A few of the contexts where we could use more cash

Click image to access infographic.

Click image to access infographic.

You might be surprised to learn that South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Israel and the Occupied Territories, and Myanmar are among the ICRC's top underfunded operations. 

You can find an infographic break-down of how much we need (in Swiss francs) on icrc.org. Here's an approximate breakdown of how much we need in US dollars:

South Sudan: 45 million

Iraq: 36 million

Afghanistan: 25 million

Colombia: 23 million

Israel and the Occupied Territories: 22 million

Myanmar: 20 million

The infographic also shows we've been doing in these countries lately.

For instance, in Iraq, where armed conflict continues and fighting has spread from Mosul into central parts of the country, the ICRC has managed to provide food and other aid to more than 150,000 people, who were forced to flee their homes.

In South Sudan, together with the National Red Cross, we have also fed 250,000 people since the beginning of the crisis there. This heart-breaking narrated photo gallery paints a grim picture of a situation that has pretty much dropped out of the headlines here in the US. Yet, for those affected by the violence, it's a matter of life and death. Below you will find some rare and impressive footage of an ICRC airdrop over South Sudan.

And in Afghanistan, the ICRC recently helped a group of disabled basketball players achieve the impossible dream. With the help and encouragement of their American coach, Jess Markt, they recently competed for the first time abroad in Italy.

As the ICRC's Alberto Cairo says, they proved that "Afghanistan is not just about war, explosions, fighting and suicide attacks… it's about more than that." Watch the video of the team in Italy below and check out the infographic to learn more about our other underfunded contexts.

To support the ICRC in continuing these types of activities, go here. (And, thank you!)


Eric Marclay, the ICRC's head of operations for East Africa, outlines the extent of the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, and explains why it has been necessary to carry out air drops of food and relief items for the first time in over 15 years.