Here are highlights of some important stories from icrc.org over the past few days, including news of the tragic deaths of more Red Crescent workers killed in Yemen and Syria while trying to help others. Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation inside Yemen is becoming more desperate by the day as airstrikes and ground fighting continue. And finally, a group of Getty photographers talk about the deadly legacy of landmines.
In reaction to the recent deaths of several Red Crescent workers in Yemen and Syria, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement issued a joint statement on Friday condemning the killings. The condemnation comes in the wake of three unconnected attacks at the end of March against teams performing their humanitarian duties in Yemen, Syria and Mali. Three workers died in the attacks, including one ICRC staff member.
Alarmed by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen following more than a week if intense air strikes and ground fighting, the ICRC called for a humanitarian pause to allow medical supplies to enter the country. Read the full news release here. Over the weekend, the ICRC did receive permission from the Saudi-led coalition conducting the air strikes to send in a plane carrying medical supplies. However, we are facing a number of logistical challenges in getting the supplies into the conflict zone. The ICRC remains present in several areas of Yemen: the capital Sana'a, Saada, Aden, and Taiz. On Monday, the ICRC's Head of Operations for the Near and Middle East, Robert Mardini, tweeted:
#Yemen: #Aden team managed to send 2 convoys to Crater & Mualla to deliver badly needed medical supplies to health facilities.
#Yemen: #Aden is a ghost town. Inhabitants are nowhere to be seen & the city's scale of destruction is clearer by the day.
Follow @RMardiniICRC, as well as ICRC Yemen's Twitter account (@ICRC _ye) and the ICRC's Spokeswoman in Sana'a, Marie Claire Feghali (@MCFeghaliICRC) for regular updates.
And finally, to mark International Day for Mine Awareness, the ICRC published a striking video featuring the work of five photographers sent to five countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Laos, Mozambique and Nicaragua – to document the deadly legacy of war that landmines represent. Watch it below.
The ICRC sent five photographers to five countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Laos, Mozambique and Nicaragua – to document the human toll exacted by mines and other ERW.
The images capture both the dedicated work of those involved in clearance operations, and the anguish and resilience of survivors.
To learn more about the ICRC's work, visit: https://www.icrc.org/en/what-we-do/mine-action