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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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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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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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: 'Outrageous' Airstrikes in Sana’a August 25, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: 'Outrageous' Airstrikes in Sana’a August 25, 2017

Wednesday evening's airstrikes in Sana'a killed 14 people and injured another 16. The casualties included at least 5 children, the youngest of them only 3 years old. The ICRC condemned the attacks immediately, saying "Such loss of civilian life is outrageous and runs counter to the basic tenets of the law of armed conflict." See full press release here. As war moves more and more into urban contexts, civilians have increasingly suffered. Some 50 million people in urban areas now bear the brunt of conflict. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Sana’a following the most recent airstrikes, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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News Release: First time aid enters West Mosul, Iraq

News Release: First time aid enters West Mosul, Iraq

The International Committee of the Red Cross is carrying out a major distribution of food and other essential items to more than 64,000 people in West Mosul. This is not only the first such distribution of its kind since the western part of the city was recaptured by the authorities on July 10, but the first major delivery of aid to the area since Mosul was cut off from the world in 2014.

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ICRC in the News: The Situation in Raqqa

ICRC in the News: The Situation in Raqqa

ICRC's Ingy Sedky, spoke with Fox News and NPR's Morning Edition recently from her base in Damascus on the worsening conditions in Raqqa, Syria. While hundreds of thousands have managed to escape Raqqa city since April 2017 (205,000 people according to the UN), the fate of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city remains unknown. Ingy speaks to the  harrowing reports coming out of the city – of civilian casualties; houses, hospitals and schools being targeted; while the sick and the injured remain unattended to for lack of functioning health structures.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC President in Yemen July 28, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC President in Yemen July 28, 2017

This week, ICRC President Peter Maurer traveled to Yemen in midst of "needless suffering" that he called "absolutely infuriating." Yemen is experiencing what's being called world's worst cholera outbreak with experts predicting that by the end of 2017 more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at Maurer's trip to Yemen, including the besieged city of Taiz, and the situation on the ground, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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ICRC President on NPR's All Things Considered: Life In Yemen's Taiz

ICRC President on NPR's All Things Considered:  Life In Yemen's Taiz

ICRC President Peter Maurer spoke to NPR's All Things Considered live from Yemen. He visited the besieged city of Taiz and described to host Kelly McIvers what he saw on the ground. He arrived in Yemen earlier this week in the midst of what is being called world's worst largest cholera outbreak.

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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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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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The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

Foreign Policy Magazine featured an article written by Alexandre Faite, ICRC's head of delegation in Sanaa, Yemen. The piece is accompanied by haunting images by ICRC's Ralph El Hage and reflects the utter chaos that the health care infrastructure and system have become after two years of urban conflict. 

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ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

On July 18th, the ICRC’s Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart  testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy. You can watch the full hearing here.  The hearing, presided by Senator Todd Young (R-IN), focused on what has been termed the Four Famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria. Dominik's Full Testimony is available here

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