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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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 #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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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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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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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Financing of Aid in Conflict September 8, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Financing of Aid in Conflict September 8, 2017

The ICRC has created the world's first "Humanitarian Impact Bond" to help transform the way vital services for people with disabilities are financed in conflict-hit countries. The capital raised – 26 million CHF or approximately $27.5 million USD– will be used to build and run three new physical rehabilitation centres in Africa (Nigeria, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo) over a five year period, providing services for thousands of people. The payment-by-results program also includes the necessary training for the new staff as well as the testing and implementation of new efficiency initiatives. The innovative funding mechanism has been created to encourage social investment from the private sector. A rising number of conflicts as well as a growing annual budget of the ICRC are the driving forces behind the bond. See more from ICRC on humanitarian impact bond here.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look at this innovative model of funding, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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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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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

August 30th marked International Day of the Disappeared. Every year, a countless number of people go missing, either separated during migration or conflict, leaving behind loved ones who agonize over their location and wellbeing. Those that are left behind have the right to know what has happened to their missing relatives and and governments, armed forces and armed groups have an obligation to provide information and to help reunite families. You can learn more about how ICRC helps in this effort here as well as read this compelling blog from the British Red Cross about what happens when families are reconnected.In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation of the missing, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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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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