ICRC President Peter Maurer calls Bangladesh-Myanmar Crises "Lose-Lose Situation for People"

ICRC President Peter Maurer calls Bangladesh-Myanmar Crises "Lose-Lose Situation for People"

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.

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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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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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PRI's The World Interviews ICRC's Outgoing Head of Delegation in Yemen Alexandre Faite

PRI's The World Interviews ICRC's Outgoing Head of Delegation in Yemen Alexandre Faite

Alexandre Faite, a Belgian who's been in charge of the International Committee of the Red Cross operations in Yemen for the past two years of its intractable conflict, that has included not only war injuries but massive hunger and a cholera epidemic that infected a million people, tells The World's Marco Werman, that despite all of this, he's sad to be leaving Yemen. Listen to the full interview below. 

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ICRC Featured in Buzzfeed: Norwegian Moms Are Knitting Scarves For Sick Afghan Babies And It Is So Pure

ICRC Featured in Buzzfeed: Norwegian Moms Are Knitting Scarves For Sick Afghan Babies And It Is So Pure

Buzzfeed recently featured ICRC's Thomas Glass in an article about infants in the Mirwais Hospital in Afghanistan. Glass had taken a photograph of a small baby in a incubator in the hospital back in November 2016 when he noticed her unusual pink sweater. He asked a nurse about it.  She told him that one of her friends in Norway had knitted it, and that whenever she came back to Kandahar she would bring small knitwear for the newborns. And thus an idea was born.  To see the adorable results, check out the full article on Buzzfeed. 

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ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to Devex in Two Part Interview

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to Devex in Two Part Interview

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord recently spoke to Devex in a two part interview. He discusses how the the international humanitarian system can look at respond to the new face of crisis — in which people displaced by conflict are likely to remain away from home for years as well as humanitarian access to vulnerable people, the situation in Syria and the future of humanitarian relief. Read part one of the interview, Red Cross chief: 'Our job is always to push the limits of the possible', here and part two, Red Cross chief: Humanitarian groups must 'rethink totally our people management', here

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On Seven Year Anniversary of Syrian War, ICRC President Peter Maurer Visits: Starkest Scenes of Utter Destruction

On Seven Year Anniversary of Syrian War, ICRC President Peter Maurer Visits: Starkest Scenes of Utter Destruction

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, was inside Eastern Ghouta today (March 15) to see the conditions people are facing:“Over the last couple of hours, I could talk to many people here in order to have an impression what the difficulties are for the people living here encircled and in need of almost everything - medicine first and foremost but everything which is necessary for the day to day life.”

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Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. (We over here at Intercross personally feel we should do this every single day, but there you are.) So just for our listeners, we've rounded up all of our podcast interviews that feature the incredible work and challenges facing women humanitarians, lawyers and otherwise brillant minds. From Juba, South Sudan to Boston, Massachusetts, cheers to the fabulous women we've had the priviledge of speaking to over the past year+!

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When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) unveiled “Enter the Room” – an augmented reality experience for iOS app users.  The app was designed by the digital innovation agency Nedd using Apple ARKit technology and is free to download from the App Store.

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Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

 Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

In recent weeks, the situation for the tens of thousands of people living in Eastern Ghouta has reached a breaking point. Following a spike in hostilities in November, families have been living under near-constant shelling. Many have resorted to hiding in shelters underground in a desperate attempt to stay alive - with little food to sustain them. Today's joint 46-truck convoy with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations will hopefully provide some relief. Aid includes food parcels, flour, and medical supplies for 27,500 people. Read more about the situation in Eastern Ghouta on ICRC's website

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

Rhetoric that “dehumanizes” and “demonizes” the enemy or suggests that a particular adversary is “outside the bounds of humanity” and can be treated “as if humanitarian law doesn’t apply” is highly concerning, ICRC’s Deputy Director for the Middle East Patrick Hamilton told reporters this week. Hamilton was speaking at a news conference on the issue of foreign fighters and their families leaving Iraq and Syria. Such language, which could appear to justify war crimes or illegal treatment of detainees, has become more common on all sides of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the discussion around foreign fighters, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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