Through the Eyes of Children: Buzzfeed Features ICRC Photography Project in Nigeria

Through the Eyes of Children: Buzzfeed Features ICRC Photography Project in Nigeria

Life in the creekside community of Prison Waterfront, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, can be as difficult as its name alludes. Here, children grow up amid a tangle of shanty homes with little to no access to basic human necessities such as clean drinking water and sewage systems. Living among widespread litter, human waste, and nearby oil slicks means living off the land simply isn't an option here. To better understand the livelihoods of its residents, the International Committee of the Red Cross handed out disposable cameras to 26 youngsters in Prison Waterfront, asking them to document their daily lives in an effort to better comprehend their living situations.

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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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Call for Applications: Enable Makeathon 2.0

Call for Applications: Enable Makeathon 2.0

The ICRC and its partners including the Global Disability Innovation Hub, invites persons with disabilities, engineers, designers, scientists, innovators, manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians, to join the Enable Makeathon 2 movement to develop appropriate solutions for challenges of Accessibility and Employability faced by persons with disabilities at the bottom of the pyramid.The last date for applications is September 30, 2017.  The First round applications closes on the September 10th, and the second round applications closes on September 30th.

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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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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #29 Hurricane Harvey Updates with American Red Cross's Jenelle Eli

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #29 Hurricane Harvey Updates with American Red Cross's Jenelle Eli

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by American Red Cross's Director of International Communications Jenelle Eli. Hurricane Harvey has dumped the equivalent of Lake Michigan on south and central Texas. What is the situation on the ground? How is the American Red Cross responding? What can you do if you find yourself in an emergency situation? And how can you help? Hosted by Niki Clark.

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American Red Cross Provides Relief in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

American Red Cross Provides Relief in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to threaten residents in Texas and parts of Louisiana with extremely dangerous flooding, with access to most affected areas expected to be challenging for some time to come. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster.

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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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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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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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ICRC's Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo Featured on NPR's Goats and Soda Blog

ICRC's Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo Featured on NPR's Goats and Soda Blog

In May, Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo visited NPR headquarters following the launch of the Swissnex Collaborative Platform in Boston to speak with reporter Malaka Gharib about working with people with disabilities in Afghanistan, the transformational power of sport and the thrill of a high-five. Read the full interview here

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ICRC Maintains Field Presence, Local Engagement Despite Insecurity in Conflict Situations

ICRC Maintains Field Presence, Local Engagement Despite Insecurity in Conflict Situations

A recent article in the Guardian highlighted findings from Presence and Proximity: To Stay and Deliver, Five Years On, a follow up study to OCHA's 2011  To Stay and Deliver. The former study collected and documented humanitarian organizations’ good practices in deploying and delivering relief in highly insecure environments. Presence and Proximity, which is based on interviews with 2,000 humanitarian workers showed that aid agencies often relied on local groups to carry out work in conflicts zones, distancing their own staff from the dangers on the ground. The study found the majority of humanitarian agencies evacuated when violence erupted and if they returned when the situation stabilized, many agencies then focused their aid efforts on more stable areas. However the report did acknowledge that certain organizations, including the ICRC and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have maintained a major field presence regardless of insecurity through consistent engagement at a local level.

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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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What You Need to Know About Urban War

What You Need to Know About Urban War

“I Saw My City Die,” a new report released today captures the experience of civilians living in cities impacted by devastating urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report includes testimony from civilians in Mosul, Taiz and Aleppo – three cities that have been subject to intense fighting – as well as some powerful statistics that illustrate the deadly nature of urban war in the Middle East. Through some analysis of statistics, the report clearly shows that modern urban wars can be far more deadly for civilians than when wars take place in more rural areas.

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