Launch of the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award for photojournalists

Launch of the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award for photojournalists

Created in 2011 and endowed with 8,000 euros, the « ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’or Award » is awarded each year to a professional photojournalist who has covered a humanitarian issue related to an armed conflict. The theme of this year’s photo contest is urban war and the consequences for people forced to hide or flee. Candidates for the 2018 edition of the Visa d’Or Humanitaire can send their work until June 11, 2018.

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Ten Photos that Moved Us in 2017

Ten Photos that Moved Us in 2017

In more than 80 countries, ICRC works in some of the most remote and war-torn countries in the world, working to help the most vulnerable populations affected by conflict. Our colleagues over in Geneva put together a beautiful and heartbreaking photo gallery from some of the contexts in which we work. From Afghanistan and Niger to Honduras and Myanmar, check out ICRC.org for the ten photos that moved us in 2017. 

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No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

The ICRC has launched a new interactive website – missingmigrants.icrc.org – featuring the stories and photos behind the humanitarian tragedies of those who go missing along migration routes. Their journeys are long and dangerous; across the Mediterranean, the Maghreb, the Central American corridor. People fleeing violence and scarcity, migrating to stay alive just one more day. These stories are just one part of this global issue: they are the stories of those who left to find a better life, but never arrived. Check out the site here.

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Through the Eyes of Children: Buzzfeed Features ICRC Photography Project in Nigeria

Through the Eyes of Children: Buzzfeed Features ICRC Photography Project in Nigeria

Life in the creekside community of Prison Waterfront, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, can be as difficult as its name alludes. Here, children grow up amid a tangle of shanty homes with little to no access to basic human necessities such as clean drinking water and sewage systems. Living among widespread litter, human waste, and nearby oil slicks means living off the land simply isn't an option here. To better understand the livelihoods of its residents, the International Committee of the Red Cross handed out disposable cameras to 26 youngsters in Prison Waterfront, asking them to document their daily lives in an effort to better comprehend their living situations.

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The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

Foreign Policy Magazine featured an article written by Alexandre Faite, ICRC's head of delegation in Sanaa, Yemen. The piece is accompanied by haunting images by ICRC's Ralph El Hage and reflects the utter chaos that the health care infrastructure and system have become after two years of urban conflict. 

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The Power of Humanity & Innovative Thinking

The Power of Humanity & Innovative Thinking

On Monday, May 8th, one of the ICRC's longest-serving delegates is coming to the U.S. to help launch the ICRC Collaborative Platform in partnership with Swissnex Boston.  Alberto Cairo, who runs the ICRC's rehabilitative orthopaedic program in Afghanistan, has helped more than 150,000 disabled people learn to walk again. In this photo gallery, a glimpse into the help and hope the ICRC strives to bring to the people of Afghanistan.

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Call for Entries: 7th edition of the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or

Call for Entries: 7th edition of the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or

Every year since 2011, the ICRC has awarded the  Humanitarian Visa d'Or is given out each year by the ICRC's delegation in Paris to a professional photojournalist who highlights, through their reporting, issues women face in war, including sexual violence, as well as detention and the separation of families. The 2017 award will be officially presented in the southern French town of Perpignan in September during the Visa pour l'image festivalThe call for entries is now officially opened and will remain so until June 1, 2017. To download the registration form, click here

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Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Cross-Files is the ICRC Library and Archives - including audiovisual archives - official blog. Its purpose is to highlight and bring out specific items or collections as a whole. We encourage researcher to explore ICRC History, IHL and humanitarian action through these collections and we provide tools to support this exploration.

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ICRC Day of Remembrance Honors Those who have Died in Line of Duty

ICRC Day of Remembrance Honors Those who have Died in Line of Duty

At 4 a.m. on December 17, 1996, a group of armed men murdered six ICRC colleagues at the ICRC field hospital in Novye Atagi, Chechnya, as they slept in their quarters. Twenty years later, we remember and honor all of those who have died in the line of duty. Today in Geneva, a “March of Remembrance” took place, starting in front of the United Nations and ending at ICRC Headquarters. Families of ICRC staff killed in the line of duty, current and former ICRC staff, and other representatives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement took part. A photo exhibition “Ray of Hope – A Story of Commitment” is also being displayed in Geneva as a tribute to the ICRC staff who have lost their lives, illustrating the depth of their commitment to aiding victims of war around the world. Select images from "Ray of Hope" are shown here. 

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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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#ICYMI Friday Round Up: Photography & Armed Conflict Sept. 2, 2016

#ICYMI Friday Round Up: Photography & Armed Conflict Sept. 2, 2016

Our Friday round up of interesting stuff is back! This week, we take a deep dive into the world of war photography. Meet the amazing photojournalist that was awarded the ICRC's Visa d'Or prize this week for his work in Colombia and take a tour of some fascinating stories about the people who put their lives on the line to bear witness to armed conflict and violence. Warning: Some of the content is disturbing.

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Photo Slideshow: Families of the Missing

Photo Slideshow: Families of the Missing

People affected by armed conflict or other violence have many needs--food, shelter, access to clean water and healthcare. But one need that is often overlooked is the need to know their family is okay. When people disappear in connection with armed conflict or other violence, their relatives endure terrible suffering as they struggle to find out what happened. The ICRC works with families of the missing to help determine the fate of their loved one and reconnect separated family members when possible. 

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Capturing Absence: Photographing Families of the Missing in Ukraine

Capturing Absence: Photographing Families of the Missing in Ukraine

August 30 marks the International Day of the Disappeared. In war, both civilians and combatants go missing, leaving behind anguish and uncertainty for their loved ones. International humanitarian law and human rights law require parties to a conflict to take measures to ensure that people do not go missing in an armed conflict and if they do, that all possible measures are taken so that their fate is known and their families informed.  Through its Restoring Family Links program, the ICRC works to help reconnect these families.

In Ukraine, hundreds remain unaccounted for following the conflict that began in late 2013. Brendan Hoffman, an American documentary photographer based in Kiev, recently spent time with family members of those missing in Ukraine and spoke to Intercross about his experience and why he is compelled to photograph this often vastly unacknowledged and under-reported tragedy.

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From Resort to Refugee Camp: The Harsh Reality of War

From Resort to Refugee Camp: The Harsh Reality of War

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."

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5 Years After Revolution in Libya, Fighting Rages On: Portraits of Four Brave Men

5 Years After Revolution in Libya, Fighting Rages On: Portraits of Four Brave Men

Five years since the revolution in Libya the bullets are still flying. The situation is getting worse as fighting intensifies, pushing people out of their homes. These are portraits of four courageous Libyan men trying to feed their families and keep them safe, as conflict rages all around them.

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