The UN General Assembly must focus on the most vulnerable people caught up in conflict

ICRC News Release 17/71
17 September 2017

New York (ICRC) – On arrival to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, ICRC President Peter Maurer said:

“This General Assembly meets at a critical moment, when the world is faced with conflicts of greater number and complexity. In the last six months, I’ve visited some of the world’s most brutal and protracted conflicts. Four weeks ago I was in South Sudan. Not long before that I was in Yemen. Before that Syria, Myanmar and Ukraine. Each time I met with the people who suffer most. It is the urgency to alleviate people’s suffering that is my purpose this week.”

The theme for this year’s United Nations General Assembly Open Debate is “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet." During the Open Debate world leaders will address the General Assembly and participate in High-Level events on the world’s most pressing issues. ICRC is an Observer Member of the United Nations and participates in UN General Assembly High-Level Week. President Maurer will participate in key debates on Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Central African Republic, and famine prevention, as well as address the signing ceremony of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Yemen: ICRC deplores death of civilians in Taiz

ICRC - News Release No. 72/2017
17 September 2017

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) deplores the civilian casualties that resulted from an apparent shelling on residential areas in Shab Al Doubba and Souk Al Samil in Taiz on Friday 15 September.

The attack killed three children and gravely injured nine others. According to reports, two of the children killed in Friday’s shelling were playing football.

“We cannot turn a blind eye on the rising number of civilians injured or killed as a result of indiscriminate attacks in Yemen’s conflict. Too often in recent months, civilians -- women, men and children -- have been in harm’s way, becoming victims of shells and bombs,” said Robert Mardini, ICRC’s Regional Director for the Near and Middle East.

ICRC appeals to fund critical operation in Myanmar and Bangladesh

ICRC - News Release No. 17/71
15 September 2017

- The ICRC is concerned by the violence and its effect on all people in the northern areas of Rakhine as well as in Bangladesh. We call on all persons involved in the violence to respect the rule of law and to not attack people who are not engaged in the violence.

- The recent violence has caused massive numbers of people to leave their homes, and we plan to increase our operations to help meet those people's needs. We plan to assist with water, food, medical care and other basic necessities. We also will help reconnect people who have been separated from their families or loved ones due to displacement.  This assistance will be based on an assessment of the needs of the displaced.

- The ICRC is working closely with the Myanmar Red Cross Society, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and the International Federation. Together we operate with Red Cross Red Crescent staff, as well as volunteers who come from the communities where we are working. Their understanding of local conditions is invaluable in ensuring that we work in a neutral and impartial manner.

- Since the beginning of the crises at the end of August, the ICRC and the Movement partners have helped over 13,000 people stranded at the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, and we will soon help more. In Myanmar, in the first two weeks of the crisis, we helped 10,000 displaced people.

Failure to manage arms trade responsibly is putting a dirt cheap price on the lives of civilians

ICRC - News Release No. 16/68 NR's number, 11 September 2017

Speaking at the opening of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Conference in Geneva, ICRC President Peter Maurer issued a stark reminder to States about the impact arms flows are having on societies around the globe.

“Arms transfers are at their highest levels since the end of the Cold War,” said President Maurer. “Arms continue to flow – overtly and covertly –to belligerents and violent extremism in parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and feed organized crime in the Americas.”

“Recently, in Yemen I saw how the war is eroding almost every aspect of people’s lives. The arms trade is rife and continues to flow despite repeated violations of international humanitarian law. Public services have been bombed, the health system is on its knees, and an unprecedented cholera epidemic has broken out. I met mothers forced to make impossible decisions about whether to buy food or expensive medicines for their families.”

Afghanistan: Physiotherapist who helps amputee patients shot and killed

ICRC - News Release No. 17/69, 11 September 2017

Geneva/Kabul (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross is deeply saddened by the fatal shooting on Monday of one of its physiotherapists in Afghanistan.

Lorena Enebral Perez, 38, a Spanish national, was in the ICRC’s rehabilitation centre in Mazar-e-Sharif when she was shot, apparently by a patient. Lorena’s work involved helping children, women and men who lost legs or arms or with many other forms of disability to learn how to walk again or feed themselves.

“Energetic and full of laughter, Lorena was the heart of our office in Mazar. Today, our hearts are broken,” said the ICRC’s head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli. “Lorena was a skilled and caring physiotherapist who assisted patients, especially children. The violent fluctuations of life seem particularly cruel today.”

South Sudan: ICRC condemns killing of staff member

ICRC - News Release 17/67
09 September 2017

Juba/Geneva: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is shocked and dismayed by the killing of one of its staff in South Sudan. The ICRC driver died on Friday after helping to deliver aid to victims of the armed conflict.

Lukudu Kennedy Laki Emmanuel was killed when an ICRC convoy of nine trucks and a four-wheel-drive vehicle was shot at by unknown assailants. The convoy was returning from an assistance operation in Western Equatoria.

“We are shaken and distraught by the killing of our colleague who was travelling in a convoy of vehicles which were clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem. In addition, all parties to the conflict in the area had been duly notified about our presence,” said François Stamm, the ICRC’s head of delegation in Juba.

The world’s first “Humanitarian Impact Bond” launched to transform financing of aid in conflict-hit countries

ICRC - News Release No. 17/65
08 September 2017

  • “Humanitarian Impact Bond” set up by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with an outcome value of more than 26 million CHF for three physical rehabilitation centres in Africa
  • New investment model to bridge gap between increasing complexities of humanitarian crises and conflicts and the pressure on existing funds
  • Social Investors (New Re, part of Munich Re (Group), amongst others) have provided private capital upfront to enable five year payment-by-results programme
  • The Outcome Funders (governments of Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, the UK and ”la Caixa” Foundation) of the project will pay if scheme performs
  • In addition to its ongoing ICRC Corporate Support Group commitment, Co-Sponsor Bank Lombard Odier provided expertise to help incubate the project, and then helped bring the transaction to market

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has created the world’s first “Humanitarian Impact Bond” to help transform the way vital services for people with disabilities are financed in conflict-hit countries.

The capital raised – 26 million CHF – will be used to build and run three new physical rehabilitation centres in Africa (Nigeria, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo) over a five year period, providing services for thousands of people. The payment-by-results programme also includes the necessary training for the new staff as well as the testing and implementation of new efficiency initiatives.

The innovative funding mechanism has been created to encourage social investment from the private sector, to support the ICRC’s health programmes. A rising number of conflicts as well as a growing annual budget of the ICRC are the driving forces for this innovative funding model.

Myanmar: ICRC scales up aid for people fleeing violence

ICRC - News Release No. 17/66
08 September 2016

Geneva/Myanmar/Bangladesh (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Myanmar and Bangladesh is scaling up its efforts to minimize the suffering of people fleeing violence.

“All communities affected by the violence are suffering, and the ICRC is deeply concerned about the condition of families hit by this crisis,” said Boris Michel, the regional director of ICRC’s Asia and Pacific zone.

The ICRC this week began delivering food and water to around 8,000 families on both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border who fled their homes to escape violence. An ICRC-supported mobile health team of Bangladeshi doctors and paramedics has been dispatched to the region in Bangladesh.

Afghanistan: Two abducted ICRC staff members released

ICRC - News Release No. 17/64
05 September 2017

Geneva (ICRC) – Two International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff members who were abducted in February this year in Jawzjan province have been released

“We are relieved and grateful that our colleagues are now back with us unharmed,” said the ICRC head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli. “Their abduction and the killings of our six colleagues were emotional agony for all of us, especially for their families and friends.”

The two staff members were abducted by an armed group on 8 February 2017 while on their way to deliver assistance in Jawzan province with six other colleagues who were shot and killed in the same attack.

International Day of the Disappeared:

More families finding missing relatives thanks to Trace the Face

ICRC - News Release No. 17/61
30 August 2017

Geneva (ICRC) – More people than ever before are finding relatives who go missing during a migration journey or the chaos of war thanks to a Red Cross website dedicated to helping separated family members reconnect.

“My parents are alive!” Setara, a young Afghan girl, cried out in the Danish Red Cross office after learning her parents had been located. She had become separated from her family while crossing into Greece 18 months prior.

Sitara she was able to reconnect with her father and brother in Germany thanks to Trace the Face, an initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Cross national societies.

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