#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

Rhetoric that “dehumanizes” and “demonizes” the enemy or suggests that a particular adversary is “outside the bounds of humanity” and can be treated “as if humanitarian law doesn’t apply” is highly concerning, ICRC’s Deputy Director for the Middle East Patrick Hamilton told reporters this week. Hamilton was speaking at a news conference on the issue of foreign fighters and their families leaving Iraq and Syria. Such language, which could appear to justify war crimes or illegal treatment of detainees, has become more common on all sides of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the discussion around foreign fighters, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Mogadishu October 20, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Mogadishu October 20, 2017

Last weekend, a truck bombing went off in the center of Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu, killing hundreds of civilians. In a Guardian article, reporter Jason Burke called the scale of the attack made it ‘one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.’ The ICRC and the Somalia Red Crescent Society both immediately responded, treating the wounded, supplying medical kits and body bags and supporting relief operations. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Somalia, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Financing of Aid in Conflict September 8, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Financing of Aid in Conflict September 8, 2017

The ICRC has created the world's first "Humanitarian Impact Bond" to help transform the way vital services for people with disabilities are financed in conflict-hit countries. The capital raised – 26 million CHF or approximately $27.5 million USD– will be used to build and run three new physical rehabilitation centres in Africa (Nigeria, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo) over a five year period, providing services for thousands of people. The payment-by-results program also includes the necessary training for the new staff as well as the testing and implementation of new efficiency initiatives. The innovative funding mechanism has been created to encourage social investment from the private sector. A rising number of conflicts as well as a growing annual budget of the ICRC are the driving forces behind the bond. See more from ICRC on humanitarian impact bond here.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look at this innovative model of funding, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

August 30th marked International Day of the Disappeared. Every year, a countless number of people go missing, either separated during migration or conflict, leaving behind loved ones who agonize over their location and wellbeing. Those that are left behind have the right to know what has happened to their missing relatives and and governments, armed forces and armed groups have an obligation to provide information and to help reunite families. You can learn more about how ICRC helps in this effort here as well as read this compelling blog from the British Red Cross about what happens when families are reconnected.In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation of the missing, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: 'Outrageous' Airstrikes in Sana’a August 25, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: 'Outrageous' Airstrikes in Sana’a August 25, 2017

Wednesday evening's airstrikes in Sana'a killed 14 people and injured another 16. The casualties included at least 5 children, the youngest of them only 3 years old. The ICRC condemned the attacks immediately, saying "Such loss of civilian life is outrageous and runs counter to the basic tenets of the law of armed conflict." See full press release here. As war moves more and more into urban contexts, civilians have increasingly suffered. Some 50 million people in urban areas now bear the brunt of conflict. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Sana’a following the most recent airstrikes, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Staggering Suffering of South Sudan August 18, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Staggering Suffering of South Sudan August 18, 2017

South Sudan may be the world’s newest country but in its short existence, the ongoing civil war has left behind mostly devastation. In a country of 12 million, in three residents have been displaced and one in every two South Sudanese are severely hungry and in need of food assistance. The ICRC President Peter Maurer visited the country this week and said in a news release that the numbers associated with South Sudan's violence reveal the level of brutality being carried out against civilians. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the current situation in South Sudan, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC President in Yemen July 28, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC President in Yemen July 28, 2017

This week, ICRC President Peter Maurer traveled to Yemen in midst of "needless suffering" that he called "absolutely infuriating." Yemen is experiencing what's being called world's worst cholera outbreak with experts predicting that by the end of 2017 more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at Maurer's trip to Yemen, including the besieged city of Taiz, and the situation on the ground, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Venezuela Friday July 21, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Venezuela Friday July 21, 2017

For more than two years, Venezuela has struggled with shortages in food, medicine and basic services, and in recent months, growing violence and daily protests as a result of economic collapse. The country—previously one of the America’s wealthiest nations because of a rich supply of oil—has seen its economy drop by nearly 40% since 2006. NPR's Planet Money calls the disaster, caused by government decisions and triggered by a drop in oil prices, an "economic horror story." In addition, increased violence—fueled by President Nicolás Maduro call for a July 30 vote to bypass the National Assembly and elect a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution, further consolidating his party’s power—threatens to move the country into even deeper crisis. Read about the ICRC’s work in Venezuela here.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look the growing violence and crisis in Venezuela, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Yemen’s Cholera Crisis ‘Spiraling out of Control’ July 14, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Yemen’s Cholera Crisis ‘Spiraling out of Control’ July 14, 2017

 Yemen has reached a new horrifying milestone—more than 300,00 suspected cholera cases in country. In this week's #ICYMI, we take a look at the spiraling cholera epidemic in Yemen, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Six Years of Independence in South Sudan July 7, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Six Years of Independence in South Sudan July 7, 2017

This Sunday, South Sudan will mark six years as an independent country, the world’s youngest. But the ongoing civil war in the country means that no one will be celebrating; because of fighting the the government has canceled its Independence Day anniversary for the second straight year. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at South Sudan, six years after independence, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Power Outage in the Gaza Strip

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Power Outage in the Gaza Strip

Since Gaza’s only power plant shut down in April of this year, electricity has become a luxury item to the nearly two million people living there. Available for only about 4 hours a day, a recent agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel just reduced Gaza's electricity by another 40 percent. Since the plant shut down in April when fuel ran out, Gaza has relied on feeder strips from Egypt and Israel. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the power outage in Gaza, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Battle for Mosul

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Battle for Mosul

Earlier this week, Iraqi forces began a military operation in the Old City of Mosul. With each passing day, the fighting grows more intense. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of civilians are trapped inside the Old City, a densely- populated maze of narrow alleyways and houses. With constant shelling, civilians have been caught in the crossfire. Staying could mean dying, but trying to escape could mean dying too. Last week, the ICRC released a special report on the impact of war in cities, including Mosul. The report looks at what civilians in these places go through, and found that at least 70% of civilian deaths in the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq occur in urban areas. In addition, the wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria accounted for nearly half of all civilian war deaths globally between 2010 and 2015.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the battle for Mosul, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

Earlier this week, authorities in Yemen declared a state of emergency due to a sharp rise in cholera deaths. Director of Global Operations Dominik Stillhart spoke with NPR's Morning Edition about the crisis and called for the unconditional and immediate access to people detained in relation with the conflict. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Yemen, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, May 5, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, May 5, 2017

On May 8th, we celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This year the ICRC in DC will be launching the ICRC Collaborative Platform in partnership with Swissnex Boston. The day marks the birth of Henry Dunant (born 1828), the founder of the ICRC and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.  In total, as part of the larger Red Cross movement, which includes the ICRC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and National Societies, we operate in more than 190 countries, with the help of more than 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers. In that spirit, in this week’s roundup, we take a look at the work of the Global Red Cross around the world.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Nepal Earthquake, Two Years Later, April 28, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Nepal Earthquake, Two Years Later, April 28, 2017

Two years ago this week, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, bringing devastation and heartache to the Himalayan country. This tragic disaster—which was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks— took more than 8,800 lives and damaged or destroyed more than 800,000 homes. The earthquake’s effects were far-reaching: collapsed schools, broken water systems, and lost sources of income among them. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at Nepal’s recovery, two years later, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Four Famines, April 21, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Four Famines, April 21, 2017

This week, the ICRC head of Delegation in South Sudan Jürg Eglin visited the Washington office and gave us a unique from-the-field perspective of the dire situation that nearly 20 million people throughout South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are facing, a crisis that’s being referred to in humanitarian circles as the Four Famines. It’s not from a lack of resources or weather-related drought. As we’ve mentioned before in this roundup, these famines are a result of conflict, and conditions continue to worsen. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the four famines as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC Statements on Syrian Missile Strikes, April 7, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC Statements on Syrian Missile Strikes, April 7, 2017

Late Thursday, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat near Homs. The U.S. President said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapons use in Idlib earlier this week. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at ICRC’s statement on the event as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Conflict at the Root of Famine, March 24, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Conflict at the Root of Famine, March 24, 2017

This week, ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the global state of humanitarian affairs. During the hearing, Daccord focused on the urgent need for humanitarian efforts worldwide, but especially in four of the most severely affected countries: South SudanSomaliaNigeria, and Yemen. The humanitarian situation is now verging on catastrophic and in all four countries, the crises are man-made, experiencing years of years of violence and suffering. Protracted conflict lies at the root of these humanitarian crises. For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around protracted conflict at the root of famine as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The People of Syria, Six Years in Crisis, Syria March 17, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The People of Syria, Six Years in Crisis, Syria March 17, 2017

For six years, violence has brought death and destruction to the people of Syria. Millions have been forced from their homes or have fled the country. Eight million Syrians remain displaced within Syria. Five million people live in besieged cities and hard-to-reach areas and 4.8 million Syrians have fled, living as refugees in neighboring countries and beyond. Many of these are the most vulnerable, including children. Since the beginning, in spite of the dangers, the ICRC, alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, has been providing food and life-saving support to Syrians. This year alone, our team in Syria has carried out more than 57 cross frontline operations, bringing food and essential aid to eight million people, and clean water to millions more. And while these statistics are critical, it’s important to remember that behind each of these numbers are individuals, struggling to survive and protect their families and loved ones in the middle of a conflict zone. You can read more stories at SyriaStreet.com. For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the people living and working in Syria as portrayed by the media and other online outlets. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Drought in Somalia February 24, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Drought in Somalia February 24, 2017

While droughts are cyclical in Somalia, last year’s failed rains have exacerbated this year’s conditions, devastating communities dependent on them for their livestock and livelihood. To help those most affected, the ICRC and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) are currently distributing food to 140,000 drought-affected people, with hopes to reach an additional 10,0000 with cash and other essential items in coming days. The situation is so dire that Sared Haji Jaama, a mother living in a Somali displacement camp responded to a question about conditions, she said "I simply have no words for this drought." For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the drought in Somalia as portrayed by the media and online outlets.

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