The ICRC successfully facilitated the simultaneous release of nearly 900 detainees who were held in relation to the conflict in Yemen, marking a moment of joy and hope in a region devastated by violence.
As Muslims around the world usher in the holy month of Ramadan, detainees in Somalia will also be able to join in the spirit of the occasion. Close to 4,000 detainees across 12 places of detention across the country received food for traditional iftar menu, including goats, dates, lentils, milk, sugar, a mix of spices, cooking oil, tomato paste and tea leaves.
The scale and the gravity of the needs left in the wake of the massive earthquake that struck northwest Syria one month ago require urgent action to avoid devastating humanitarian consequences in a region already struggling to cope with the effects of more than a decade of conflict.
A fragile truce has allowed partial access to Tigray. But the long months of conflict have caused immense harm. Hospitals are damaged or destroyed. Water, electricity, and medicines are in short supply. Hunger, even among healthcare staff themselves, is everywhere.
The president of the ICRC has completed a four-day visit to Ukraine, during which she traveled to Odesa, Mykolaiv, the Kherson region and Kyiv to meet with authorities, families of prisoners of war and communities affected by the armed conflict.