Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities Highlight

Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities Highlight

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, the ICRC's latest Highlight focused on War in Cities. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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What You Need to Know About Urban War

What You Need to Know About Urban War

“I Saw My City Die,” a new report released today captures the experience of civilians living in cities impacted by devastating urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report includes testimony from civilians in Mosul, Taiz and Aleppo – three cities that have been subject to intense fighting – as well as some powerful statistics that illustrate the deadly nature of urban war in the Middle East. Through some analysis of statistics, the report clearly shows that modern urban wars can be far more deadly for civilians than when wars take place in more rural areas.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, , Sara Owens and Guest Host Trevor Keck sit down with ICRC in Washington's Policy Advisor Marcia Wong and Hugo Slim, Head of Policy. They discuss how humanitarian diplomacy helps catalyze ICRC's policy work, how the organization is using evidence, experience and expertise in moving the needle on policy, and the recent urban warfare report that details what happens when cities fall apart because of conflict. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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When War Comes to Cities

When War Comes to Cities

Tens of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people live in increasingly unsafe and impoverished conditions because of the armed conflicts and violence that dominate the cities, towns and informal settlements in which they live. With Habitat III happening this week in Quito, we'll be taking a look at the destructive force of urban violence has on people's lives and livelihoods – and how the ICRC works to combat it in the many contexts in which it works around the world. 

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No Safe Place in Aleppo

No Safe Place in Aleppo

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.

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Syria: Aleppo on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

Syria: Aleppo on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

Intense battles that have been raging in Aleppo have seen a key hospital destroyed with significant loss of life and are putting millions at grave risk. "There is no neighborhood of the city that hasn't been hit. People are living on the edge. Everyone here fears for their lives and nobody knows what is coming next."

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