In central Mindanao, thousands of people have been living precariously due to recurrent fighting. Pockets of skirmishes often erupt that result in civilian displacement.
The hostilities between armed groups in February resulted in around 4,000 families fleeing to safety in evacuation centers in Pagalungan, Maguindanao and in Pikit, North Cotabato.
At the height of the fighting, affected civilians managed to bring only few belongings with them and limited supplies of food.
Geneva/Baghdad (ICRC): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has sent emergency food and water supplies to more than 20,000 displaced people who were forced to flee the recent fighting in and around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The delivery of these urgent supplies was made amid a number of challenges on the way to the makeshift camps in Baghdad, Amiriyat Al Fallujah, and Habbaniyya, where thousands more need urgent help.
Following the pre-election tension in Burundi, Burundian nationals began fleeing to Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To date, the UNHCR has put the number of refugees who have sought asylum in neighbouring countries at over 112,000, of which those fleeing to Tanzania number over 70,000.
When families flee their homes, they can no longer tend their fields. When agricultural production drops, trade falls off; a sweeping, downward economic spiral. And when families flee their homes, they get split up. Many displaced people are hosted in villages and towns. This puts a burden on those communities as well.
For people fleeing the violence, and on the move, there are few opportunities for health care. Pregnant women have been forced to give birth in the most difficult of circumstances, sometimes obliged to abandon their newborn babies in order to save their own lives. Surgeons have had to deal with injuries they are not accustomed to, such as wounds from bomb blasts.
The ICRC logistic specialist is the backbone of ICRC assistance activities. He/she is responsible for procurement, ensures warehouse maintenance, deals with customs formalities, monitor stock levels, draws up budgets with the delegation administrator, analyses costs, trains and supervises local personnel.
The ICRC vehicle fleet manager supervises the road transport movements in the infrastructure of delegations, sub-delegations and local offices. In addition to maintenance and planning of the vehicles (both trucks, heavy-duty 4x4 and light cars), he/she should also be the guardian of good usage and knowledge of the vehicles by the users.
Function / raison d'être
The purchaser oversees the entire purchasing process in an ICRC's delegation. In his/her capacity, he/she ensures that purchasing is carried out in line with standard institutional policies and procedures.
ICRC Air-Operations Managers are responsible for the management of ICRC chartered, leased or owned aircraft in a cost effective, safe and efficient manner. The Air-Operations Manager will coordinate the activities of the aircraft, crew, ICRC staff, passengers and cargo in an ICRC mission to optimise resource utilisation. He/she shall make sure that flights performed safely in often a dangerous environment with all necessary permissions.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization that works to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and violence. The ICRC has been working in the Philippines for more than 50 years. It carries out a range of activities to meet the needs of displaced and other vulnerable people, promote respect for international humanitarian law, and respond to emergencies, often in cooperation with its local partner, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
Health in Prisonsis a one-week course offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healthin collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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