Here’s a round-up of some of the most important ICRC news stories from the past week, including an account of what it’s like to live under siege in Yemen, a disturbing new report on attacks against health workers, a statement by the ICRC’s president on the tragic loss of migrant lives in the Mediterranean, and finally, some GOOD news, from Syria.
Our colleague, Cédric Schweizer, who heads the ICRC’s operations in Yemen, gave a powerful, first-hand account to The Guardian of what it’s been like trying to assist and protect people amidst the recent airstrikes.
Shocked and saddened by the news that hundreds of lives had been lost in the Mediterranean, the president of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, made a statement calling the tragic deaths a “reminder of the impact of the worsening conflicts in Libya, Syria, and other Middle Eastern and African countries.”Read it here.
A new ICRC report uncovers the untold suffering that attacks against medical workers, health facilities, and ambulances is causing to thousands of people. Between January 2012 and December 2014, almost 600 health-care workers were killed or beaten/wounded in just 11 countries. It’s time to stop the violence.
And finally, some good news. On Wednesday, icrc.org reported that for the first time since the Syria crisis began, an ICRC team was able to visit parts of rural Damascus where more than 2,500 families recently fled from Yarmouk. Check out the powerful video they shot along the way.