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South Sudan + 5 others
Six underfunded ICRC operations

A few of the contexts where we could use more cash


You might be surprised to learn that South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Israel and the Occupied Territories, and Myanmar are among the ICRC's top underfunded operations. You can find an infographic break-down of how much we need (in Swiss francs) on

Here's an approximate breakdown of how much we need in US dollars:

South Sudan: 45 million

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Colombia at a Crossroads

It's a crucial time for Colombia with presidential elections slated for this Sunday and ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrillas continuing in Havana, Cuba.

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Annual Report 2013

Annual Report for 2013: A strong response to complex crises

14-05-2014 News Release 14/81

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Les soins de santé en danger, bulletin d'information - No 1, Mai 2014

"Le changement appelle des efforts concertés", explique Pierre Gentile, chef du projet "Les soins de santé en danger". La dernière newsletter du projet présente une sélection d'articles, des nouvelles sur le projet, une étude de cas sur le terrain et une discussion entre experts dans le domaine de la santé.

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Mother and son reunited after 15 years

He went to fight for an armed group as a boy; she thought he was dead. More than 10 years later, in prison, he told his story to an ICRC delegate and asked him to trace his family. The painstaking search was successful and they were reunited. In 2013, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) restored links between 83 families split up by the conflict or other violence in Colombia. More than 1,000 detainees were reunited with their loved ones thanks to ICRC financial support to cover their travel expenses.

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Colombia: A year of supporting victims

11-04-2014 Feature

The hope of starting afresh and leaving behind a conflict that has spanned five decades contrasts sharply with the grim reality of daily life for victims of the conflict in Colombia. Every day, thousands of people are killed, go missing, are forced to flee their homes or end up trapped in their own neighbourhoods because of the invisible boundaries imposed by armed groups. In 2013, the ICRC helped over 235,000 of them.

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Colombia: situación humanitaria - Acción 2013 y perspectivas 2014

La Colombia que fue, la que será

Colombia ha avanzado mucho en el camino hacia el fin del conflicto armado interno entre la guerrilla y el Gobierno. Tanto que la pregunta que se hacen hoy millones de colombianos ya no es si habrá paz, si el medio siglo de conflicto entre las FARC-EP, el ELN y el Estado llegará a su fin.

La pregunta que retumba hoy en las selvas, montañas y poblaciones colombianas es si 2014 será el año de la paz o habrá que esperar hasta 2015. Una pregunta agridulce, cargada de ansias y de ansiedades.

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Colombia: Humanitarian situation and ICRC activities


The hope of being able to turn the page and leave behind a conflict spanning five decades contrasted with the reality facing the victims of armed violence. The departments experiencing most difficulties were - se in the south and west of the country and Antioquia and Norte de Santander.

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Health Care in Danger Newsletter - February 2014

27-03-2014 Field Newsletter

"Change requires the input of many," says Pierre Gentile, head of the Health Care in Danger project. The project's most recent newsletter features a variety of articles, news about the project, a field case study and a discussion between health care experts.

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“When the water tanks arrived, the whole village celebrated”

Seven out of ten people in the village of Tamaje, on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, were falling ill from drinking contaminated water. The ICRC resolved the problem by installing rainwater storage tanks outside every house, the school and the local clinic.

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River boat health care

After nearly half a century of conflict, the villagers living on the banks of the Rio Caguan in southern Colombia are cut off from basic health care. Diseases which should be minor rapidly become life-threatening. In an emergency, people are left to cope as best they can. Known and accepted by both sides in the conflict, the ICRC regularly travels 400 kilometres up this remote river, taking doctors and nurses to the aid of people in extreme need.

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Desaparición en Colombia: vivir en medio de la incertidumbre

Más de 63.800 personas siguen reportadas oficialmente como desaparecidas en Colombia. Esta realidad afecta drásticamente a familias enteras, condenadas a vivir en la incertidumbre del destino de sus seres queridos.

El 8 de febrero de 2013 fue especial para Rubiela*. Ese día ponía fin a la incertidumbre que la había tenido en vilo desde que su hijo Jader desapareciera, tres años atrás. "Le rendimos homenaje y lo enterramos en el cementerio de la vereda. Al fin tengo el alma en paz. Mi hijo reposa en su sitio".

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Disappearances in Colombia: living in the throes of uncertainty

More than 63,800 people have been officially reported missing in Colombia. This situation has a drastic effect on whole families who are forced to live with nagging doubts as to the fate of their loved ones.

For Rubiela* 8 February was a red-letter day, as it marked the end of the uncertainty which had kept her on tenterhooks ever since her son Jáder had disappeared three years earlier. “We paid tribute to him and buried him in the local cemetery. At last my soul is at peace, as my son is resting where he belongs”.

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El CICR presenta un presupuesto ambicioso pero realista para atender a las necesidades cada vez más grandes en 2014

Ginebra (CICR) – Mientras que millones de personas en Siria, Malí, Somalia y la República Democrática del Congo luchan por hacer frente a las devastadoras consecuencias de conflictos armados, millones más pasan, de forma desapercibida, una situación similar en lugares menos conocidos como la República Centroafricana. Todos necesitan ayuda. El CICR, que trabaja en más de 80 países en el mundo, solicita a sus donantes 1.290 millones de francos suizos (1.050 millones de euros, o 1.330 millones de dólares estadounidenses) para cubrir sus actividades en 2014.

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ICRC presents ambitious yet realistic budget to meet growing needs in 2014

05-12-2013 News Release

While millions of people in Syria, Mali, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggle to cope with the devastating consequences of armed conflict, millions more are quietly experiencing a similar fate in lesser-known places such as the Central African Republic. All need help. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which works in more than 80 countries all over the world, is asking its donors for 1.29 billion Swiss francs (1.05 billion euros, or 1.33 billion US dollars) to cover its activities in 2014.

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Liberación de un ingeniero en poder del ELN

01-12-2013 Comunicado de prensa 13/202

Bogotá (CICR) – Un ciudadano colombiano que llevaba más de 15 meses en poder del Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) fue entregado hoy a una comisión integrada por el CICR, el Arzobispo de Cali y el superior de la Comunidad Jesuita en Colombia.

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Emergency relief for 14,000 people in Antioquia

Communities in the town of Puerto Claver and in rural settlements around the city of El Bagre are currently plagued by a lack of food as a result of conflict.

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Ayuda de emergencia para 14.000 personas en Antioquia

26-11-2013 Comunicado de prensa 13/208

Bogotá-Ginebra (CICR) – El CICR y la Cruz Roja Colombiana prestaron asistencia a alrededor de 14.000 personas en el corregimiento de Puerto Claver y comunidades rurales aledañas del municipio de El Bagre, departamento de Antioquia. La población sufre actualmente desabastecimiento de alimentos a causa del conflicto en la zona.

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Cinco años esperando la llegada de un doctor

05-11-2013 Galería de fotos

A pesar de que su nombre evoca la leyenda de un lugar lleno de riquezas, el pequeño caserío de El Dorado, en el norte de Colombia, padece de tantas necesidades que hasta ver a un médico se ha convertido en un lujo. Aislada por el conflicto armado y la falta de vías, esta comunidad, ubicada a dos días de camino desde la ciudad de Bucaramanga, tuvo que esperar cinco años para recibir de nuevo servicios de salud.