A round-up of some of the top news items published on ICRC.org over the past week.
Nigeria: Intensifying violence in the northeast of the country has led to a deterioration in the humanitarian situation. Thousands of people have fled to other parts of Nigeria and into neighbouring countries. Others need urgent medical treatment for their injuries. The ICRC is distributing emergency aid and treating the sick and wounded. But access to certain areas remains difficult and the needs are enormous, so the ICRC has to focus on helping the most vulnerable people. An interview with Beat Mosimann, deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja. Watch the video.
Ukraine:Speaking from Donetsk, the head of the ICRC's sub-delegation, Joan Audierne, tells how escalating fighting in and around the city in the last two weeks has seen the situation for civilians dramatically worsen. People are scared to move around and the ICRC has been obliged to temporarily suspend some of its planned humanitarian activities in the city and along the frontline. ICRC teams are on standby to resume their work as soon as possible. Watch the video.
Sexual violence in war zones: In conversation with Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia's ambassador for women and girls. Ms Stott Despoja discusses the issue of sexual violence in conflict and how Australia is working to better empower women and girls in war zones and post conflict situations. Watch the video.
Last but not least, your heartwarming story of the day…
Every year, millions of families become separated by war, disaster or migration. The Family Links website is one of the tools that the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement created in order to reconnect families. Thanks to this site, Zahra found her son after 8 years of separation.
ref. Afghanistan, Kabul delegation