South Sudan: The crisis demands more attention

South Sudan: The crisis demands more attention

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. 

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Humanitarian situation worsens in Nigeria & neighboring countries as thousands flee violence

Humanitarian situation worsens in Nigeria & neighboring countries as thousands flee violence

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.

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Commentary: A photojournalist's respect for the dying

Commentary: A photojournalist's respect for the dying

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. 

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The latest from the ICRC on Ukraine, Iraq and East Africa

The latest from the ICRC on Ukraine, Iraq and East Africa

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.

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From Uganda and the DRC: a story of hope, restored

From Uganda and the DRC: a story of hope, restored

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. 

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ICRC appeals for end to CAR's intercommunal violence

ICRC appeals for end to CAR's intercommunal violence

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.

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Desperation in South Sudan

Desperation in South Sudan

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.

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Mali, fragile after 16 months of armed conflict

Mali, fragile after 16 months of armed conflict

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.

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In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago

In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago

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.

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