Vanuatu Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to help their communities be safe and prepared ahead of a major cyclone which is due to start hitting the country in the coming hours.
Tropical Cyclone Donna is expected to unleash damaging winds, rough seas, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding across Vanuatu from tonight.
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.
Australian Red Cross Society has a long standing relationship with Philippine Red Cross and has maintained an in-country presence since 2011. Previous activities undertaken in partnership with Philippines Red Cross include initiatives in humanitarian assistance, community health, disaster risk reduction and water and sanitation. Australian Red Cross also supports Philippines Red Cross with Chapter Development initiatives, thematic programming support and communications and quality initiatives.