Q&A: ICRC's South Sudan Director on How to Deliver Aid Amid the Protracted Violent Conflict

Q&A: ICRC's South Sudan Director on How to Deliver Aid Amid the Protracted Violent Conflict

ICRC's François Stamm, who previously managed the United States and Canadian delegations , now oversees ICRC operations in South Sudan. His team includes 200 international mobile staff and around 800 South Sudanese staff, many of whom grew up in refugee camps in Uganda or Kenya. He recently sat down with Devex reporter Teresa Welsh during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to discuss the challenges ICRC faces working amidst the multitude of armed factions that have sprung up as the war has dragged on. Read the full Q&A here. 

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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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ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

On July 18th, the ICRC’s Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart  testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy. You can watch the full hearing here.  The hearing, presided by Senator Todd Young (R-IN), focused on what has been termed the Four Famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria. Dominik's Full Testimony is available here

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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 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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Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation Gives 25K to ICRC in Support of Famine Relief and Prevention

Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation Gives 25K to ICRC in Support of Famine Relief and Prevention

This week, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation pledged $75,000 ($25,000 each) to three organizations working on multiple fronts to address the current famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen: Mercy Corps, Oxfam and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

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South Sudan: Maridi hospital up and running – ICRC strengthens support

South Sudan: Maridi hospital up and running – ICRC strengthens support

After the explosion of a fuel tanker in Maridi last month, the ICRC, in cooperation with the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC), was the first responder. The disaster cost the lives of at least two hundred people and left nearly the same number injured and severely affected. Two surgical teams, 10 tonnes of medical equipment and supplies, as well as emergency shelter for the families of the victims, were sent to the local hospital less than 24 hours after the accident.

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South Sudan: The Team Behind the ICRC`s Largest Surgical Response

South Sudan: The Team Behind the ICRC`s Largest Surgical Response

ICRC Washington's Trevor Keck recently returned from nearly a month in South Sudan, where the ICRC has more surgical teams in the field than in any other country. Each four-person team is responsible for treating people wounded by weapons as well as building local health care capacity. While he was there, Trevor spoke with the Deputy Health Coordinator, Yves Giebens, who helps oversee the delegation`s five mobile surgical teams.

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