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  • South Sudan: Reaching millions affected by violence

    South Sudan marks its third anniversary in the shadow of violence which has left hundreds of thousands in urgent need of assistance. Around the country, the ICRC helps build the resilience of conflict-affected communities with livelihood support and by improving access to clean water. It is also working to reunite families separated by conflict and other situations of violence.

    11-07-2014 Photo gallery

  • Syria: Growing needs of families displaced to coastal cities

    In recent months, tens of thousands of people have fled fighting in Aleppo Governorate for the relative safety of the Mediterranean coast, where most live in temporary shelters. In June, working closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the ICRC has assisted over 450,000 people, including 160,000 displaced people in the coastal cities of Tartous and Lattakia.

    11-07-2014 Operational Update

  • Strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL): The work of the ICRC and the Swiss government.

    Insufficient respect for applicable rules is the principal cause of suffering during armed conflicts. The The ICRC and the Swiss government are currently undertaking a major consultation process on how to improve compliance with IHL by developing stronger international mechanisms.

    10-07-2014 Miscellaneous

  • Internship in the department of financial resources & logistics, dedicated to OSCAR project

    10-07-2014 Job Opportunity

  • Ethiopia: Becoming better acquainted with humanitarian law

    Twenty-six journalists from Tigray, in Mekelle, northernmost Ethiopia, enhanced their knowledge on international humanitarian law (IHL) through a two-day workshop organized jointly by the ICRC and Ethiopian Red Cross Society. The aim was to familiarize journalists with aspects of IHL covering armed conflicts.

    10-07-2014 Feature

  • Central African Republic: Continuing violence in Bambari and surrounding area

    Bambari and its surroundings have been rocked by violence, and the local population is being seriously affected. At the end of June, fighting injured or killed dozens of people. Thousands sought refuge near places of worship and international military posts. Since 7 July, there have been further outbreaks of violence, including an attack on a camp for displaced people. Once again, many have been killed or injured.

    10-07-2014 Operational Update

  • Israel / Occupied Territory: Civilians and medical workers pay price of conflict

    The ICRC calls on all sides to protect civilians and medical workers caught in the midst of the escalating conflict and outright the casualties and the damage caused at the Palestine Red Crescent branch in Jabaliya, northern Gaza on 9 July when a dozen staff and volunteers were wounded and three ambulances destroyed.

    10-07-2014 News Release

  • New acquisitions of the library

    This list presents the latest additions to the library’s collection of books and articles.

    09-07-2014 Miscellaneous

  • Philippines: After months of displacement in Zamboanga, communities long for home

    Months after fighting stopped in Zamboanga, southwest Philippines, a reported 40,000 people remain displaced from their homes, living in difficult conditions in overcrowded evacuation centres or hosted by relatives. The ICRC and Philippine Red Cross are working to improve access to health care, sanitation and water in the centres, and are helping people to restore their livelihoods.

    09-07-2014 Feature

  • Social Media Manager

    09-07-2014 Job Opportunity

  • Kenya: Making progress with national implementation of IHL

    The second regional seminar on national implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) took place in Naivasha, Kenya, from 17–19 June 2014. Jointly organized by the ICRC and the State Law Office of the Government of Kenya, it brought together 21 government representatives from seven African countries.

    09-07-2014 Feature

  • 150 years of humanitarian action: The Battle of Solferino

    On 24 June, 1859, Henry Dunant stumbled upon the horrific scenes of the Battle of Solferino. From that day on, he made it his life mission to assist and protect people in times of conflict and crisis. Historian François Bugnion brings you the story of the man who laid the foundation for international humanitarian law and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    09-07-2014 Interview

  • Saudi Arabia: ICRC president fosters greater humanitarian cooperation

    Peter Maurer, the president of the ICRC, has just completed a two-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He met with the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, and the Undersecretary of Interior, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Salem. This was President Maurer’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since assuming office in 2012.

    09-07-2014 News Release

  • Rwanda: 11 children reunited with their families

    Eleven Rwandan children have been repatriated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Rwanda, where they were reunited with their families. Scattered by the violence that has gripped the region for several years, the families were at last reunited thanks to the efforts of the ICRC to trace the children’s relatives. This hard work is paying off; 50 Rwandan children have now been reunited with their families since the beginning of the year.

    08-07-2014 News Release

  • United Kingdom: Conflict poses fundamental obstacle to safe health care, ICRC tells inquiry

    Receiving safe and effective treatment when we are unwell or injured is vital for our health. Yet in times of war and violence, even getting help for common ailments or chronic conditions, not to say severe wounds, can be impossible. The ICRC has told a House of Commons inquiry more must be done to protect millions left without life-saving help when violence erupts.

    08-07-2014 Feature

  • ICRC activities in Jordan in 2013

    An overview of ICRC activities in Jordan during 2013, published by the delegation in Amman.

    07-07-2014 Field Newsletter

  • Iraq: Hundreds of thousands displaced and in desperate need

    As the fighting between government forces and various armed groups continues, hundreds of thousands of people are on the move seeking safety. Hundreds are arriving daily at the A'liawah Centre in Khanaqin, Diyala province, where they receive food and assistance from the ICRC and other donors as Patrick Youssef, head of the ICRC delegation in Iraq, explains.

    07-07-2014 Feature

  • Ukraine: Hundreds of children in Krasnyi Lyman receive emergency aid

    Despite the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, ICRC staff have reached the city of Krasnyi Lyman in Donetsk region, where more than 5,000 displaced civilians who arrived last week are in need of assistance.

    07-07-2014 News Release

  • Facts and figures: The ICRC in Guinea

    04-07-2014 Facts and Figures

  • Syria and neighbouring countries: Water shortages add to woes

    Throughout the Middle East, people are suffering from water shortages. The rising violence of the past few years and record-low rainfall have made clean water increasingly difficult to come by – especially in Syria, where the shortfall in precipitation last winter is expected to hit many people very hard.

    04-07-2014 Operational Update

  • The Middle East water crisis and the Syria conflict

    Michael Talhami is the ICRC's water and habitat coordinator for North Africa and the Middle East. In this video, he explains the effect of the regional water crisis on the conflict in Syria.

    04-07-2014 Interview

  • Ethiopia: Helping South Sudanese refugees to survive

    The Ethiopia Red Cross Society, assisted by several partners in the RC/RC Movement, is responding to the urgent needs of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia.

    04-07-2014 Feature

  • Great Lakes: Universities take part in moot court competition

    Since the 1990s, the Great Lakes region has been the scene of multiple violations of international humanitarian law and human rights, including the murder of civilians (and even genocide), recruiting children as combatants, rape, looting and indiscriminate attacks. Universities are not giving students enough opportunity to research this topic – too few case studies have been inspired by the local situation. A non-governmental organization – Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights – in the region has started organizing an annual competition on international humanitarian law and human rights for university students from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

    04-07-2014 Feature

  • Philippines: Communities exhausted after months of displacement in Zamboanga

    Nine months after fighting stopped between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and government troops in Zamboanga, a reported 40,000 people remain displaced from their homes, living in difficult conditions in overcrowded evacuation centres or hosted by relatives and largely dependent on humanitarian assistance.

    03-07-2014 News Release

  • Afghanistan: Improving health care in prisons

    In Kandahar’s overcrowded Sarposa prison, addressing the medical concerns of inmates is a daily challenge. But thanks to the services being offered in a small, blue-and-cream painted clinic in the prison compound, the health status of the prison population is now stable.

    03-07-2014 Feature

  • Philippines: Features of displacement

    More than nine months after the end of the fighting between the Moro National Liberation Front and the Philippines government, over 40,000 people are still living in evacuation centres in Zamboanga.

    03-07-2014 Photo gallery

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    03-07-2014 Job Opportunity

  • Lebanon: Lebanese citizens repatriated from Israel under ICRC auspices

    The ICRC today facilitated the repatriation from Israel of three Lebanese citizens.

    03-07-2014 News Release

  • Health Care in Danger in the Central African Republic

    Upon his return from a field mission to Central African Republic, an adviser to the ICRC's Health Care in Danger Project shares his impressions and explains how the ICRC is working to improve people's access to health care.

    02-07-2014 Miscellaneous

  • ICRC condemns murder of 17-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) firmly condemns the murder today of 17-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem. The announcement of his death comes at a time of escalating tension in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, with clashes resulting in dozens of injuries today.

    02-07-2014 News Release