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04 Dec 2017 description

Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) demande plus de 2 milliards de francs suisses à ses donateurs pour assurer le financement de ses opérations sur le terrain en 2018 et pouvoir apporter aide et protection à des millions de personnes touchées par des conflits et d'autres situations de violence.

28 Nov 2017 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked its donors for more than 2 billion Swiss Francs to fund its field operations in 2018, to assist and protect millions of people affected by conflict and other situations of violence.

The appeal, which marks an 11.6% increase in the ICRC's 2017 field budget, will allow the organization to continue responding to the most urgent needs of people caught up in conflict in the world's most challenging hotspot such as in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, DR Congo and Yemen.

27 Nov 2017 description

Community engagement and accountability supports those involved in programmes and operations to adopt innovative approaches to better understand and engage with people and work with them to address unhealthy and unsafe practices. It maximizes the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s unique relationship with the community to help them speak out about the issues that affect them and influence decision and policy-makers to implement positive change.

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.

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?'

24 Oct 2017 description

Speech delivered by ICRC President Peter Maurer at the Senior Workshop on International Rules governing Military Operations (SWIRMO) on Friday 20 October, Mexico City.

Firstly, thank you for your participation at this, the eleventh SWIRMO conference, which I hope is sparking valuable discussions.

13 Oct 2017 description

The ICRC's Physical Rehabilitation Program in South Sudan provides services for persons with physical disabilities to restore their mobility and help them rebuild their lives. In 2017, the ICRC is supporting centres in Juba, Rumbek and Wau.

Between January and September, we distributed monthly household food rations to over 450,000 people in need, and provided seeds and tools to 277,000 people. Our surgical teams performed 2,800 surgical interventions and evacuated 590 weapon wounded people.

20 Sep 2017 description

Speech by ICRC President Peter Maurer, High-Level Humanitarian Event on South Sudan, United Nations General Assembly, 72nd session.

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan today is rapidly deteriorating, spiralling further and further out of control. The numbers of people affected run into the millions and comprise a significant proportion of the country’s population.

The impact of the conflict has gone far beyond the frontlines of war: sparking food shortages, an economic crisis and causing a massive displacement of people.

18 Sep 2017 description

Isolation and dependence makes people deprived of their liberty extremely vulnerable. At the same time, in most countries, prisons are rarely a priority and financial resources allocated to them are often scarce. In South Sudan this situation has been exacerbated by years of armed conflict and severe economic crisis.

13 Sep 2017 description

ICRC Statement to Arms Trade Treaty Conference of States Parties

Speech by ICRC President Peter Maurer to the High Level Segment of the Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.

Today, we are witnessing brutal wars raging in many countries around the world, such as in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, South Sudan and Somalia. Urban violence is skyrocketing in Latin America and newer wars have emerged in recent years in places like Ukraine.

09 Sep 2017 description

Juba/Geneva: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is shocked and dismayed by the killing of one of its staff in South Sudan. The ICRC driver died on Friday after helping to deliver aid to victims of the armed conflict.

Lukudu Kennedy Laki Emmanuel was killed when an ICRC convoy of nine trucks and a four-wheel-drive vehicle was shot at by unknown assailants. The convoy was returning from an assistance operation in Western Equatoria.

22 Aug 2017 description

The numbers associated with South Sudan’s violence reveal the level of brutality being carried out against civilians. Of the country’s population of 12 million, one in three residents has been displaced, while one in two is severely hungry and in need of food assistance.

In an effort to assist residents harmed by warfare, the ICRC on Aug. 10-11 distributed an emergency food supply to 1,000 families – or about 6,000 people -- in the village of Deim Zubeir, located in the northwest South Sudan.

18 Aug 2017 description

A man storms into the operating theatre. He is angry and carrying a gun. His wife just died while giving birth despite all efforts by the doctors to save her. He raises his weapon and starts shooting.

Rita Dominic Kiyawa tells her story as if it happened yesterday, even though four years have passed since the attack on Wau Teaching Hospital (WTH), where she has been working as a nurse since 1989. She likes her job, but after witnessing an attack that could have taken her life, she almost resigned from her career that she considers her destiny.

17 Aug 2017 description

Juba (ICRC) - The president of the ICRC arrived in South Sudan today to view the devastating effects that the country's continued violence is having on the millions of residents on the brink of extreme hunger.

The numbers associated with South Sudan's violence reveal the level of brutality being carried out against civilians. Of the country's population of 12 million, one in three residents has been displaced, while one in two is severely hungry and in need of food assistance.

10 Jul 2017 description

Safe water to combat cholera

Millions of people suffer from the lack of clean water in South Sudan. Coupled with the unsanitary environment that accompanies the rainy season, the lack of clean water leads to outbreaks of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, which remains endemic in South Sudan.

08 Jun 2017 description

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Last year broke records, but for all the wrong reasons. More people were forcibly displaced than at any time since the Second World War. Huge numbers needed humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic needs. Our budget, as a result, was the largest yet.

26 Apr 2017 description

by Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations, ICRC

We are on the brink of a humanitarian mega-crisis unprecedented in recent history. The spectre of famine looms large over parts of Africa and the Middle East.

We must act now. What is needed is a broad and massive scaling up of support from the international community. If we treat this as "business as usual", the long-term cost in human lives will only rise.

The consequences of not dedicating the resources to avert these disasters and address their root causes could affect us all.

24 Apr 2017 description

Agriculture is essential for survival of people in South Sudan. Tending to crops is a long term process that takes time and dedication.
When fighting erupts forcing people to flee agricultural cycles get disrupted and farmers can no longer produce food. The result of this is severe food insecurity that some parts of the country are facing.

When fighting erupts agricultural cycles get disrupted

20 Apr 2017 description

Niki Clark

This week, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation pledged $75,000 ($25,000 each) to three organizations working on multiple fronts to address the current famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen: Mercy Corps, Oxfam and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

05 Apr 2017 description

The straw huts covered with tarpaulins look freshly built. The domestic items lying around -- cooking pots, jerry cans, plastic chairs -- are few. A makeshift camp that appeared four months ago is turning into a village, a new home to some 400 families displaced by the armed conflict.