The latest from the ICRC on Ukraine, Iraq and East Africa

People fleeing violence in the town of Sinjar head for the Syrian border. ©Reuters / R. Sai

People fleeing violence in the town of Sinjar head for the Syrian border. ©Reuters / R. Sai

Three important news items have been released by the ICRC so far this week.

First, our head of operations for Europe and Central Asia, Laurent Corbaz explains that the ICRC is seeking more information about the aid convoy that left Moscow for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. He says we still need security guarantees and direct contact with all parties. In the video (below), Mr. Corbaz also describes the situation in eastern Ukraine as "dire," with many cities lacking medical supplies, water and electricity. The ICRC is stepping up its efforts to help, giving priority to people in Donbass and to casualties in need of medical treatment.

Second, is an operational update on the situation in Iraq, where the US has been carrying out "targeted military action" via air strikes and providing humanitarian assistance via air drops to people trapped by the fighting in Sinjar. The ICRC warned on Tuesday that as the violence spreads in central and north-western Iraq, it is taking a heavy toll on civilians. Thousands have been killed or injured. Since the beginning of the year, over a million people have been displaced. Most have been constantly on the move and now live in great hardship, some in unsafe places. Read our operational update here.

Third, we also have an update on how the food security situation is deteriorating in South Sudan and Somalia. Mathias Frese, the head of relief for the ICRC in Eastern Africa, takes stock of the factors that have led to too many people suffering from a lack of food. Watch it below.

US media are welcome to contact the ICRC's spokesperson in Washington DC, Anna Nelson, for more information and interview requests.

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The ICRC is seeking more information about the 280-vehicle aid convoy that left Moscow for eastern Ukraine on 12 August 2014. Laurent Corbaz, ICRC Head of Operations for Europe and Central Asia, says the organization still needed security guarantees and direct contact with all parties, plus details of the convoy's cargo and its size.


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The food security situation is deteriorating in South Sudan and Somalia. Mathias Frese, head of relief for the ICRC in Eastern Africa, takes stock of the factors that have led to too many people suffering from lack of food. He describes what the ICRC, with our partners the South Sudan Red Cross and Somalia Red Crescent, is doing to help.

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