Air drops: food from the skies, are the last option to deliver supplies to the hungry, but in many parts of South Sudan, such as Maar, in Jonglei Province, they have become the only option. Conflict has made more efficient deliveries by road impossible.
The fight for Mosul is long, and bitter; civilians now have no choice but to flee. City streets are not supposed to be a battlefield: family homes, neighbourhood shops, schools, and clinics are in the line for fire. Retaking Mosul has made normal life impossible. It was hard for Fathi Yassin to make the decision to leave with his family, but in the end survival became his only priority.
The life of every South Sudanese family has been affected by the armed conflict that started in 2013 and over the years spread. The ongoing violence has had profound and devastating effects on all areas of life, undermining access to food, clean water, basic healthcare and education.
STATEMENT: Yves Daccord, ICRC Director-General : We just learned a few hours ago that we have lost colleagues in Afghanistan. And I must say that seems, first impossible, it was a region we knew very wellâ?¦it's really experienced colleaguesâ?¦.and knowing that they have been killed, attacked directly is the worst possible news. The shock to realise what it means for our actions in Afghanistan, what it means for Afghans, for the family, for the colleagues. I still can't believe that people would attack Red Cross and ICRC colleagues. ENDS
Early this morning, Monday 19th December, all sides to the conflict gave renewed security guarantees to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Both organizations were able to resume evacuating the thousands of people in need from Eastern Aleppo City.
STATEMENT FROM ICRC HEAD OF COMMUNICATION PAWEL KRZYSIEK, SYRIA - CURRENTLY IN ALEPPO:
"Since days in Aleppo, we've seen enormous enormous suffering of civilians affected by the recent escalations of fighting. For over weeks, thousands of people have fled eastern Aleppo to the western side of the city. Thousands are still living in collective shelters where the humanitarian situation is extremely dire.