The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked its donors for approximately 20 million euros (US $27 million) to help tens of thousands of people affected by conflict and food insecurity in northern Mali. This is the second time the ICRC has asked for more funds in 2012 as the humanitarian situation in the region further deteriorates.
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President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has just returned from a three-day visit to Syria during which he held talks with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and the ministers of foreign affairs, the interior, health and national reconciliation. Mr Maurer also visited areas affected by the fighting in Rural Damascus to witness at first hand how civilians are coping in a context of extreme violence.
As Libya attempts to recover from the conflict last year, wounds remain raw. On the international day of the disappeared (August 30th), thousands of Libyan families still have no answers over the fate of missing family members who went missing as a consequence of the conflict and the former regime.
As South Sudan turns 1 year old (9 July 2012), an estimated 50,000 people in the country are amputees. Many of these severe injuries are a result of present and past armed conflicts. The use of landmines was common during the pre-independence armed conflict between the north and the south, and they continue to be used today.
As South Sudan celebrates its first year of independence (9 July 2012) fighting continues in parts of the country and the wounded and sick struggle to get treatment and access to basic health-care . Becoming the world''s newest country has not brought an end to years of armed conflict. An ill-defined border as well as internal ethnic tension quickly triggers fighting.
On 9th July 2012, South Sudan celebrates its first year of independence. However, becoming the world''s newest country has not brought an end to the years of armed conflict. An ill-defined border as well as internal ethnic tension can quickly trigger fighting. The wounded and sick struggle to get treatment as access to basic health care is very difficult.
A new operating theatre has opened at Keysaney hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia to treat casualties of the conflict that has wracked the country for the past 20 years. The hospital is one of two main referral facilities in Somalia able to treat complex war wounds and serving all south central Somalia.
Already hard hit by a mediocre growing season in 2011-2012, characterized by rainfall badly distributed in time and place, the population in North Tillabery has to share its meagre resources with the many refugees arriving from Mali. According to the authorities in Niger, more than 30,000 Malians from the Menaka area and an estimated 8,000 Niger nationals living in Mali have found refuge in Niger since the beginning of the year, fleeing the fighting between government forces and armed groups.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing to its donors for 24.5 million Swiss francs (nearly US $27 million / 20 million Euros) to help the tens of thousands of people affected by the fighting in Syria. This will in effect almost triple the ICRC's budget for the crisis.