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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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we speak with Erica Gaston, an international lawyer and project manager at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, to discuss the legal aspects and humanitarian consequences of the use of self-defense in armed conflict. International humanitarian law addresses the rules for soldiers, armies and States, when they conduct offensive attacks, but it does not directly address the rules governing self-defense. So what are the limits on the use of force when individuals and units are defending themselves in combat situations? Hosted by Niki Clark and Andrea Harrison. 

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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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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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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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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, , Sara Owens and Guest Host Trevor Keck sit down with ICRC in Washington's Policy Advisor Marcia Wong and Hugo Slim, Head of Policy. They discuss how humanitarian diplomacy helps catalyze ICRC's policy work, how the organization is using evidence, experience and expertise in moving the needle on policy, and the recent urban warfare report that details what happens when cities fall apart because of conflict. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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Intercross the Podcast / Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

Intercross the Podcast / Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens is joined by two delegates who have paved the way for the ICRC to adopt sport and inclusion as a priority for the physically disabled communities in conflict-affected countries. Alberto Cairo, one of the ICRC’s most revered delegates, has been in Kabul, Afghanistan with the ICRC’s orthopedic and physical rehabilitation program for 27 years. He was recently joined in Kabul by Jess Markt, an avid wheelchair basketball player and coach, where together, they built the ICRC’s first and largest wheelchair basketball program. Jess and Alberto have not only established an incredibly successful program, but have also cultivated a dynamic friendship. In this episode, learn more about the background and personality behind these inspiring individuals. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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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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The Power of Humanity & Innovative Thinking

The Power of Humanity & Innovative Thinking

On Monday, May 8th, one of the ICRC's longest-serving delegates is coming to the U.S. to help launch the ICRC Collaborative Platform in partnership with Swissnex Boston.  Alberto Cairo, who runs the ICRC's rehabilitative orthopaedic program in Afghanistan, has helped more than 150,000 disabled people learn to walk again. In this photo gallery, a glimpse into the help and hope the ICRC strives to bring to the people of Afghanistan.

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Sexual Violence against Men and Boys: Breaking the Silence

Sexual Violence against Men and Boys: Breaking the Silence

Sexual violence is a burning issue in the humanitarian response, but what is the impact on men and boys who are victims of sexual violence? Stigma, homophobia, and traditional gender roles make reaching male survivors especially challenging. In this panel, held at ICRC's headquarters in Geneva at the end of March, leading experts discussed emerging approaches to reaching male survivors of sexual violence. Listen to the full audio here. 

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Call for Entries: 7th edition of the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or

Call for Entries: 7th edition of the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or

Every year since 2011, the ICRC has awarded the  Humanitarian Visa d'Or is given out each year by the ICRC's delegation in Paris to a professional photojournalist who highlights, through their reporting, issues women face in war, including sexual violence, as well as detention and the separation of families. The 2017 award will be officially presented in the southern French town of Perpignan in September during the Visa pour l'image festivalThe call for entries is now officially opened and will remain so until June 1, 2017. To download the registration form, click here

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Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Cross-Files is the ICRC Library and Archives - including audiovisual archives - official blog. Its purpose is to highlight and bring out specific items or collections as a whole. We encourage researcher to explore ICRC History, IHL and humanitarian action through these collections and we provide tools to support this exploration.

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Introducing Intercross the Podcast

Introducing Intercross the Podcast

We are very excited to announce the long-awaited launch of Intercross the Podcast. Listen to our introductory episode to learn more about your hosts, our vision for the podcasts and what you can expect. And then, every Tuesday, come back for new episodes covering topics ranging from operational updates and legal discussions to humanitarian profiles and pop cultural influences on the perceptions of war.

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Best of Intercross 2016

Best of Intercross 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on a year that saw the fighting in Syria approach its sixth year, a migration crisis in the Mediterranean, severe malnutrition in the Lake Chad region and a U.S. presidential election. This year, Intercross celebrated its 5th birthday, hired its first full time editor, and shared nearly 150 pieces of content. We have lots of new and exciting things planned for 2017, but in the meantime, let's take a look back on our most popular posts from 2016. 

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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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ICRC Day of Remembrance Honors Those who have Died in Line of Duty

ICRC Day of Remembrance Honors Those who have Died in Line of Duty

At 4 a.m. on December 17, 1996, a group of armed men murdered six ICRC colleagues at the ICRC field hospital in Novye Atagi, Chechnya, as they slept in their quarters. Twenty years later, we remember and honor all of those who have died in the line of duty. Today in Geneva, a “March of Remembrance” took place, starting in front of the United Nations and ending at ICRC Headquarters. Families of ICRC staff killed in the line of duty, current and former ICRC staff, and other representatives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement took part. A photo exhibition “Ray of Hope – A Story of Commitment” is also being displayed in Geneva as a tribute to the ICRC staff who have lost their lives, illustrating the depth of their commitment to aiding victims of war around the world. Select images from "Ray of Hope" are shown here. 

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