Geneva/Damascus (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is alarmed by the intensifying fighting in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, which is taking an unacceptable toll on everyday life in the area. At the same time, several neighbourhoods of the city of Damascus continue to be affected by the hostilities.
The battle for Mosul is over, but for thousands of families, the grief and horror continues. Some are trying, in the ruins of their city, to pay tribute to those who died. In the district of Zanjili, clothes and keepsakes are hung on walls, even cars abandoned among the rubble have become a memorial.
So far, 16 patients, the majority children, have been medically evacuated with their families from Eastern Ghouta to Damascus by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). They are now in hospitals receiving life-saving treatment.
It is 20 years since the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel landmines was adopted, but the legacy of these devastating weapons lives on. Landmines need just an instant to create a catastrophic injury that lasts a lifetime. And for decades, landmines were used in huge numbers, all over the world. In the years before the Convention, Erik Tollefsen, the ICRC’s head of Weapons Contamination, remembers mine clearance as an almost hopeless task.
(Geneva) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today launches a new website - missingmigrants.icrc.org - calling global attention to the human stories behind the humanitarian tragedies of those who go missing along migration routes.The website is part of a concerted effort by the...
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked its donors for more than 2 billion Swiss Francs to fund its field operations in 2018, to assist and protect millions of people affected by conflict and other situations of violence.
With imports of fuel and other essential goods at a standstill for the past ten days, three Yemeni cities had to stop providing clean water in recent days, putting close to one million people at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases.
Dakar/Geneva (ICRC) - The precarious security situation in Africa's Sahel region is overshadowing a massive humanitarian crisis affecting 12 million people in five countries, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today.Armed conflict, trans-national crime and climate hazards are...