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.
Pierre Krahenbuhl, Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), confirms today the murder of its staff member Khalil Rasjed Dale, four months after his kidnapping in Quetta/Balochistan, Pakistan.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been selected as an official honoree by the 16th Annual Webby Awards for its short documentary depicting the dangerous conditions faced by doctors, nurses and ambulance workers operating on the front lines of Libya's recent armed conflict.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has just completed the distribution of seed and agricultural tools to approximately 15,000 displaced people around Agok in the southern part of disputed Abyei area. These people are among the one hundred thousand people who fled fighting in May 2011. 8 months on and these families are struggling to survive.
Four members of the Colombian Armed Forces and 6 police officers were released late Monday night by the FARC-EP in an operation facilitated by the ICRC. The men, who had been held for 10 to 14 years, travelled by helicopter to Villavicencio Airport where their anxious families were waiting for them. The ICRC facilitated this operation through its role as a neutral intermediary and the acceptance of the parties involved. Thomas Ess, one of the ICRC delegates on board one of the helicopters, describes what happened when the men finally realized they were about to gain their freedom
Brazilian helicopters arrived in Villavicencio airport with the humanitarian commission for the release of 10 persons held by FARC-EP, some of them for over 14 years now. The International Committee of the Red Cross is facilitating this operation after agreement between the parties involved. Michael Kramer, deputy head of the ICRC Colombia delegation makes the following statement on Sunday April 1st.