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13 Feb 2018 description

Written by Millicent WANGUI

Even in the age of online media, radio has remained the medium that reaches the widest audience in Africa. This makes radio a critical tool for our work at the Red Cross and Red Crescent. It links us with the rural and remote families we serve by hosting open discussions, getting feedback and sharing life-saving information during disasters and humanitarian crises. Most importantly, radio assists us in bringing communities together and, using their diverse voices to enable them to define their own solutions together.

10 Feb 2018 description

Abuja/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today facilitated the handover -- from the armed opposition to the Nigerian military -- of 10 women police officers and three university professors.

This operation in north-east Nigeria, with the ICRC acting as a neutral intermediary, was carried out at the request of the parties to the ongoing armed conflict.

"We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again," said Patrick Youssef, deputy regional director for Africa.

06 Feb 2018 description

By Peter Maurer, ICRC President

Syria enters its seventh year of fighting in 2018. Hunger and disease will affect millions of people in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Around the world people will flee conflict only to become trapped in misery, as seen in Libya. People will suffer from immediate and long-term effects of conflict and violence, as I witnessed in Central African Republic earlier this month.

06 Feb 2018 description

Nigeria in Perspective: Meeting Evolving Humanitarian Needs

23 Jan 2018 description

Mohamed Sheikh-Ali coordinates ICRC's economic security response in Nigeria, one of the largest economic security programmes in Africa. Since early 2017, the delegation in Nigeria has been gradually switching from emergency assistance to programmes that help both the displaced people and those who have returned home after displacement start earning income and providing for themselves. The delegation has used innovation and formed partnership with universities, government bodies and the private sector to accomplish this.

23 Dec 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 2,010,476 to enable the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to complement and support the country-level emergency operations related to food crises in Africa, mainly those Emergency Appeals focusing on drought and food insecurity. This regional appeal will ensure that the response to the food crises in Africa is effectively managed and coordinated beyond the country level, focusing on five key objectives:

22 Dec 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of two million Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to complement and support the country-level emergency operations related to food crises in Africa, mainly those Emergency Appeals and DREF funded operations focusing on drought and food insecurity. This regional appeal will ensure that the response to the food crises in Africa is effectively managed and coordinated beyond the country level, focusing on five key objectives:

29 Nov 2017 description

Musa was a thriving 14-year-old student with a passion for football when a boy walked into his school with a bag - despite the fact bags were banned.

"We kept asking him why he was carrying a bag," Musa recalls. "Then we heard a beeping sound, but we thought it was his phone"

The bag was concealing a bomb. The ensuing blast was huge, killing two dozen students and injuring more than 40.

Alhaji Musa, Musa's father, who lived in the staff quarters near the school, heard the bomb go off.

13 Nov 2017 description

Life through the eyes of kids in Nigeria’s Prison Waterfront

Chronic poverty, lack of education, and the threat of armed violence are just some of the dangers that the community of Prison Waterfront in Port Harcourt have to face every day.

At the same time, they live with little or no access to public services such as sewage systems and clean drinking water. The nearby waterways, which would normally offer a solution to the lack of public services, are plagued with trash, human waste, and oil slick from illegally tapped pipelines.

01 Nov 2017 description

Protection des personnels de santé et personnels humanitaires dans les conflits*

C’est pour moi un honneur de prendre la parole devant vous ce matin, et je remercie la France d’avoir organisé cette réunion importante.

Depuis la dernière fois que je me suis adressé au Conseil sur ce sujet, les attaques brutales contre les blessés et les malades, les personnels de santé, les ambulances et les installations médicales se sont poursuivies sans relâche.

01 Nov 2017 description

This software is helping us improve our delivery of assistance to thousands of households

Hassana stands in a line in front of an ICRC warehouse on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. When it gets to her turn, she hands over an encrypted smart card to the vendor, who uses the card to verify her biodata via the software called Red Rose, installed on his Sony phone.

31 Oct 2017 description

ICRC President's speech on the protection of medical and humanitarian personnel in conflict

Since my last briefing, brutal attacks have continued, unabated, against the wounded and sick, medical care providers, ambulances and health care facilities.

We are at risk of creating a 'new normal': too many actors are legitimizing attacks as "collateral damage" rather than outrageous violations.

The question we need to be asking today is 'where is the urgency to bring attacks to an end?'

27 Oct 2017 description

A report of the ICRC's work in Nigeria between January and September 2017

In Nigeria's north-east, prolonged displacement caused by the conflict has compounded vulnerabilities and increased dependence on humanitarian assistance for several million people. The cholera outbreak that hit Borno state reportedly affected thousands, most of them displaced by the conflict.

25 Oct 2017 description
report Cruz Roja Española
  • Sólo en Yemen se han producido más de 160 ataques contra instalaciones de Salud desde la escalada del conflicto en 2015. República Centroafricana, Siria o Afganistán son otros de los peores escenarios para los trabajadores y trabajadoras de la Salud.

  • Potenza Producciones y Cruz Roja colaboran en la concienciación sobre estos ataques contra el personal de Salud a través del cortometraje de ficción ‘Tabib’ –doctor, en árabe-, que se ha presentado a los premios Goya.

23 Oct 2017 description

U.N. agencies tracking displaced persons are increasingly using biometric registration to provide real-time data, limit paperwork, and improve efficiency. Biometrics can help better target aid, particularly in conflict areas, where personal identification systems are weak.

04 Oct 2017 description

Une importante crise alimentaire met en péril la vie de millions d’êtres humains dans quatre régions du Centre et de l’Est de l’Afrique. La Croix-Rouge luxembourgeoise et le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) travaillent ensemble pour venir en aide aux millions de personnes qui souffrent de la crise alimentaire.

Une crise humanitaire de grande ampleur

25 Sep 2017 description
report Monaco Red Cross

The Monaco Red Cross is launching an appeal for solidarity to help curb one of the widest food crises which is currently rife in Africa

12 Sep 2017 description

Delivering emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict in Nigeria

The armed conflict in north-east Nigeria continues to affect millions of people. More than five million in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states are in dire need of food, while two million have been displaced from their homes.

The situation is further compounded by the flow of returnees from neighbouring countries in the Lake Chad Basin who took refuge during the peak of the armed conflict.

08 Sep 2017 description

Around the world, humanitarian needs are growing, and those needs will not disappear once the immediate crisis is over. The effects of conflict and catastrophe continue for decades, lifetimes even.

08 Sep 2017 description

Genève (CICR)– Le CICR a créé la toute première «obligation à impact humanitaire» afin de transformer la façon dont les services essentiels destinés aux personnes handicapées sont financés dans les pays touchés par des conflits.