Central African Republic: Trauma unit ‘completely full’ after violence in Bangui

ICRC  - News release N° 18/22
13 April 2018

Bangui/Geneva (ICRC) – The trauma unit at a major hospital in the Central African Republic is filled to capacity after an outbreak of fighting in the capital, where ambulances transporting the wounded have often been delayed because of street battles and barricades. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Central African Red Cross (CRCA) are providing emergency services following the eruption of violence in Bangui’s PK5 district on April 8.

“Our 34-bed trauma unit at Bangui’s Community Hospital is completely full,” said Marcelle Baltzinger, ICRC’s hospital project manager. “We have set up a close surveillance room and another casualty ward. They are full as well. We have two tents ready to be put up in case of need. They can accommodate at least another 20 patients.”

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ICRC Interview: A conversation with our chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear expert

ICRC - Interview
09 April 2018

Johnny Nehme, a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross, talks about issues related to chemical weapons.

In your view, why are chemical weapons banned?
Their indiscriminate nature. They could kill or maim any person, whether that person is participating in a given conflict or not. A second issue is that the effect of certain chemical weapons could bring lifelong damage that would remain after the conflict ends. To make and use a weapon that prevents people from using the air, from breathing, was considered too horrible and damaging.

ICRC Statement at today's High-Level Pledging Event on Yemen

ICRC - Statement No. 18/05
03 April 2018

"On the one hand, there are statements and promises, power points and press releases. But on the other, the fighting rages on, the bombs continue to land, and the suffering continues. So, the challenge today is bridging that gap between, what I call, 'wishful thinking', and reality on the ground."  

ICRC Regional Director for the Near and Middle East, Robert Mardini's address to the 2018 Yemen High-Level on behalf of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

Yemen: The slow death of society could be reversed; progress is possible

ICRC - News Release No. 18/21 
03 April 2018

Sana’a/Geneva (ICRC) – This is what the slow death of society looks like:

A list of things that have collapsed in Yemen: The food chain. The health care system. The education system. The sewer and water system. 

A list of things expanding in Yemen: Disease. Malnutrition. The deaths of civilians. 

Government leaders gather in Geneva today for a pledging conference for Yemen. Three years after the start of the war, life for residents is indescribably miserable due to the way the conflict is being fought. The International Committee of the Red Cross has spent years pleading with warring parties to wage combat in a way that does not so severely impact civilians. That has not happened. 

Operations note on Syria: New aid delivery to people fleeing Afrin

ICRC - Op Note 18/17
20 March 2018

A 14-truck convoy from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) is delivering 25 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid on Tuesday to displaced people in Tal Rifaat, in the North of Aleppo governorate. This delivery is the second aid to reach Tal Rifaat since the intensification of fighting there in January.

Statement from ICRC President Peter Maurer following his visit to Syria

ICRC - News Release No. 18/16 NR's number
16 March 2018

My visit to Syria this week reinforces my view that wars across the region have reached a frightening new normal. Tit-for-tat battles of retribution increase in intensity with no regard for their devastating impact on civilians. 

The level of suffering in Eastern Ghouta is the latest example, joining Afrin and Mosul, Sana’a and Taiz. Too often destruction seems to be the goal as the basic standards of humanity are ignored. 

 This week the Syrian crisis entered its eighth year. How long will the powers behind the fighting allow it to drag on? They must know already that a war of vengeance is a war without end, one in which everybody loses.

When I last visited 10 months ago there were signs of hope. Rehabilitation and returns were possible. Today, though, the situation has further degraded. 

What hope is there for children who have seen families destroyed and atrocities committed? What hope for the young boy I met in the displacement camp who hasn’t attended school for years? 

Syria is a conflict characterized by regular breaches of international humanitarian law: sieges, blockades, disproportionate attacks in urban areas, and the targeting of civilians and civilian services like ambulances, water stations and markets. 

Syria: Evacuations of civilians must be humane

Damascus/Geneva (ICRC) – In the event that humanitarian evacuations from Eastern Ghouta, Afrin, or any other area in Syria take place, the below standards and rules offer guidance to authorities in control of the process. Put simply, civilians and persons no longer taking a direct part in hostilities must be respected and protected at all times by all sides, including during evacuations.

The ICRC has not yet been contacted by the parties to the conflict regarding evacuations, and therefore we are not involved so far. We remain ready to work with the parties to ensure the below standards and rules are adhered to.

Syria: 13 aid-filled trucks offloaded in Douma despite close-range fighting 

ICRC - News Release No. 18/14
09 March 2018

Damascus/Geneva (ICRC) – Teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and UN on Friday delivered urgently needed aid in Syria despite fighting that took place extremely close to the humanitarian convoy. 

ICRC, Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and UN teams in Eastern Ghouta delivered 2,400 food parcels that can sustain 12,000 people for one month, as well as 3,248 wheat flour bags. The 13-truck delivery was part of a convoy that could not be fully unloaded on 5 March due to the security situation.

Syria: First batch of essential aid reaches people trapped in Eastern Ghouta

ICRC - News Release No. 18/12
05 March 2018

After multiple attempts in recent weeks to gain humanitarian access to Eastern Ghouta, the ICRC finally reached the town of Douma earlier today as part of a joint aid convoy with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the UN.

The 46-truck convoy includes 5,500 food parcels for over 27,500 people (one food parcel should last a family of five a month), along with vital medical and surgical items such as dressing materials.

“The convoy is a positive first step and will lessen the immediate suffering of some civilians in the Eastern Ghouta region. But one convoy, however big, will never be enough given the dire conditions and shortages people are facing. Repeated and continuous humanitarian access is essential and more must be granted in the coming period,” said ICRC’s Middle East Director, Robert Mardini.

The last time the ICRC was able to deliver aid in Eastern Ghouta was on 12 November last year.

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