As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on a year that saw the fighting in Syria approach its sixth year, a migration crisis in the Mediterranean, severe malnutrition in the Lake Chad region and a U.S. presidential election. This year, Intercross celebrated its 5th birthday, hired its first full time editor, and shared nearly 150 pieces of content. We have lots of new and exciting things planned for 2017, but in the meantime, let's take a look back on our most popular posts from 2016.
Obama Praises ICRC's Indispensable Role in Protecting the Most Vulnerable
The ICRC’s President, Peter Maurer, was in Washington, DC this week for a series of meetings with senior officials from the outgoing U.S. administration and other foreign policy figures representing various political perspectives.
During the visit, Mr. Maurer received a letter from President Obama, expressing his gratitude for the continued and significant work of the ICRC. Mr. Maurer returned the gesture, extending his appreciation for the support extended to the ICRC by the US government.
ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned WIN/Gallup to carry out a global survey on public attitudes towards war and the rules of war, including 17,000 people from 16 countries. Survey participants were living in countries in conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as powerful countries fighting wars, like the United States and Russia. They were asked questions on a variety of issues such as the protection of civilians, attacks against hospitals, treatments of detainees and the role of the international community in ensuring respect for the rules of war. Check out the full results as well as more about the survey, launch events and media here.
In Conversation Series: A Video Interview with ICRC's Global Protection Delegate Pete Giugni
In this edition of our In Conversation series, ICRC's Deputy Communications Coordinator Trevor Keck speaks with Global Protection Delegate Pete Guigni about working in some of the most dangerous places on earth, the challenges humanitarian actors today and his most memorable moment with the ICRC.
What You Need to Know about Humanitarian Airdrops
Humanitarian airdrops are one of the many ways aid can be delivered to those in need. But for many reasons, it is not ideal and is not a long term solution. Discover how the ICRC decides whether or not a humanitarian airdrop is appropriate in a certain context and why unimpeded ground access in Syria is crucial to effectively deliver aid to those most in need.
Why Outer Space Matter: A Series on IHL in Space
The ICRC recently participated in the Inaugural Plenary of the MILAMOS Project, which aims to develop a widely-accepted manual clarifying the fundamental rules applicable to the military use of outer space, in times of peace, as well as in periods of tension and in armed conflict. To coincide with the launch, Intercross introduces our newest series, Why Outer Space Matters.
In Conversation With Series: IFRC Communications Delegate Rosemarie North
Nearly 65 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, fleeing violence and conflict in places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Increasing numbers of migrants and refugees are making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe; according to UNHCR more than 300,000 in 2016 alone. They come for a safer, more secure life, but the trip itself is anything but: traveling in unseaworthy vessels and deflating dingheys through dangerous waters without navigation or adequate supplies.
In this edition of In Conversation With Series, IFRC Delegate Rosemarie North speaks with Intercross about life at sea, some of the violence these people are desperately fleeing, and how the Red Cross is helping.
The Modern Age of Migration - An Interview with ICRC President Peter Maurer
Around the world, government officials, human rights groups, and aid agencies are grappling with one of the biggest humanitarian challenges in a generation – the so-called global “migrant crisis.” The ICRC works to ensure hope and dignity for the tens of thousands of people fleeing armed conflict, violence, persecution, and poverty – from the Middle East to Central America and beyond.
ICRC's President, Peter Maurer, sat down with Intercross to talk about the factors forcing people to flee in the first place and why world leaders should start seeing migration as an opportunity.