On July 18th, the ICRC’s Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy. The hearing, presided by Senator Todd Young (R-IN), focused on what has been termed the Four Famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria.
Last March, ICRC's Director-General Yves Daccord's testified on the same subject. Yves focused on the urgent need for humanitarian efforts worldwide, but especially in four of the most severely affected countries: South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen. In addition, he spoke about the scope and roots of the problem, including protracted armed conflict, the ICRC’s mandate and operational responses on the ground, compliance to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the vital role of the US in its support to the ICRC’s work and to humanitarian action more broadly.
ICRC updates on the humanitarian situations on the ground in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, and Yemen:
- Nigeria: Responding to the needs of people affected by armed conflict in 2017
- War at the root of hunger
- Somalia: Big influx at nutritional feeding centres for children
- South Sudan: Living under a tree, thousands need water, food, shelter
- War in the time of cholera