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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Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC’s Jess Markt, an American who coaches wheelchair basketball in war zones. At age 19, he suffered a spinal cord injury in college. Twenty one years later, he is bringing his experience and story to help others as ICRC’s first-ever Disability, Sport and Inclusion Advisor. In this conversation, we discuss his personal triumph over adversity  and how he brings that experience to the disabled in some of the world’s most dangerous contexts. From Afghanistan to South Sudan and Cambodia, Jess is using sport to help the disabled see themselves in a different light, and witnessing some radical societal transformations along the way. We talk about diversity, what that term really means, and how he’s using his role at ICRC to change the way that people, and humanitarian organizations, think about what it means to fully integrate diversity into their work. Hosted by Anna Nelson and Sara Owens.

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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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#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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June 26 Livestream Event: War in Cities - An African Perspective

June 26 Livestream Event: War in Cities - An African Perspective

As part of its Conference Cycle on War in cities, the ICRC in Kigali is convening a regional panel of experts focusing on East Africa. This public conference will take stock of past urban armed conflicts, reflect on their drivers and humanitarian implications and explore operational and policy responses adapted to the needs of people affected by such conflicts.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Drought in Somalia February 24, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Drought in Somalia February 24, 2017

While droughts are cyclical in Somalia, last year’s failed rains have exacerbated this year’s conditions, devastating communities dependent on them for their livestock and livelihood. To help those most affected, the ICRC and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) are currently distributing food to 140,000 drought-affected people, with hopes to reach an additional 10,0000 with cash and other essential items in coming days. The situation is so dire that Sared Haji Jaama, a mother living in a Somali displacement camp responded to a question about conditions, she said "I simply have no words for this drought." For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the drought in Somalia as portrayed by the media and online outlets.

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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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Photo Gallery: Life Beyond the Violence in North-East Nigeria

Photo Gallery: Life Beyond the Violence in North-East Nigeria

The armed conflict in north-east Nigeria has generated a massive humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region. Communities have been torn apart and hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything. Today, an estimated seven million people are in need of assistance in the region.

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Libya: Struggle to survive as services collapse

Libya: Struggle to survive as services collapse

With no end in sight to the fighting in Libya, people are losing hope of ever returning to normal life. Many regions face regular power cuts, water cuts and fuel shortages, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain health care. Crime and kidnapping are on the rise and people live in constant fear of the shelling and other attacks that continue to hit residential areas and health facilities, leaving many dead or wounded.

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Burundi: Concerned at escalating violence, ICRC calls for restraint

Burundi: Concerned at escalating violence, ICRC calls for restraint

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the violence in Burundi. It calls on all parties to exercise restraint, safeguard the civilian population and allow everyone wishing to leave the affected areas to do so. The ICRC asks that victims, regardless of their affiliation, be allowed to get the help they need, especially health care.

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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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