 9/11 including members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. ICRC works to bridge the cultural divide between arms bearers and humanitarians through trainings and IHL dissemination. What are the different ways ICRC and national societies approach this work? What are the challenges of engaging with these audiences? How does neutrality play a role? And has the evolving technology of warfare changed the way the Red Cross works and the needs we serve? Hosted by Niki Clark.

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