In an urbanizing world, armed violence has been urbanizing too. Tens of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people live in increasingly unsafe and impoverished conditions because of armed conflict that dominates the urban spaces in which they live.
The destructive force of urban violence on people's lives and livelihoods – and the suffering it causes is a major concern of the ICRC in many contexts in which it works around the world.
A boy stands among ruins caused by the fighting.
Public potable water taps.
Clearing the rubble from the ruins of a residential building destroyed in the fighting.
Southern Gaza Strip, Rafah City
Palestinian children playing on the top of rubbles of a house destroyed during the armed conflict
After the death of a friend and the displacement of others, a girl plays alone inside a destroyed tank.
A large scale destruction of infrastructure is one of the many harsh realities of Syria's armed conflict.
View from a destroyed city.
Kids playing in ruined buildings in the outskirts of Aleppo.
Children play surrounded by buildings destroyed by the conflict.
Widespread damage to infrastructure hinders the authorities' ability to provide basic services, such as rubbish collection and water and electricity supplies. In Aleppo, the build-up of waste is a serious health risk.
Intercross is the blog of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Washington D.C.. It is a place for timely news, commentary on armed conflict and violence, humanitarian action, and the rules of war.