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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Intercross the Podcast Episode #47 Fragility, Conflict and Violence: ICRC and the World Bank

Intercross the Podcast Episode #47 Fragility, Conflict and Violence: ICRC and the World Bank

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Austin Shangraw and Jyl Strong of the ICRC in Washington's Policy team. Last week, the World Bank held its biannual Fragility Forum. The Forum brings together policy makers and practitioners from humanitarian, development, peace and security communities to share practical solutions and explore innovative ways to improve development approaches to foster peace and stability. ICRC's Director General Yves Daccord attended and participated in several high-level panels. Why is ICRC involved in these discussions? How are we partnering with the World Bank? What does it mean when we discuss the humanitarian development nexus? Austin and Jyl analyze the conversations that came out of the Forum and give us the big takeaways for moving forward. Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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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 #46 Missing Maps: Information as Aid with Matt Gibb

Intercross the Podcast Episode #46 Missing Maps: Information as Aid with Matt Gibb

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Matthew Gibb, GIS Officer at the American Red Cross. Each year, disasters around the world devastate millions of people. But many communities are missing from the maps that responders use to deliver lifesaving aid. In our conversation, we talk about how the American Red Cross and partner organizations are using the power of crowd-sourcing and remote volunteers to put millions of people from high-risk countries on the map since 2014.  Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #45 The Rules of War and Video Games Part 3

Intercross the Podcast Episode #45 The Rules of War and Video Games Part 3

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, the last of a three part conversation in our cultural series, we are joined Christian Rouffaer, ICRC's head of virtual reality unit based in Bangkok.  We chat about his role, why ICRC has decided to invest in virtual reality and how the organization is harnessing the power of video games to reach audiences in new and creative ways. We also talk about how VR technology works in the humanitarian space and how his time in contexts like Afghanistan, Yemen and South Sudan have shaped and colored his current work. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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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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Intercross the Podcast Episode #39: Two Decades Working in Conflict with Mali Head of Delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti

Intercross the Podcast Episode #39: Two Decades Working in Conflict with Mali Head of Delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with the ICRC head of delegation in Mali Jean Nicolas Marti. Marti has worked with ICRC for more than 20 years, in contexts ranging from Gaza and Afghanistan to Lebanon and Central African Republic. In our conversation we discuss the challenges of working in Mali, how the conflict has evolved since the ICRC began working there in 1991, and the strategic importance of a Malian presence, and how he stays motivated after two decades of working in conflict. Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Reflections from Myanmar: Intercross Interviews ICRC Head of Delegation Fabrizio Carboni

Reflections from Myanmar: Intercross Interviews ICRC Head of Delegation Fabrizio Carboni

Intercross recently caught up with ICRC Head of Delegation in Myanmar Fabrizio Carboni to discuss the political crisis there and the more than half a million who have fled to Bangladesh since the end of August. To learn more about the ICRC's work in Myanmar, go here

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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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Intercross the Podcast/Episode #36 Pushed to the Limit: Healthcare in Conflict with Esperanza Martinez

Intercross the Podcast/Episode #36 Pushed to the Limit: Healthcare in Conflict with Esperanza Martinez

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Esperanza Martinez, the ICRC’s Head of Health. Esperanza, who is based at the ICRC HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, has spent most of her life working in the health sector in the humanitarian sphere. She has brought her expertise all over the world, but most recently to Washington, DC to speak with other influential actors on a variety of challenges facing the health sector today, many of which take a heavy toll on communities affected by armed conflict and violence – the devastating and ongoing cholera outbreak in Yemen, the deterioration of public health services due to prolonged conflict, and the psychosocial effects of violence, displacement and gender-based violence, especially on women and children. In this episode, Esperanza helps us break down some of the complexities related to health and health systems and brings us back to the importance of one of the most basic aspects of our humanity. Hosted by Sara Owens and Anna Nelson.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #33 Policy and Peacekeeping in South Sudan with Trevor Keck and Lauren Spink

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #33 Policy and Peacekeeping in South Sudan with Trevor Keck and Lauren Spink

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC in Washington’s Deputy Head of Communications Trevor Keck and Lauren Spink, the Center for Civilians in Conflict Peacekeeping Advisor. Trevor recently returned from a brief mission to South Sudan and Lauren is headed out to the country this week. We took the opportunity to chat with them both about the current challenges facing aid worker and peacekeepers. What are some of the protection issues? Are aid organizations able to secure humanitarian access? And as the largest donor to South Sudan (is that true)—the US has spent nearly $10 billion since independence 6 years ago and pays more than a quarter of all international aid to the country each year—what does the current U.S. policy review for its approach to South Sudan mean for the situation on the ground?

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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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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Mogadishu October 20, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Mogadishu October 20, 2017

Last weekend, a truck bombing went off in the center of Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu, killing hundreds of civilians. In a Guardian article, reporter Jason Burke called the scale of the attack made it ‘one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.’ The ICRC and the Somalia Red Crescent Society both immediately responded, treating the wounded, supplying medical kits and body bags and supporting relief operations. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Somalia, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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