ICRC DC’s Trevor Keck just got back from nearly a month in South Sudan, where he witnessed first-hand the suffering of people caught up in continued fighting that has been going on for 18 months. At the end of his visit, Trevor sat down with the head of the ICRC’s delegation in Juba, Franz Rauchenstein, to discuss South Sudan’s largely forgotten humanitarian crisis.Read More
The ICRC's head of operations for North and West Africa, Yasmine Praz Dessimoz, is in Washington D.C. this week for talks with officials about the worrying humanitarian situation in Nigeria and neighboring countries. Here's an update on the ICRC's concerns and what we're doing to address the increasing needs of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence in the region.
Violence in Nigeria is not only claiming lives and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes in the country itself; it is spilling over into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, where the humanitarian situation is also deteriorating. Across the Lake Chad region, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing displaced people with food and household essentials and helping medical facilities to cope with the influx of casualties.Read More
December 15 marks one year since the beginning of the current crisis in the world’s newest nation.
Millions of South Sudanese have been affected by the ongoing conflict. Over the past year, hundreds of thousands of people have been internally displaced or fled to neighboring countries.Read More
Here on Intercross, we regularly feature articles about law, policy, and operations. We also do a number of historical or "memory" pieces per year. But this week, we're switching gears a bit and focusing on a new topic: compassion - a synonym of humanity and a core component of humanitarian action. Inspired by a piece in this past weekend's Washington Post, IntercrossEditor, Anna Nelson, reflects on what it means to document the dying with dignity.Read More
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
Tripoli/Geneva (ICRC) – The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of its staff member Michael Greub. The 42-year-old Swiss national, head of the organization's Misrata sub-delegation, was killed by armed men around midday today in the city of Sirte.Read More
Last month, 19 Congolese children, separated from their families by fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and living in a Ugandan refugee camp for the past two years, were successfully reunited with their loved ones, thanks to support from the ICRC and the Uganda Red Cross Society.Read More
Geneva / Bangui (ICRC) – Fresh intercommunal violence has flared in western and north-western parts of the Central African Republic. Since Friday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Central African Red Cross Society have been administering first aid and have taken 25 seriously injured people to hospital in the capital, Bangui.Read More
Operational update (01/01/2014) -- Tens of thousands of people fearing for their lives have fled violence in Jonglei state. They are crossing the Nile River and seeking refuge in Awerial county, in the centre of South Sudan. The need for humanitarian aid is acute, as more people arrive daily. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the South Sudan Red Cross today began a major aid distribution to meet immediate food, shelter and other needs.Read More
South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, yet it is hardly ever heard of – except when there is a dramatic peak in inter-communal violence or when fighting breaks out between armed groups and government forces, according to Melker Mabeck, the head of the ICRC’s delegation in Juba.Read More
People are suffering the effects of intercommunal violence over natural resources and land in Darfur, and of occasional fighting between government forces and armed opposition groups. So far this year, the ICRC has helped over a million people.Read More
Today, we examine the situation in the Central African Republic, where a recent wave of inter-communal violence and extreme brutality has compounded the suffering of many civilians caught up in the country's 10-month-old – and largely ignored – humanitarian crisis.Read More
Following new outbreaks of intercommunal violence, the ICRC has deployed a third surgical team in Dorein, south of Pibor town, in addition to the teams stationed in Bor and Malakal hospitals. Since 14 July, ICRC surgeons have operated on 93 wounded.Read More
Head of regional ICRC delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti explains why and how Mali has become one of our largest operations in recent months. He describes the instability prevailing in the country's north, severe food and water shortages and displaced populations fearing to return to their homes due to clashes, suicide attacks and growing criminality.Read More
Sadly, we have been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 35 years and while the geography and dynamics of the conflict might have changed, the same fundamental problem - disrespect of the basic principles of IHL by parties - persists.Read More