Volunteers inside some Mexican prisons not only save lives, they leave a ripple effect of compassion for others.
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A Honduran Red Cross project in Marcala is creating a source of sustainable income that supports small, local coffee producers.
Nearly a year after the arrival of Hurricane Celia in Chiquimula, Guatemala, residents of the affected communities acknowledge the help of Guatemalan Red Cross volunteers who respond to rising floods within hours.
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It’s the stuff of science fiction: machines that make decisions about who and when to kill. Referred to as “autonomous weapons”, they’re already in use to some degree. But as more sophisticated systems are being developed we wanted to an expert in the field about whether such systems comply with international humanitarian law and what it means for humanity to give machines the power over human life and death.
In this episode, we talk with humanitarian communicator Kathy Mueller who produced our first magazine podcast series, The Wildfire Diaries, about massive wildfires in Northern Canada in 2017. We talk about that series, her many international missions, and the big changes in humanitarian communications since she began with the Canadian Red Cross almost 20 years ago.
In this episode, we talk about the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. “Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of human communication,” says our guest Prodip, a volunteer and multi-media storyteller for the Bangladesh Red Crescent. “It inspires us to be a hero of our own community.” We also speak with one such community hero, Dalal al-Taji, a longtime volunteer and advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities in emergencies response. “In disasters. persons with disabilities sometimes get forgotten.”
In Argentina, mobile humanitarian service points not only bring critical services such as first aid, water, food and warm clothes. They bring a feeling of safety and trust, which are critical for helping people on the move.
Urban communities are at risk as the climate crisis intensifies its impacts on cities. As part of our ‘Do you have a minute?’ series, we shared a coffee and a chat with Julie Arrighi from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. We wanted to talk about the particular impacts of climate change in urban settings.
Migrants often have a lot to be afraid of as they struggle to get by in new surroundings: Arrest. Deportation. Violence. Theft. But building and maintaining trust is possible, say experts. They share their advice in this short, selfie-style video.
A volunteer at the Maldivian Red Crescent highlights the importance of trust and language for migrants during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The leadership of Deepali and Sardar Jashim helped many families protect themselves against Covid-19.
Volunteers take the initiative to help their community learn and prepare for cyclones.
Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan volunteer rides door-to-door to help TB patients recover and to stop a deadly disease
How a man with a vision and a group of like-minded parents work together to give children with disabilities their best shot at a full, happy life
Are tsunamis in Hollywood films realistic or pure fiction?
Let’s debunk some Climate Change myths. Did you know that climate change is much more than global warming? Find out what’s true and false in this episode.
Conflict forced Walid from his home. Now he helps others living through the same situation.
War in Yemen has not dampened teacher Abdullah Yahya’s passion for educating the next generation
Vegetable gardens bring life to Quechua families in the Bolivian highlands.
At health clinics and hospitals around Zimbabwe, new mothers and moms-to-be tend sustainable gardens to provide vital, nutritious meals despite a challenging climate
Data can save lives and humanitarian organizations are mobilizing to improve the way they collect and use it. But are they ready to handle the largely unregulated, ‘wild west’ of the global data market?
As humanitarian groups have rushed to embrace new technologies, biometric data such as eye, finger and palm scans have become a common method for humanitarian organizations to track aid during emergencies. But is the humanitarian sector fully ready to protect this most personal form of data?
In places where conflict or crisis means basic services are scarce, the use of data is saving lives. But protecting people’s physical well-being, experts say, is also about protecting their digital profile in cyberspace.
As a researcher, Romy Mikušincová takes on one of the greatest mysteries of space. As a Red Cross volunteer, she explores some of the most pressing social and humanitarian issues of our times.
As a biologist who responds to emergencies for the Spanish Red Cross, Eva Turró has found her place in the humanitarian world, raising awareness about the life-saving link between health and hygiene in the wake of calamity.
A Syrian refugee finds her path, exploring the common bonds between Syrian and Turkish cuisine.
From ‘Hurricane Burgers’ to lobster wraps, Lovely Reckley serves traditional Bahamian comfort food with a twist as her restaurant helps a community recover from a deadly storm
Ahmada Mohamedy Siogope talks about caring for people displaced by war, living in tents and dealing with Covid-19 in northeastern Syria’s sizzling summer heat.
Experts explore the challenges and the opportunities for a healthy change during Ramadan celebrations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stories that move you, that make you smile, laugh, cry, learn. This is the heart of the new Movement StoryHub hosted by RCRC magazine. A space for unity, solidarity and a sense of belonging, where every month we present the best stories and most innovative digital content produced by our Movement around the world.
Already one of the poorest countries in Europe, The Republic of Moldova has been deeply impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. Indeed, many thousands of Ukrainians have found sanctuary in Moldova, which borders Ukraine to the north, east and west. The Red Cross Society of the Republic of Moldova is helping both refugees and Moldovans as they face compounding economic hardships. The modest but regular support from Red Cross volunteers — like ‘Aunt Natasha’ — can make a big difference.
Following principles of ‘build-back safer’ and ‘build back local’, some communities in Madagascar are boosting their resilience to tropical storms. Some have already passed their first, very severe test: Cyclone Freddy.
A creative approach to community engagement in Guatemala has community members making videos about their lives, concerns and challenges after a series of storms and floods.
Travelling up rivers and mountains to help indigenous communities in remote parts of Peru make informed decisions about vaccination against Covid-19.
Mary Hkawn Tsin loves just doing her job, helping communities in her home state of Kachin. Challenging gender stereotypes just comes with the territory.
From Ebola to disasters, the Ugandan Red Cross is used to responding to a wide range of crises. In western Uganda, for example, the Red Cross has been helping a growing number of people displaced by catastrophic yearly mudslides and floods.
Digital information technology holds tremendous potential for easing human suffering. But it also poses many risks. In countries impacted by conflict, for example, those risks can be a matter of life and death. Humanitarian ‘tech-plomat’ Philippe Stoll decodes plusses and minuses of the humanitarian tech revolution.
In 2018, Hassan Al Kontar was stranded in an airport for 7 months as his asylum claim was reviewed. Now, Hassan is once again in the news — this time for the ways he gives back to the country that took him in.
As of today, 50 countries have ratified a treaty that bans nuclear weapons, a significant milestone that adds momentum to the movement toward the ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons.
Our goal is to connect you with powerful stories told by people around the world who are coping with enormous challenges due to natural disasters, climate change, health emergencies and conflict. We want to share what we learn from these stories so that — together — we can better understand the realities many people face and how we can all help them find solutions. We also hope to inspire you to engage and join with others — including the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement — in working to make life better for all people around the world.Tell me more