Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, detainees around the world struggled to establish or maintain contact with their loved ones. With public health restrictions such as the suspension of face-to-face visits in many countries over the past year, the challenge has increased tenfold.
The first treaty to ban nuclear weapons is about to come into force (22 January 2021). At a time when the world is struggling with issues that go beyond borders - pandemics and climate risks - this new treaty is a victory for humanity.
According to the latest statistics, over a million people have been impacted by the floods in South Sudan this year. Among them, over 481,000 have been displaced. Roads are cut off, entire villages and towns are submerged, houses and health facilities have been damaged.
A convoy organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society carrying medicines and relief supplies has reached the Tigray State capital, Mekelle, where health care facilities have become paralyzed after supplies of drugs and basics like surgical gloves ran out.
More than 20,000 people have returned to their homes near the former frontlines in the southern neighborhoods of Tripoli. After over a yearlong displacement, families came back to destroyed homes, scarce resources, and lack of key services.
In Mindanao, the Philippines’ island in the south, protracted conflicts and constant displacement has seriously disrupted young people’s access to education. The long-term repercussions of this for children and the community at large are barely reported.
Months of conflict followed by torrential rains have created a deepening humanitarian crisis in which communities now face a heightened risk of hunger, malnutrition and disease in South Sudan’s Central, Western and Eastern Equatoria states
More than 1,000 people formerly detained in relation to the conflict in Yemen were transported back to their region of origin or to their home countries by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the largest operation of its kind during the five-and-a-half-year war.