#ICYMI Friday Roundup: ICRC Around the Globe

Decades of violence in South Sudan have shattered hopes for a sound medical system. For a patient who needs to reach a hospital in an emergency the absence of roads is a death sentence. ICRC / Alyona Synenko

Decades of violence in South Sudan have shattered hopes for a sound medical system. For a patient who needs to reach a hospital in an emergency the absence of roads is a death sentence. ICRC / Alyona Synenko

In this week’s roundup, we’re taking a bit of a different approach. While in the past we have focused on conversations and discussions happening in media and other online outlets, today we are featuring ICRC content—the stories, videos and images from just a sliver of the 80 countries we operate in globally. Considering that it’s been an unfortunately busy week for humanitarians, and a critical time for those of us dedicated to international humanitarian law, it seemed both appropriate and timely to do a review of our work on the ground.  In addition, this week marks FIVE YEARS of Intercross, so we thought our readers wouldn’t mind if we did a bit of internal showcasing.

As always, let us here at Intercross know your thoughts, feedback and suggestions, and thanks for your continued support. Here’s to another five years!

From NPR:

Why Is No One Punished For Attacks On Aid Workers?

ICRC’s Helen Durham speaks to NPR’s Goats and Soda development blog about the attacks on aid workers. "We have short attention spans," Durham says. "We see something terrible and then it disappears. We need to keep saying that these protections are valuable, they're worthy, and they speak to our common humanity. And keep expressing outrage when the laws are breached," she adds. Listen to the full interview here.

From Sky News

Special Report: Europe’s Migration Tragedy (Video)

In the past 3 years more than 10,000 men women and children have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in an effort to flee their homes. Each migrant had a story, a hope, a dream. Over just six days Sky's Mark Stone witnessed the rescue attempts, the helplessness of the migrants and the hopelessness of the efforts to end the crisis by following a response team in the Mediterranean, co-led by the International Red Cross. Watch the full video here.

From the Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine

Humanity Under Fire

Editor Malcolm Lucard writes in the September issue, “Bombed hospitals. Health and first-aid workers killed. Heavily populated urban areas bombarded. What can be done to ensure respect for the rules of war?” Read the full article here.

From Humanitarian Law & Policy

An unwarranted human sacrifice in the Middle East

Regional Coordinator Omar Mekky reflects on laws and wars in this compelling perspective on ICRC’s blog. 

From the ICRC

Thousands are unable to access healthcare in South Sudan (Video)

The Waat clinic in South Sudan is overwhelmed, serving up to 70,000 people, nearly double its intended capacity. Seasonal rains make it impossible for the sick to reach the nearest hospital, a nine-hour-walk away. For most of the patients, this clinic is their only access to healthcare services. Watch the full video here. You can also read more about the medical crisis in this article on ICRC.org.

Afghanistan: The Policeman’s Story

Paiwand-Ali was a police officer in Afghanistan until he lost his leg to a landmine in 1990. See the incredible photo essay of his story, shot exclusively for ICRC by Gueorgui Pinkhassov of Magnum Photos.

In Yemen, access to water can be a daily struggle (Video)

When infrastructure is destroyed, taps stop running. Protracted conflict in Yemen has destroyed water facilities and cut power needed for pumps. Watch the full video here.


Are you a writer, videographer, photographer or blogger publishing interesting stuff linked to armed conflict, international humanitarian law (a.k.a. the law of armed conflict), innovation, compassion, history, etc. that you think deserves a shout-out here? Send us a link and we might feature your content next week. Write to: nclark (at) icrc (dot) org