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19 Jul 2018 description

Khartoum/Nairobi/Geneva, 19 July 2018 – Tens of thousands of people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan are in “desperate” need of humanitarian assistance and care, says the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy.

Mr Sy was speaking following a visit to Sudan’s White Nile State, near the border with South Sudan and home to 150,000 people displaced by the conflict.

10 Jul 2018 description

By Stella NGUGI

While in the middle of an ever-evolving humanitarian crisis, South Sudan has remained committed to developing strong legal frameworks to facilitate the timely delivery of assistance to vulnerable communities and enhance disaster risk management in the country. To guide these efforts, the South Sudan Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM) has been spearheading the development of a National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Policy to strengthen the country’s disaster risk management framework.

29 Jun 2018 description

Juba/Nairobi (ICRC)—After weeks of fighting that prevented humanitarian aid from reaching people around Leer, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been granted safe access to deliver food and shelter supplies to more than 8,000 families.

26 Jun 2018 description

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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.

19 Jun 2018 description

Ginebra (CICR) – El número de conflictos armados no internacionales aumentó a más del doble desde principios de siglo, según datos del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR).

No solo hay más conflictos, sino también más partes en un conflicto. En los últimos seis años, han surgido más grupos armados que en los 60 años anteriores.

Como consecuencia, se observa un aumento del peligro para los civiles y un reto aún mayor para los trabajadores humanitarios.

19 Jun 2018 description

Genève (CICR) – Le nombre de conflits armés non internationaux a plus que doublé depuis le début du siècle, selon les données du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR).

Il y a non seulement davantage de conflits, mais aussi davantage de parties impliquées. On a vu apparaître plus de groupes armés au cours des six dernières années que lors des six précédentes décennies.

Conséquence : des risques plus élevés pour les civils et des défis plus importants pour les humanitaires.

19 Jun 2018 description

Geneva (ICRC) – The number of non-international armed conflicts more than doubled from the beginning of the century, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Not only are there more conflicts, but there are more sides in a conflict. More armed groups have emerged in the last six years than in the previous 60.

The consequence: increased danger for civilians and a greater challenge for humanitarians.

14 Jun 2018 description

Summary

This Operation Update provides an update on the implementation of the Revised Emergency Plan of Action published in December 2017, including the activities implemented between December 2017 and May 2018, and the Plan of Action for the remaining timeframe. The expenditure level is at 74% To ensure the implementation of all remaining activities, a no cost time extension for an additional three months from June 24th to September 24th. is sought.

08 Jun 2018 description

President's address at the Human Rights Watch Summit

Switzerland is the birthplace – 150 years ago – of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions that followed. And while the ICRC still has its headquarters in Geneva, we are a truly global organization of 16,000 staff working 80 countries affected by conflict and violence....places like Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Myanmar, Colombia, Lake Chad.

06 Jun 2018 description

In a small village in Aweil East, South Sudan, Along Kuan Kuan sits on a bright-coloured mat in the centre of her thatched-roof home, preparing sorghum. For Along, a returnee from Sudan, this is the first time in two days her and her eight children will eat. She places a cooking pot next to her other utensils on top of her new, make-shift table – a long, cardboard box, labelled South Sudan Red Cross.

15 May 2018 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This update is requesting a no-cost three months extension (new end date: 16 August 2018). This extension will allow the deployment of a DCPRR Delegate from the region and a RDRT to Sudan to support the Sudanese Red Crescent (SRCS) to review humanitarian context and inform operational strategies such as revision of emergency appeal or convert into country operational plan. The emergency appeal operation is currently underfunded (3%) while the needs on the ground remain high.

04 May 2018 description

PROTECTING LIVESTOCK IN SOUTH SUDAN

Keeping livestock alive and healthy is vital in a country where most of the population heavily depends on cattle, sheep and goats for their livelihood. But it’s also a very real challenge. Decades of armed conflict continue to undermine veterinary services in South Sudan. It increases the risk of epidemics, parasites, wounds and health issues that hamper the production and reproduction of livestock. For the past 30 years, the ICRC has implemented Livestock projects to mitigate these risks.

30 Apr 2018 description

Juba/Geneva (ICRC) – Ten aid workers taken by an armed group last week were returned to Juba today by a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The South Sudanese aid workers were transported by ICRC aircraft from an area around Yei to the capital, Juba.

“The ICRC has a long-standing record as a neutral intermediary in these kinds of situations. We are pleased that these ten aid workers will now be able to return to their families,” said François Stamm, the head of delegation for the ICRC in South Sudan.

23 Apr 2018 description

Juba (ICRC) – A distribution of seeds and farming tools for approximately 24,600 people was interrupted after armed men attacked the International Committee of the Red Cross' compound in Leer, South Sudan, forcing staff to evacuate and program activities to be suspended.

"We are shocked and disappointed by this attack, which is not only an attack on the ICRC, but also on the people we are here to assist", says Francois Stamm, ICRC's Head of Delegation in South Sudan.

23 Apr 2018 description

Reporting by: Irene Nakasiita

Under the scorching afternoon sun, a young woman walks through the narrow, bushy foot path with a jerrycan. She opens a running tap near a fenced water plant, fills her jerrycan and returns to the path. She is Beatrice Anyei, 26. With a shy smile she welcomes me to follow her to her home.

10 Apr 2018 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is gravely concerned that South Sudan’s civil war continues to fuel horrific levels of violence in which civilians are injured and killed and property vital to their safety and survival is destroyed.

“My wife was shot,” said Ruey. “My children were shot…I was also shot. All of us became vulnerable.”

Ruey, his wife Nyalual, and two of their children were all injured by gunfire when fighting flared around their village near Nassir in February. One of the children—a seven-year-old boy—died as a result of the gunshot wound.

05 Apr 2018 description

05/04/2018 - by Fleur Monasso, Climate Centre, The Hague

South Sudan’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM) last week published its Strategic Plan 2018–20 for saving life and reducing the impacts of disaster across the country.

It was launched at a special event in Juba on Wednesday – sponsored by Partners for Resilience (PfR) – that also included an exhibition by all the ministry’s collaborators.

22 Mar 2018 description

Water and sanitation is a basic human right for all. Yet, water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population (UN Report on Clean Water and Sanitation). Unfortunately, in countries like South Sudan, although completely preventable, water and sanitation-related diseases are among the top killers of children under five.

Six-year old, Mary, reaches for the water pump handle well above her head to fill her large jerry can with water. In one effortless motion, she hoists the jerry can onto her head balancing it on her head without her hands.

21 Mar 2018 description

Preserving the civilian and humanitarian character of sites and settlements is fundamental to the protection of civilians fleeing armed conflict. It is, however, increasingly put at risk today by the presence of, or proximity to, fighters and armed activities. Infringements to the civilian and humanitarian character result in major protection concerns for internally displaced people and refugees hosted in the sites and adversely impact humanitarian actors.