The conflict that caused the largest refugee crisis since WWII and killed over 400,000 people has been littered with violations of international humanitarian law (IHL).
In the last few weeks, the world has seen gruesome examples of such violations. From an alleged chemical attack in Idlib that killed over 80 civilians, to the suicide bombing that killed at least 126 civilians, including 68 children while they were waiting to be evacuated from the town of Rashidin.
Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises
A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.
Thousands of people in earthquake-affected Kaikoura still don't have safe running water and must queue for portaloos.
Although water supplies have been restored in some parts of Kaikoura, sewerage infrastructure was heavily damaged in the earthquake that shook New Zealand on 14 November.
Tap water must still be boiled for three minutes or chlorinated before use. Many households are still relying on portaloos.
On International Day of the Disappeared we pause to reflect on the many people who are missing as a result of war, conflict, disaster or migration.
This year the UNHCR reports record numbers of people being forcibly displaced from their homes due to ongoing conflict, persecution, risk of violence.
International Day of the Disappeared, marked on 30 August each year, is also a time to remember the families affected by the disappearance of their loved ones.
Red Cross will support the development of a new web platform designed to connect refugees and asylum seekers with interpreters
The new Interpreter Central website will enables caseworkers and clients to preview, book and review interpreters, ensuring a better fit with languages and dialects.
The idea came from Melbourne's first Techfugees Hackathon in April this year, where Red Cross partnered with the start-up community. Several ideas were developed as a result.
- North Melbourne
- Workforce Capacity Development - Emergency Services
- Ongoing, Full time
Lead the recruitment, training and ongoing leadership development of our volunteers across Victoria, to enable us to deliver high quality programs and services for communities across Victoria before, during, and after emergencies. This role will also work closely with the Victorian Emergency Services Leadership Team to provide leadership and support across the department.
Australian Red Cross works with local Red Cross Red Crescent partners in our region and beyond to offer humanitarian aid in times of disaster and crisis, as well as support communities to build resilience their resilience to disaster risk and crises.