Armed conflicts, natural disasters and migration have resulted in hundreds of thousands of people around the world going missing. Each missing person leaves behind loved ones in anguish not knowing what happened.
The ICRC is asking for more information about the aid convoy, which left Moscow for eastern Ukraine this morning. According to the Russian authorities, 280 trucks are bound for the region and is due to arrive at an agreed point on the border with Ukraine tonight.
Every day millions of people worldwide wage virtual war through video games. Children and adults, including enlisted soldiers and budding recruits, are enthralled by this kind of 'militainment' - war packaged for recreational consumption.
On World Red Cross Red Crescent Day (May 8) the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) marks 150 years since it was founded. Speaking from the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC, said, "This means 150 years of engagement in conflict in which ICRC brought assistance to millions of people."
At the end of a nine-day conference in New York, States failed to reach an agreement on an Arms Trade Treaty. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) deeply regrets that States were unable to adopt an Arms Trade Treaty at the diplomatic conference that ended yesterday in New York.
2010 to 2011 have seen a major series of crises which have affected ever increasing numbers of people. Demand for humanitarian assistance has reached an unprecedented level at a time when long term conflicts continue unabated, according to the ICRC's Annual Report launched in Geneva today (26th May 2011).