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19 Sep 2018 description

Catherine-Lune Grayson

The world is rapidly urbanizing and so is internal displacement. Yet we—humanitarians—often fail to properly understand how displaced people cope in such settings and how to better support them. In light of this, we embarked on a study over the last year to reflect on how we can improve humanitarian responses in urban environments.[1]

30 Aug 2018 description

Shamsa is using 'Trace the Face' to try to locate her son who decided to take the risky journey to Europe.

Each year, thousands of migrants go missing on their way to Europe. Families get separated, loved ones end up in different corners of the world, unaware of where their relatives are and whether they are safe.

16 Aug 2018 description

About this report

This research is the fruit of a joint project between the divisions of protection and of policy and humanitarian diplomacy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with significant support from the organization’s economic security and water and habitat units and ICRC delegations across the world. It received some financial support from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs through its Human Security Division.

26 Jul 2018 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is reducing its operations in Somalia following concerns over security and the organization’s overall acceptance in the field. In March, the organization lost one of its staff members to a bomb incident outside its offices in Mogadishu. A month later, another staff member was abducted in the capital.

26 Jun 2018 description


As wars dragged on in many parts of the world, huge numbers of people struggled to meet even their most basic needs in 2017. In the absence of political solutions, these people seem destined to endure even more violence in the coming year. If humanitarian organizations cannot rise to the challenge and provide greater relief and protection, even more people could suffer.

02 May 2018 description

ICRC Geneva/Nairobi—A female nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been abducted in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

“We are deeply concerned about the safety of our colleague,” said Daniel O’Malley, ICRC’s deputy head of delegation for Somalia. “She is a nurse who was working every day to save lives and improve the health of some of Somalia’s most vulnerable people.”

11 Apr 2018 description

The Empress Shôken Fund is named after Her Majesty the Empress of Japan, who proposed – at the 9th International Conference of the Red Cross – the creation of an international fund to promote relief work in peacetime. It is administered by the Joint Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which maintains close contact with the Japanese Permanent Mission in Geneva, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Meiji Jingu Research Institute in Japan.

29 Mar 2018 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is devastated by the loss of one of its staff, Abdulhafid Yusuf Ibrahim, in Mogadishu. He passed away Wednesday night after succumbing to injuries from an improvised explosive device, which detonated while Mr. Ibrahim was in his private car leaving the ICRC office in the Somali capital Wednesday afternoon.

22 Mar 2018 description

Sounds of bleating goats and sheep, camel bells ringing and running water signals the onset of a busy morning in Qodqod village, located in Galgaduud region. Herders fill their jerry cans with water as goats, sheep and camels jostle for room along the water troughs. At the centre of all this activity is a borehole.

08 Mar 2018 description

Every morning at 8:00 a.m. Fatuma Ibrahim prepares for her usual rounds of trekking from house to house selling Baati and Garbasaar – a traditional Somali cotton dress and head scarf. This has been her daily routine since she first set foot in Kalkal displacement camp in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, more than two years ago.

05 Feb 2018 description

Somalia: Assisting people affected by conflict and drought in 2017

In 2017, the ICRC continued to help the people of Somalia affected by over 35 years of armed conflict and harsh climatic conditions like droughts and floods.

18 Jan 2018 description

Voice actors gather in a radio studio in Mogadishu to create a public service announcement to help fight outbreaks of diarrhea and cholera.

“My wife is the jealous type. Of late, her cooking isn’t what it used to be,” Ali, one of two male characters, says jokingly to his friend, who is having him over for lunch.

Their playful tone abruptly stops when they notice there is water but no soap to wash their hands – one of the central themes the ads are trying to convey, that people must wash hands before eating to halt the spread of cholera.

29 Nov 2017 description

The words rob raac in Somali translate to rain follower. It is a term commonly used in pastoralist circles that refers to the lifestyle of moving from one place to another with one's livestock in search of pasture and water. This lifestyle is shared by many pastoralists, who make up 60 percent of Somalia's population.

Failed consecutive rains in the country, though, have prolonged a debilitating dry spell, grinding to a halt a way of life for many nomads who roam the lands.

27 Oct 2017 description

Following the huge bomb blast that detonated on Saturday, 14th October, 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) began rescue efforts assisting the victims of the incident.

This is an infographic of our response.

16 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu/Nairobi (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) have been responding to urgent needs following Saturday's explosion in Mogadishu. Two days on, the death toll continues to rise as bodies under the ruble are discovered.

In the past 48 hours, official sources confirm the deaths of 276 people, while over 284 survivors have been admitted to Keysaney, Medina, Daru Alshifa, Mogadishu City, Somali Sudanese and Kalkaal hospitals. The wounded are receiving treatment for the serious injuries they have sustained.

15 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu/Nairobi – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) mourn the loss of life of four SRCS volunteers killed amongst many others following the huge explosion that detonated in a very busy street of Mogadishu yesterday. This figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing.

01 Oct 2017 description

The ocean breeze and endless waves lash the golden shores of the small coastal town of Eyl in northern Somalia. Located at the edge of a rocky landscape, this old town feels hidden from the rest of the world, a perfect get-away spot.

Only a decade ago this sleepy town made global news headlines as Somalia's "pirate capital", a fact captured in books and movies recounting vessels hijacked for ransom, including the Hollywood blockbuster "Captain Phillips."

25 Sep 2017 description

Palm dates, goat meat, milk powder, biscuits, sugar and tea have been distributed to 5,600 detainees in 26 places of detention in Somalia to help them observe the month of Ramadan.

The holy month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide, who typically fast during the day. It’s a month to remember the less privileged in the society and extend acts of kindness to them. For the ICRC the gesture is symbolic and is meant to ensure detainees are not forgotten during this important period in the Islamic calendar.