In 2013, the Red Cross launched an online tool called Trace the Face, which aims to help people find relatives who have disappeared along the migration roads to Europe. Trace the Face allows people trying to find their families to upload a photo of themselves to increase the chances of being recognized. In this video, a Senegalese mother looking for her son and an Eritrean woman in Switzerland looking for her brother explain why they used Trace the Face. An Afghan in Germany tells how he found his family thanks to Trace The Face. For more information, visit tracetheface.org.Read More
Two years on from the start of the conflict, and despite over a year having passed since an official ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk, worsening violence in eastern Ukraine is bringing continued hardship for people living close to the front line.Read More
This week marks the meeting of the 42nd session of the working group on persons unaccounted for in connection with events in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999. Officials from Belgrade and Pristina discussed further steps to be taken to clarify what happened to 1666 people who are still missing from that time.
Under international humanitarian law, the families have the right to know what happened to their missing relatives. They have been waiting for 17 long years.Read More
As hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants pass through several European countries, often very rapidly, the Red Cross Societies have deployed staff and volunteers to border crossings, railway stations and other locations where migrants and refugees pass through or are accommodated.Read More
Earlier today at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London, nations pledged to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians, 6 million of which are displaced within Syria and another 4 million refugees that are in other countries. Included in the pledges was a $601 million boost in humanitarian assistance from the United States, including $32 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).Read More
The conflict in Syria has created one of the most daunting humanitarian crises in decades, generating needs across the region that are beyond description. As was widely reported in the media this week, the resulting refugee crisis stretches well beyond the Middle East, with European nations, in particular, struggling to cope with the influx of tens of thousands of desperate and vulnerable children, women, and men. Learn how the Red Cross & Red Crescent is responding.Read More
Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deploying additional staff to Russia and Ukraine and scaling up logistics arrangements in readiness for the delivery of aid to conflict-hit eastern Ukraine.
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 theaid convoy that left Moscow for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. He says we still need security guarantees and direct contact with all parties.Read More
Geneva/Moscow/Kiev (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about spiralling violence in Ukraine, and about the lack of respect for medical and humanitarian work and for those carrying it out.Read More