The tens of thousands of African migrants who cross the Sahel in search of safety or a better life do not necessarily end up in Europe. Travelling from Niger, Senegal, Togo and Mali, some of them choose to live and work in Libya or Algeria. Others are arrested and detained along the way, and are then deported, often to Niger.
"Every day, the plight of the Central African people gets worse. Their suffering is compounded by repeated acts of violence against civilians, pillaging, killings and sexual violence," said Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), following a three-day visit to the country. "With poverty widespread and State institutions crippled by years of instability and crisis, the country's existing dependence on humanitarian aid will only grow unless efforts are stepped up to restore security."
On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling attention to the fact that the contagious and potentially fatal disease is a major health problem in prisons. A project run by the organization in three jails in Uganda shows that tuberculosis can be fought successfully in detention facilities.
Hundreds of thousands of people are living in the open air on arid land scattered across the country. For humanitarian organizations, many of these areas are hard to reach geographical and because of a lack of safe access.
Following media reports of the renewed wave of violence affecting South Sudan since 18 February Mr Melker Mabeck, Head of Delegation for ICRC in South Sudan, issued the following statement from the ICRC delegation in Juba on 22 February 2014.
The renewed violence in the Central African Republic in recent weeks is accentuating an already dire humanitarian situation. Clashes in Bangui since 5th December has caused tens of thousands of people to flee and seek refuge wherever they can, in churches, in hospitals and even the airport runway.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which works in more than 80 countries all over the world, is asking its donors for 1.29 billion Swiss francs (1.05 billion euros, or 1.33 billion US dollars) to cover its activities in 2014.
Baghdad (ICRC) - As fighting intensifies around the Iraqi city of Mosul, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is increasing its presence in the field, in order to respond swiftly to new humanitarian needs.