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  • Central African Republic: Renewed violence in capital and throughout the country

    Although security had apparently been improving in Bangui, fighting between international forces and armed men erupted in the Kilometre 5 district of the capital on 19 and 20 August. Among the many casualties was a Central African Red Cross driver and first-aid worker who was shot and killed while evacuating casualties.

    01-09-2014 Operational Update

  • Jordan: ICRC president discusses regional humanitarian challenges

    Geneva/Amman (ICRC) – Peter Maurer, the president of the ICRC, today completed a two-day visit to Jordan. He met with Prince El Hassan Bin Talal and with Abdullah Ensour, the prime minister, and Nasser Judeh, the minister of foreign affairs and expatriate affairs. This was Mr Maurer’s first visit to Jordan since assuming office in August 2012.

    01-09-2014 News Release

  • Health Care in Danger Newsletter - August 2014

    More needs to be done to protect health-care workers" says Pascal Hundt, Head of the Assistance Division at ICRC. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles, news about the project, a field case study and a discussion between health care experts.

    29-08-2014 Field Newsletter

  • Ukraine: Lugansk population in dire need

    We are doing everything possible to boost our operations in Lugansk and other parts of eastern Ukraine. However, intermittent shelling of residential areas is putting the civilian population in danger and limiting our ability to assess needs.

    29-08-2014 Miscellaneous

  • The Scarf of Hope for families of the missing

    The one-kilometre-long Scarf of Hope, commemorating missing persons in Peru, has for the first time been brought to Europe. Displayed wrapped around the ICRC headquarters building in Geneva, it marks the International Day of the Disappeared celebrated each year on 30 August. It stands as a vibrant and original symbol of hope for the thousands of people that disappeared in Peru between 1980 and 2000 and whose mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, daughters and sons still do not know what happened to them.

    29-08-2014 Miscellaneous

  • Iraq: Escaping unprecedented levels of horror

    Since the outbreak of fighting in Al-Anbar region last December, the humanitarian situation in west and north Iraq has become extremely bad, particularly for displaced people. Minorities in particular have suffered additional displacement in Ninawa, particularly in Sinjar, and tens of thousands of people have flooded into the cities of Dohuk, Khanik and Sharia.

    28-08-2014 Feature

  • Missing persons: Who are they?

    28-08-2014 Feature

  • Living with absence: Helping the families of the missing

    Many people go missing as a result of conflict, natural and man-made disasters, other humanitarian crises, and migration. Disappearance, dreadful enough for the individuals concerned, means anguish for their families, left in limbo over their loved one’s fate. As if their pain was not enough, family members of the missing are often plunged into economic and social hardship.

    28-08-2014 Publication

  • Lebanon: Tension mounts in Arsal

    In the region of Arsal Syrian refugees outnumber the local population. Now, fighting has broken out between there the Lebanese armed forces and Syrian opposition groups. Fabrizzio Carboni heads the ICRC's In the region of Arsal, a town in north-east Lebanon on the border with Syria, Syrian refugees outnumber the local population. Now, fighting has broken out between the Lebanese armed forces and Syrian opposition groups. Fabrizzio Carboni heads the ICRC's Lebanon delegation explains how this is affecting civilians and what the ICRC and the Lebanese Red Cross are doing to help them.Lebanon delegation explains how this is affecting civilians and what the ICRC and the Lebanese Red Cross are doing to help them.

    28-08-2014 Interview

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  • Jordan: More Syrian refugees seeking shelter

    With no solution to the Syrian crisis in sight, people are still crossing into Jordan in search of a safe haven. Many are impoverished and struggle to meet their daily needs. The ICRC is providing them with food, water, basic health care and other aid.

    28-08-2014 Operational Update

  • Sudan: ICRC signs country agreement with government

    Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ICRC today signed a newly revised country agreement. The legal document formalizes relations between the Sudanese authorities and the ICRC, and will replace a previous agreement dating from 1984.

    28-08-2014 News Release

  • Philippines: ICRC president stresses need to resolve plight of Zamboanga displaced

    Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, concluded his first official visit to the Philippines today. During his three-day stay, Mr Maurer met with the Philippine president, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, and other high-level officials to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country, notably the challenges faced by the thousands of people who remain displaced in Zamboanga City.

    27-08-2014 News Release

  • Missing persons must not be forgotten

    In the run-up to the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, the ICRC is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing and the plight of their families.

    27-08-2014 News Release

  • Papua New Guinea: Families of missing persons must have answers

    The 1989-1997 civil war in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea left as many as 20,000 dead. The fate and whereabouts of many more remain unknown. This causes anguish and uncertainty for families and friends who are often unable to grieve.

    27-08-2014 Feature

  • More needs to be done to protect health-care workers

    As Dr Rudi Coninx of the World Health Organization (WHO) says in this newsletter: “It is not good enough to just say there’s a problem”. I agree; we need to take real action to protect health-care workers in the field.

    26-08-2014 Editorial

  • Health Care in Danger: News

    The Health Care in Danger project was a central topic at the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva. Under the same umbrella, other events and workshops took place over the last months.

    26-08-2014 Article

  • Health Care in Danger: New legal e-learning tool

    A new e-learning module provides a basic introduction to the laws governing health-care services in armed conflict.

    26-08-2014 Article

  • Spotlight on violence against health care in the International Review of the Red Cross

    The International Review of the Red Cross focuses on Health Care in Danger. Both volumes of the new edition address the issue of violence against health care through articles and case studies from the field.

    26-08-2014 Article

  • Health care one of the first casualties of the conflict

    The fighting between various armed groups, which has wrought havoc in the lives of people across the Central African Republic, has not spared the country’s health-care system. “Unfortunately, the hospital is facing enormous security problems,” explained Joél Nganafeï, chief of the emergency surgery unit at Bangui Community Hospital.

    26-08-2014 Article

  • Health Care in Danger: Ultimately, it is about patients

    In 2012, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) launched its Medical Care under Fire project. Françoise Duroch, the project manager, explains how MSF tackles the issue of violence against health care and why working with other organizations matters.

    26-08-2014 Article

  • Health Care in Danger: It's not good enough to just say there's a problem

    For the first time, the issue of health care in danger was presented to delegates at the 67th World Health Assembly. Dr Rudi Coninx, of the Department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Action at the World Health Organization (WHO), explains why it is so important to take action to keep health-care workers safe.

    26-08-2014 Article

  • Health Care in Danger: It's a matter of life and death

    26-08-2014 Article

  • Engaging with students and professors on sexual violence in armed conflicts

    How can universities help raise awareness of the issue of sexual violence in armed conflict? Based on its reference publication “How does law protect in war?”, the ICRC has designed a key tool to answer this question, in the form of a half-day workshop combining a film, presentations, group work and discussion.

    25-08-2014 Feature

  • South Sudan: Combating the spread of cholera

    Hand-in-hand with the South Sudan Red Cross, the ICRC is working to combat the spread of the disease in key locations, in particular those affected by recent violence. In this video we see how the South Sudan Red Cross in Lul and Kodok, in the Upper Nile State, are treating patients who have contracted cholera, and preventing spread of the disease by educating people about how to protect themselves.

    25-08-2014 Miscellaneous

  • Ukraine: Lugansk population in dire need

    Geneva / Kiev / Moscow (ICRC) – Staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report intermittent shelling of residential areas in Lugansk. This action endangers the lives of civilians, including humanitarian workers.

    23-08-2014 News Release