ICRC President Peter Maurer recently returned from a trip to Bangladesh and Myanmar, where he saw firsthand the impact from the crisis that started in August 2017. He visited both sides of the border, the northern parts of Rakhine State well as the camps of Cox's Bazar, which according to OCHA are holding nearly a million refugees, making the concentration of refugees there amongst the densest in the world. To read his full statement, go here.Read More
During the September 19 United Nations General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants, ICRC President Peter Maurer called on world leaders to take stronger action to address the root causes of large movements of people while, at the same time, showing humanity and respect for the millions who are on the move. Mr. Maurer said that it is too often violence that leads to the massive displacement of people.Read More
In this week’s roundup, we take a look at how this complex and growing global phenomenon and the people it impacts—nearly 65 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced—have been portrayed by the media and other online outlets over the past week.Read More
Next week, the UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit on refugees and migrants, bringing together world leaders to address what has become one of the biggest humanitarian challenges in a generation. Back in May, ICRC President Peter Maurer sat down with Intercross to talk about the factors forcing people to flee in the first place and why world leaders should start seeing migration as an opportunity.Read More
People in eastern Aleppo are living through “hell on earth,” the ICRC`s spokesperson in Syria told CNN last week. Hostilities have only intensified on both sides of Aleppo since then. Nowhere and no one is safe in Aleppo This has to stop. For the sake of people suffering immensely in Aleppo, let’s hope that we soon see a de-escalation of hostilities, daily humanitarian pauses that can offer relief, and a commitment by all sides to allow all those that wish to leave Aleppo to do so safely.Read More
Humanitarian concerns in Iraq – particularly those of an estimated 3.3 million people who are internally displaced – are being overshadowed by military, security and stabilization objectives.
As Iraqi and coalition forces prepare their offensive to take back Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, we at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are growing increasingly worried about the humanitarian crisis affecting those who have fled earlier battles, and the looming crisis that awaits the residents of Mosul and the surrounding area.Read More
On July 20, 2016, the United States joins with Canada, Germany and Japan to co-host a Pledging Conference in Washington, DC, in support of humanitarian needs in Iraq. Real, concrete solutions for Iraq will depend on how the international community and concerned parties address humanitarian needs, and, above all, ensure Iraqis’ well-being and protection now and in the longer term.Read More
After several days of armed clashes in Juba, South Sudan, the ICRC remains extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation unfolding there, particularly for the civilian population and those wounded in the fighting.Read More
Some of today’s most devastating conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Lake Chad, and many others, have caused millions of people to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. Discover how you can celebrate the strength and perseverance of refugees in the U.S. next Monday, June 20 – World Refugee Day 2016.Read More
In February, Spanish-American photojournalist Moises Saman joined the ICRC team in Iraq and traveled through Anbar and Salahaddin provinces. Explore people and ruins after having fled the violence, and what was found in its wake.
"In my opinion, the Iraqi people have stopped believing that things will get better. And I understand why."Read More
Ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, the ICRC's President, Peter Maurer, sat down with Intercross to talk about one of the world's biggest humanitarian challenges in a generation – the so-called global “migrant crisis” and why world leaders should start seeing migration as an opportunity.Read More
As hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants pass through several European countries, often very rapidly, the Red Cross Societies have deployed staff and volunteers to border crossings, railway stations and other locations where migrants and refugees pass through or are accommodated.Read More
The conflict in Syria has created one of the most daunting humanitarian crises in decades, generating needs across the region that are beyond description. As was widely reported in the media this week, the resulting refugee crisis stretches well beyond the Middle East, with European nations, in particular, struggling to cope with the influx of tens of thousands of desperate and vulnerable children, women, and men. Learn how the Red Cross & Red Crescent is responding.Read More