One year since fighting officially ended in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, the return home and certainty about the future continue to elude over 65,000 displaced people. They demand urgent action and support to overcome the burden left in the wake of the conflict.
ICRC activities in Libya from January to June 2018
Seven years of armed conflict in Libya has left its people with coping mechanisms that are rapidly eroding. Daily life has become difficult and hundreds of thousands of people either remain displaced or are trying to return home.
The unrest, which began in 2011, has left many families completely dependent on humanitarian assistance provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Libyan Red Crescent (LRC).
Mosul (ICRC) A new physical rehabilitation center was opened in Mosul on 14 October 2018. Constructed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Ninawa Physical Rehabilitation Centre (Ninawa PRC) was handed over to the Ninawa Directorate of Health, Ministry of Health.
The rehabilitation center, which took four months to build, will treat patients with disabilities and provide specialist prosthetic, orthotic and physiotherapy services.
Having completed his bachelor's degree programme in prosthetics and orthotics, Afghanistan national Abdul Qadir Najm is raring to use his expertise to make life easier for those with disabilities. Driven by the need to serve, this Afghan national decided to upgrade his skills when he saw the rising number of people who had lost their limbs due to conflict-related injuries.
ICRC President: Speech to UN General Assembly event on Universal Health Coverage in Emergencies
Across the ICRC's operations, whether in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine or Nigeria we are seeing the deadly effects of conflict on health systems and health care.
Perfil de una trabajadora humanitaria en Colombia
María Eugenia Hernández es reconocida entre sus colegas del CICR por su dedicación a las plantas y a los animales, pero también porque desde el inicio de su carrera, en el sector público, ayudó a crear programas de atención víctimas del conflicto que luego se replicaron en otros departamentos.
Preventing sexual violence and looking after those who have suffered from it are the two main ways that the ICRC acts in this sensitive area. Although we are making headway, the task is still enormous.
We talked to Fanny Buttigieg, an ICRC mental and psychosocial health delegate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to find out more.
1. How big a problem is sexual violence in the country at the moment?
Prévenir la commission des violences sexuelles et soigner les victimes sont les deux axes de l’action du CICR dans ce domaine sensible. Si la lutte prend forme, la tâche reste immense.
Entrevue avec Fanny Buttigieg, déléguée santé mentale et psychosociale du CICR en République démocratique du Congo.
1. Quel est l'état des lieux actuel de la situation relative aux violences sexuelles en République démocratique du Congo ?
In the second quarter of 2018, the ICRC's activities in Venezuela and the CARICOM States focused on training health care professionals in treating emergency room trauma patients in hospitals. Additionally, hundreds of members of the Armed and Security Forces learnt about how to reinforce the integration and observance of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international standards on the use of force. Venezuelan Red Cross rescue workers continue with the preparation for emergency situations and first aid.
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Boletín Mayo-Agosto 2018
The ICRC continued its operations in Azerbaijan during the first half of 2018 to deliver humanitarian assistance to those who are affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Activities related to humanitarian protection, economic security and water and habitat were carried out in communities located along the line of contact and international border Armenia. Approximately, 3,000 individuals benefited from the ICRC's neutral intermediary role from January to June in 2018.
Geneva (ICRC) – The signing of a peace agreement between South Sudan's warring parties is a hopeful sign that a sustainable solution can be found for a conflict that has had tragic consequences for millions of civilians.
It is important that any political solution takes into account the needs of everyday South Sudanese people, especially marginalized groups like women, said Dominik Stillhart, the global director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
BAGHDAD (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross is increasingly concerned by the deterioration of the security situation in Basra.
The deaths of civilians and the growing number of casualties at the ongoing demonstrations is particularly worrying, as is the use of firearms for restoring public order.
Tripoli (ICRC) – Tensions that started earlier this week have turned into armed confrontations in parts of Tripoli, in western Libya. An unknown number of people have reportedly been killed, and dozens of people injured, including civilians, are making their way to health facilities.
In the first quarter of 2018, our teams brought together more than 100 health care professionals for an emergency room trauma course aimed at increasing the chances of survival for patients at risk in hospitals. Medical supplies were also provided, some of which were used for treating wounds in public and military hospitals, for example.
Over 500 patients were assisted in the first quarter of 2018, including victims of urban violence and emergency cases.
"Losing everything also gave me a new perspective on what's important in life. It got me thinking more about family, less about material things"
"I used to be a daily worker. I would do everything from selling vegetables in the local market to building huts. My arms and legs were very strong and under the blazing sun, I could work long hours. The harder I worked, the more money I would bring home to my family. All this changed in just one day.''
Tchad: de janvier à juin 2018, plus de 30 000 personnes touchées par nos actions
Au Tchad, nous travaillons à réunir les familles séparées par les conflits et les violences dans la région du lac Tchad. Nos équipes contribuent à améliorer les conditions de vie des détenus ainsi que les conditions d’accès à l’eau potable aux communautés affectées par le conflit dans le lac Tchad. De janvier à juin, plus de 30 000 personnes ont été directement atteintes par nos actions.
Schools. Factories. Courthouses. These are just a few of the buildings that now act as shelters for displaced families in southern Ethiopia after a wave of inter-communal clashes along the border areas of Gedeo and West Guji zones drove nearly one million people from their homes.
“We came here because we were attacked,” said Tigist, who fled her home in Hanchabie village. “We left our village empty-handed to save our lives. We travelled and spent three days in the bush to get here.”
De janvier à juin 2018, en étroite collaboration avec la Croix-Rouge Malienne, plus de 20 000 personnes déplacées, réfugiées, retournées et sinistrés ont bénéficié d'une assistance en vivres et en biens essentiels de ménage dans le Nord et le centre du pays. Par ailleurs, nos équipes se sont employées à faciliter l'accès à l'eau et à la santé pour les personnes et leurs animaux victimes des effets combinés du conflit armé ou des situations de violences et de la sécheresse.
Pour la deuxième fois en l'espace de quelques mois, Ebola frappe à nouveau la République démocratique du Congo. Aujourd'hui, le virus meurtrier menace le Nord-Kivu, une province ravagée par un conflit armé et par la violence, ce qui risque de rendre cette nouvelle flambée encore plus dévastatrice.