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Fighting grips Philippine city

Fighting grips Philippine city Fighting between government forces and an armed group in the Philippine city of Marawi left large numbers of people displaced and in need of help. In the first week of the fighting in May, the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross distributed food rations, addressed water and sanitation issues and provided household [...]

Movement mourns more aid worker killings

Movement mourns more aid worker killings More Movement aid workers have tragically lost their lives after being deliberately targeted in violent attacks. In September, a physiotherapist in ICRC’s rehabilitation centre in Mazare- Sharif, Afghanistan, was shot, apparently by a patient, as she went about her daily work helping people relearn how to walk or complete [...]

Publications 2-2017

I saw my city die: voices from the front lines of urban conflict in Iraq, Syria and YemenICRC, 2017 Urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen are among the deadliest conflicts of our time. Through first-hand stories of residents of cities like Aleppo in Syria, Mosul in Iraq and Taiz in Yemen, this report vividly [...]

Publications 1-2017

Humanitarian Futures for Messaging AppsICRC, 2017 Today, more than 2.5 billion people around the world communicate via messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat. These and other apps have the potential to make a positive impact in situations of crisis but also to introduce risks relating to security, data protection and privacy. Humanitarian [...]

Deadly avalanches

Deadly avalanchesFollowing heavy snowfall in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan in February, at least 120 people were killed by avalanches that destroyed or damaged dozens of homes. In the north-eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, bordering Pakistan, at least 45 people in one village perished under an avalanche. “In the village of Afsye, Bargematal district, 70 [...]

Movement rocked by more aid worker deaths

Movement rocked by more aid worker deathsSince the beginning of the year, a total of 17 Movement workers or volunteers have lost their lives in attacks by warring parties in various parts of the world. In early February, six staff members of the ICRC were killed in Afghanistan when their clearly marked convoy was attacked [...]

Survey finds most people support rules of war

Survey finds most people support rules of warA majority of people questioned in a recent ICRC-commissioned survey feel that rules of war developed in the second half of the 20th century still make an important difference in protecting lives during conflict. According to a survey of 17,000 people in 16 countries conducted by WIN/Gallup International, [...]

Empty nest in Gaza

Empty nest in GazaThe life of a fisherman is rarely easy. But the fishing boats of Gaza face a particular challenge: they are only allowed to fish up to six nautical miles off the coast, due to the Israeli naval blockade. Fishing is an essential part of Gaza’s economy, but restrictions have undermined the sector [...]

Struggling to survive in South Kivu

Photo: Julie Schneider/ICRC Struggling to survive in South KivuDue to relentless fighting between the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s armed forces and armed groups, whole communities are facing serious food shortages because they no longer have access to their fields and crops. In December, the ICRC distributed urgently needed food to more than 8,500 people [...]

Publications issue 3

World Disasters Report 2016IFRC, 2016 A lack of global investment in strengthening community resilience is leaving tens of millions of people exposed to predictable, preventable and catastrophic disaster risks. This is the key message behind the IFRC’s World Disasters Report 2016. According to the report, despite broad recognition that investing in resilience before a disaster [...]

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