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21 Oct 2013 description
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An influx of Sudanese refugees into Ethiopia in 2011 prompted an emergency appeal as the government and aid agencies struggled to cope with the sudden mass population movement. Having fled fighting in Sudan, the refugees were faced with a shortage of shelter, food, sleeping mats, drinking water and sanitation facilities.

The exodus was triggered after multiple clashes between the Sudanese army and South Sudan militia and rebels in Sudan’s Blue Nile state, which resulted in an estimated 50,000 civilians fleeing their homes.

07 Jan 2013 description
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A three-month emergency programme to improve living conditions at the Batil refugee camp in South Sudan has successfully increased residents’ access to clean, safe drinking water.

Since the historic independence of South Sudan in July 2011, those leaving Sudan have faced enormous challenges of migration, resettlement and survival. Many arrive at refugee camps in South Sudan suffering from exhaustion and hunger, having escaped conflict and walked for weeks.

24 Sep 2012 description
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The British Red Cross has released £200,000 from its Disaster Fund to help refugees in Yusuf Batil camp in South Sudan, where malnutrition has reached alarming levels.

06 Jul 2012 description
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As South Sudan celebrates one year of independence on 9 July, the new South Sudan Red Cross is busy supporting thousands of people returning from Sudan.

For many people the return is not easy, as they are vulnerable to heat exhaustion and disease outbreaks. As they arrive in South Sudan it is difficult to find adequate housing, and access to food, sanitation and health care is poor.

10 Aug 2011 description
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The British Red Cross is giving £175,000 from its Disaster Fund to help thousands of Sudanese people affected by conflict, many of whom have fled their homes in fear for their lives.

After election results were announced in South Kardofan State in May, tensions built up between the main political parties. Violence and fighting have broken out in several states, affecting more than 70,000 people.

16 Oct 2009 description
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On World Food Day (16 October), the Red Cross is calling people to support its Darfur Crisis Appeal and help combat malnutrition through its feeding programme for children.

Around 150,000 people displaced by the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, are living in a sprawling camp next to Gereida town. The International Committee of the Red Cross' nutrition programme supports malnourished children under the age of five and nursing mothers living in the camp and around Gereida.

British Red Cross delegate Teresia Nyutu works on the programme.

10 Jul 2009 description
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More than 16,000 children in Gereida camp in Darfur, western Sudan, are receiving a new treatment to prevent malnutrition.

The treatment, a peanut-based product called plumpy-doz, is being trialled during the region's hungry season which peaks in June and July. Plumpy-doz, is enriched with micro-nutrients to give young children a much-needed nutritional boost.

Ros Armitage, conflict operations manager, said: "We know that this is the peak time for malnutrition and this year we are really prepared.

01 Apr 2009 description
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As protesters take to the streets, our chief executive, Sir Nicholas Young, speaks about the Red Cross' hopes for G20.

For most of us, the figures being thrown around as governments struggle to overcome the economic crisis are beyond comprehension.

It is virtually impossible to grasp the idea of $1 trillion dollars, what can be understood though is the difference money, or the lack of it, can have on individual people's lives.

As chief executive of the British Red Cross, there are two straightforward and universally applicable laws of economics I could not fail to have …

20 Feb 2009 description
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As the hungry season in Darfur approaches, the British Red Cross is appealing for funds to treat malnourished children. There is just one harvest in Darfur. People plant in July when the rains start and harvest around November.

Emily Knox, conflict support officer, said: "By April people are starting to run out of food and it is a struggle to get by until the next harvest.

26 Aug 2008 description
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The situation in Darfur remains volatile and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently distributed seeds and tools to 40,000 families living in remote villages.

The aim was to help displaced people and host communities regain their livelihoods, so they don't have to rely on handouts, and also to prevent further displacement.

The ICRC continues to work in Gereida, where it has been the only organisation with a permanent presence since December 2006, providing a lifeline for thousands of people living in a camp after they were forced to flee their …

06 Mar 2008 description
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"It is easy to forget Darfur when it is not in the headlines but people suffer daily from this ongoing tragic conflict." - Ros Armitage, British Red Cross

The British Red Cross will continue to support a vital nutrition programme for malnourished children in Darfur, Sudan where nearly four million people are still suffering the brunt of the four-year conflict.

The programme in Darfur supports the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is one of the few organisations with access to remote and rural areas.

In partnership with the Australian …

20 Sep 2007 description
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The British Red Cross is sending relief experts to countries across East and West Africa as it launches its Africa Flood appeal to raise funds to help some of the most vulnerable people caught up in the severe flooding in the region.

More than one million people are affected across countries including Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. The unusually heavy rains have displaced cattle and destroyed crops leaving whole communities vulnerable and extremely short of food.

31 May 2007 description
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The rainy season has now arrived in parts of Darfur with Red Cross workers reporting the arrival of the first rains in Gereida town, South Darfur. The rains, which traditionally start in the South and gradually move North, bring mixed emotions for the millions of people affected by the conflict who are scattered throughout Darfur, a region the size of France.

In remote villages, where people are often cut off and unable to access aid due to widespread violence and insecurity, villagers will be desperately waiting for the rains to come and nourish the crops they have planted.

27 Apr 2007 description
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BRITISH RED CROSS LAUNCHES URGENT APPEAL

The British Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal to support tens of thousands of traumatised people, subjected to years of unimaginable suffering, who are now stranded in areas of Darfur that many aid agencies cannot reach.

Leigh Daynes, spokesman for the British Red Cross has just returned from South Darfur. He said: "The conflict in Darfur has unleashed a cycle of violence that seems unstoppable.

21 Aug 2006 description
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is increasingly concerned about continuing levels of violence shown towards humanitarian aid workers in the conflict stricken Darfur.

13 Apr 2006 description
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As the conflict in Darfur continues to cause serious concern, two British Red Cross women have been working in the field helping to ensure respect for civilians by all those fighting in the conflict.
Caroline Birch and Kirsty MacDonald have just returned from south and west Darfur respectively, on separate assignments with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

As protection delegates Caroline and Kirsty were carrying out a vital role of the ICRC in conflict zones - to promote adherence to international humanitarian law by all parties involved.

13 Mar 2006 description
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An Australian bush nurse who swapped her day job in the Aboriginal outback to work for the Red Cross in Sudan has just returned from the toughest assignment of her life. If anyone could cope with the hot, dusty desert of Sudan then you would expect Denise Tyler (NSW), a bush nurse for 25 years, to be a safe bet.

01 Feb 2006 description
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Red Cross nurse Maree Dunn from Australia recently returned from Gereida in southern Darfur where the British Red Cross runs a health and water project with the Australian Red Cross and the Sudanese Red Crescent. She talks about the difference the project is making.

05 Jan 2006 description
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An eminent British surgeon has been working with the Red Cross mobile surgical team in Darfur, which has been treating victims of the recent clashes in the region.

29 Nov 2005 description
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The inhabitants of an estimated 20 villages have drifted east to the relative safety of Gereida, where the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has set up a third camp to cater for the influx of displaced people.

Red Cross staff have distributed essential items such as tarpaulins, jerry cans, clothes, soap and blankets to the new arrivals.

The capacity of the existing health care clinics in Gereida - supported by the British and Australian Red Cross - will also be boosted to cater for an estimated 250 extra consultations a day.