2013 in review: ICRC New Delhi maintained activities to meet humanitarian needs


Throughout the year, the situation in many of the diverse contexts in which the ICRC worked starkly illustrated the complexity of the humanitarian landscape — the often disastrous human cost of violence, compounded by natural disasters and underlying socio-economic crises, and the difficulties faced by humanitarian organizations in addressing the multiple needs of the people affected. Overcoming these challenges, the ICRC globally continued its activities.

The ICRC in cooperation with the Centre for Empowerment and Initiatives provided wheelchairs to persons with disabilities in Noida (UP) in Noida (UP). © ICRC/D. Singh

In India, the Regional Delegation in New Delhi maintained its activities in 2013 as per its mandate. Of the numerous activities undertaken to meet humanitarian needs, the following actions reflect the biggest highlights of the New Delhi delegation from the year gone by:

  • While detainees held in relation to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, India, continued to receive ICRC visits, prison and health authorities there discussed steps on improving healthcare for inmates
  • A limited number of violence-affected communities in Chhattisgarh, India, benefited from ICRC healthcare services and water improvement projects, which ended in June 2013 at the government’s request
  • Various academic and legal institutions and other organizations worked with the ICRC to raise awareness of humanitarian issues and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) among members of the civil society and government representatives throughout the region
  • At a workshop co-organized by the Indian Armed Forces, senior military officers discussed the need to ensure unhindered delivery of healthcare services to violence-affected populations
  • The Maldivian Red Crescent Society (MRCS), with volunteers trained in the Safer Access Framework and equipped with first-aid kits, stood ready to provide medical assistance during tensions in the run-up to the election in 2013
  • In the flood-affected state of Uttarakhand, the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) used 1,500 ICRC-donated body bags to collect and identify human remains
  • Over 680 refugees in India, lacking the necessary identification papers, were resettled in third countries using travel documents issued by the ICRC in coordination with UNHCR
  • Over 100 detainees in India maintained contact with their relatives through ICRC-facilitated family visits. In Bhutan, 20 inmates were visited by relatives from refugee camps in Nepal
  • During the Regional Senior Editors Conference co-organized by Jamia Milia Islamia University, over 20 senior editors from South and Southeast Asia shared best practices, particularly on tackling the difficulties of reporting on conflict and violence
  • Military officers enhanced their knowledge of IHL through ICRC dissemination sessions and over 1,400 paramilitary and police officers learnt more about basic human rights and international standards on the use of force and firearms.


Top seven ICRC operations worldwide

A snapshot of the top seven operations of the ICRC in 2013:

  • Syria: Ensured clean water was available for 17 million people
  • Afghanistan: Assisted more than 94,000 patients in seven physical rehabilitation centres
  • Mali: Distributed nearly 28,000 tonnes of food to over 885,600 people
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Helped more than 1,000 children rejoin their families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or abroad
  • Somalia: Distributed emergency food rations among 260,000 people and helped 2,600 people receive vocational training
  • Iraq: Visited almost 40,000 people held in over 70 places of detention in Iraq
  • South Sudan: Performed operations on around 1,400 patients in eight medical facilities across the country