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.Read More
Today marks the beginning of 5 years of hostilities in Syria, a once modern and vibrant country that has been ripped apart by conflict. In February, photographer Jerome Sessini travelled to Syria to document the devastating toll of five years of fighting. His photos, featured in this post, were captured during his time in Homs, giving us a glimpse into the everyday life of a ghost-like town.Read More
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently launched an online database to give the public direct access to 153 years of the organization's audiovisual history. Thousands of photos, videos and audio recordings belonging to the ICRC and documenting the organization's past and present are now open to the public.Read More
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact of increasingly intense fighting in the city of Taiz, where there has been indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas and essential supplies are being blocked from entering the city.Read More
Today marks the 86th anniversary of the adoption of the Red Crescent as an official symbol of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on July 27, 1929. Both emblems have served as a symbol of humanitarian assistance for more than a century, and were later joined by a third emblem, a red crystal, in 2005. Here's a brief history of the emblems.Read More
August 22nd commemorated the 150th anniversary of the first Geneva Convention, marking the birth of international humanitarian law as we know it today. It has since evolved through a number of stages and increased in scope, but violations are still commonplace, leaving countless victims of armed conflictRead More
Wounded, brutalized, jailed, abducted, raped, killed, recruited to fight, deprived of food, water and shelter, orphaned or separated from their families – in wartime children have always been among the most vulnerable victims, despite their strength and their astonishing ability to adapt.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
"Nota bene" (Latin for "note well" or "take note") is our weekly round-up of noteworthy stuff.
For the uninitiated, each week, we take a look at the news from a humanitarian perspective on armed conflict, human suffering, and emergencies (with some hope thrown in for good measure!).
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!).
This week, we mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the original Geneva Convention (for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field). Signed on August 22, 1864, it was the founding text for contemporary international humanitarian law (IHL) - a body of legislation that now includes more than 100 texts and treaties.
As the one-time director of the ICRC, Jean Pictet, wrote in the American Journal of International Law back in 1951, "international law has gradually extended its protection to fresh categories of war victims, as the technique of warfare was perfected." He added, "As the evils of war involved greater masses of people, so did the humanitarian effort address itself to an ever-increasing number." Through this photo gallery, we step back in time to see how the rules of war, along with several important international conventions, protocols, and treaties have been adopted and adapted over the past 150 years to meet modern-day humanitarian challenges - from protecting children to banning the use of cluster munitions.
Later in the week, we'll feature a new film, aimed at general audiences, that does a great job of explaining why even wars have limits. On Friday, we'll also feature an op-ed jointly signed by the ICRC's president, Peter Maurer, and the president of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, calling for greater respect for IHL. And we'll show you the ICRC's new online platform for its digitized "Prisoners of the First World War Archives," which enables members of the public to search for the records of relatives who were captured during the "Great War".
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
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