In Conversation With: A Video Interview with Patrick Youssef, Outgoing Head of Delegation in Iraq

In Conversation With: A Video Interview with Patrick Youssef, Outgoing Head of Delegation in Iraq

In the newest edition of our In Conversation series, we interview the outgoing ICRC Head of Delegation in Iraq, Patrick Youssef, about how the country has changed during his time there, his experience working with non-state armed groups, and what drives him as a person to do this work.

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Syria: Collective kitchens provide food for impoverished and vulnerable people

Syria: Collective kitchens provide food for impoverished and vulnerable people

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the ICRC, in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), have been distributing food parcels to millions of people in need. Many of those who receive the relief aid find it hard to prepare cooked meals for want of fuel and other lack of money.

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ICRC and the Language Factor: Who Does the Talking?

ICRC and the Language Factor: Who Does the Talking?

Currently ICRC has need for interpreters in 20 different languages from around the world.  As part of the recruitment process, one of ICRC's delegates will be coming to Washington, DC on September 3rd to recruit at the East Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteer careers fair. Within the NGO sector, the Peace Corps is renowned for its pre-mission training in the language and culture of the countries where its volunteers are posted. Its volunteers are also known for their resilience, flexibility and can-do attitude; all essential qualities for the ICRC.

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ICRC's Helen Durham Speaks at TEDx

ICRC's Helen Durham Speaks at TEDx

In her years as an international human rights lawyer, Helen Durham has learnt that even in the worst conflicts, basic human values can prevail. In this passionate talk, Dr Durham argues that even wars must have limits. Australian born and raised, Dr Helen Durham is the first woman to head International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Redefining humanitarianism: a video interview with ICRC President, Peter Maurer

Redefining humanitarianism: a video interview with ICRC President, Peter Maurer

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, was in Washington DC recently for talks with officials on a range of topics, including the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, theunfolding crisis in Yemen, and the ICRC’s ongoing humanitarian concerns in places like Syria, Iraq,Ukraine, South Sudan, andNigeria. 

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In Conversation With: A Video Interview with the ICRC's Director for International Law & Policy

In Conversation With: A Video Interview with the ICRC's Director for International Law & Policy

Intercross' Editor, Anna Nelson, recently sat down in DC for a discussion with the ICRC's Director for International Law and Policy, Helen Durham. They talk about a range of issues - from setting a longterm humanitarian agenda in a fast-changing world, to whether the Geneva Conventions are still relevant despite the challenges of modern-day warfare.

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Video: Syria - Four years of conflict and human suffering

Video: Syria - Four years of conflict and human suffering

Almost four years have gone by since armed conflict broke out in Syria.

It’s estimated that more than six million Syrians are now living in besieged areas or are internally displaced. That’s almost a third of the country’s pre-war population. 

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Nota bene: our weekly round-up of noteworthy stuff

Nota bene: our weekly round-up of noteworthy stuff

After a bit of a hiatus, our weekly list of noteworthy articles and online content is back with a new name: "Nota bene" (Latin for "note well" or "take note").
For the uninitiated, this round-up takes a look at the news from a humanitarian perspective on armed conflict, human suffering, and emergencies (with some hope thrown in for good measure!).

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States must do more to stem "new & frightening trend" of attacks against health care

States must do more to stem "new & frightening trend" of attacks against health care

Health workers are under attack as never before and it's high time that States take concrete action to ensure that patients and health care personnel, facilities, and vehicles are respected and protected. That was the conclusion of a high-level panel, which took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

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SWIRMO: Military Chiefs From Around the World Seek Greater Respect for Law of War

SWIRMO: Military Chiefs From Around the World Seek Greater Respect for Law of War

This week, the People's Liberation Army and the ICRC are co-hosting senior operational officers from 57 countries across the globe for the week-long Senior Workshop on International Rules governing Military Operations (SWIRMO) in Xi'an, China. The workshop will highlight the importance of translating international humanitarian and human rights law into the operational practice of armed forces.

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Q&A: Central America declares itself cluster munition-free

Q&A: Central America declares itself cluster munition-free

On Friday, Central America became the first region in the world to be free of cluster munitions, after Belize joined theInternational Convention on Cluster Munitions. Speaking at the start of the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention in San Jose on Tuesday, Costa Rican President, Luis Guillermo Solis, said that as a region that has seen its fair share of armed conflicts, it was important for Central America to “send a clear message” about its commitment to peace and development.

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