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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A Story of Love: The Story of the ICRC

A Story of Love: The Story of the ICRC

Amidst some of the harshest conflicts on earth, we assist with the basics of life: food, water and shelter.  Often first on the ground and the last to leave,  neutral, impartial and independent, we are the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

Check out the latest video from the ICRC. And find out more about our work here

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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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No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

The ICRC has launched a new interactive website – missingmigrants.icrc.org – featuring the stories and photos behind the humanitarian tragedies of those who go missing along migration routes. Their journeys are long and dangerous; across the Mediterranean, the Maghreb, the Central American corridor. People fleeing violence and scarcity, migrating to stay alive just one more day. These stories are just one part of this global issue: they are the stories of those who left to find a better life, but never arrived. Check out the site here.

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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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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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Intercross the Podcast: Check Out Our New Playlists!

Intercross the Podcast: Check Out Our New Playlists!

Six months after launching and nearly 5,200 listens later, we've now got an even easier way for you to enjoy the great content of Intercross the Podcast: Playlists! You can check them all out on Soundcloud, but today we're featuring our Cultural Series Playlist. In our Cultural Series, we explore the intersection of conflict and culture. Whether its the rules of war as found in Shakespeare's literature of George Lucas's Star Wars, the way we perceive conflict and war is often colored by what we see and read in art, film, television and books. 

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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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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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