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22 Dec 2017 description
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In 2017 the world faced a series of devastating humanitarian emergencies, not least here in the UK - making it one of the most demanding years for the British Red Cross since WWII. Here’s a look back at 2017 in numbers

  • 9m – people in the UK reported as always or often lonely

  • 200 – tonnes of donated clothes, blankets, toiletries and essential items by members of the public following the Grenfell Tower Fire

  • 24.1m – people facing food shortages in East Africa (across Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan)

21 Jul 2015 description
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Doctors and nurses were forced to leave a hospital in South Sudan after it was caught in the crossfire during heavy fighting.

Two people were killed and 11 others were injured in the attack on 5 July.

The hospital, in Upper Nile State, is being supported by medics from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The withdrawal of medical staff meant a further 11 patients died at the hospital in Kodok.

Konrad Bark, an ICRC aid worker, describes the tragic scene after the attack.

27 May 2015 description
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People are in “dire need” of help after recent fighting in South Sudan, the Red Cross has warned.

Some 100,000 people were forced to flee the northern town of Leer in the last week due to a rise in violence.

Residents have begun to return home, but have little or no food, and are in urgent need of medical care. Several houses have been burnt to the ground.

The violence forced the Red Cross to suspend relief work and withdraw some staff from Leer, in Unity State. It is now the first humanitarian organisation to return to the town.

21 May 2014 description
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For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Red Cross has resorted to large scale airdrops to distribute vital aid to the people of South Sudan.

The drastic step is an indication of the magnitude of the crisis facing the world’s newest nation, which has seen five months of intense conflict.

The British Red Cross has launched an appeal to help support humanitarian efforts in South Sudan.

16 Apr 2014 description
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The approaching rainy season in South Sudan is set to exacerbate an already vast humanitarian crisis, the British Red Cross has warned.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless by fighting in the world’s newest nation, while millions are reportedly in need of aid.

Heavy deluges have already hit the capital Juba, affecting displaced people sheltering in makeshift camps.

Across the country, an estimated 300,000 people made homeless by the conflict were living in camps prone to flooding and a relocation initiative has begun.

06 Mar 2014 description
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The British Red Cross is today launching an appeal to help thousands of people affected by the conflict in South Sudan.

Fighting has engulfed the world’s newest nation forcing people from their homes and tearing families apart.

Nearly one million people have been made homeless as a result of the ongoing violence, while 4.9 million are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN.

04 Feb 2014 description
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Intense fighting in South Sudan has left nearly one million people homeless and brought about a vast humanitarian crisis.

Around 740,000 people are displaced inside South Sudan while another 123,400 people have fled to neighbouring countries since fighting erupted in December, according to the UN.

The British Red Cross last week pledged £175,000 from its Disaster Fund to support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the African nation.

07 Mar 2013 description
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Matilda Cooper, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegate, has spent the past year working to protect and rebuild communities in the Western Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. Here, she talks about the challenges that face the world’s youngest country following nearly four decades of civil war.

Given that South Sudan has so many humanitarian issues to focus on, what have been the key priorities for the ICRC?

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.

08 Jul 2011 description
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By Sarah Oughton

Following years of civil war and a referendum in January, South Sudan is poised to become an independent country on 9 July. Chief executive Nick Young recently visited the region to assess progress on the setting up of the South Sudan Red Cross – a brand new National Society. He speaks of challenges that lie ahead.