Yemen: ICRC urges warring sides on Red Sea coast to protect civilian life

GENEVA / SANA’A – As reports of intense fighting along Yemen’s Red Sea Coast continue to emerge, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) urges all parties to the conflict in Yemen to respect the lives of civilians.

“Fighting along the Red Sea Coast is reported to be approaching densely inhabited urban areas. This is happening against the backdrop of a catastrophic humanitarian situation and a Yemeni population brought to its knees after almost three years of conflict,” said Robert Mardini, who directs the ICRC’s operations in the Near and Middle East.

“We would like to urge all parties to the conflict to respect civilian life by taking every possible measure to protect civilians, and to allow safe passage for those who want to escape the fighting in search of safety. It is also important to remind that all persons captured in relation to the on-going hostilities must be treated humanely.”

Falkland/Malvinas Islands: ICRC presents Argentina and the United Kingdom with results of humanitarian forensic identification project

ICRC - News Release No. 17/90
01 December 2017

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has today handed out its forensic reports resulting from the work it carried out to identify the mortal remains of Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery.

“We are pleased that we can now match names to many of the unidentified soldiers, providing answers to many of the families who have been waiting for news for over three decades,” said ICRC Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart. Speaking on behalf of the organization, Mr Stillhart applauded the calibre of the process, the commitment and support of all those involved, and the results achieved.

ICRC calls attention to overlooked humanitarian tragedy of missing migrants with powerful new website

ICRC - News Release No. 17/88
29 November 2017

(Geneva) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today launches a new website – – 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 ICRC to draw attention to this overlooked humanitarian tragedy. Whether in the Maghreb, the Mediterranean, or Central America, or as a result of migration, violence or conflict, those who go missing leave behind families, memories, and lives. This is an issue that deserves greater attention and response around the world.

Yemen: Border closure shuts down water, sewage systems, raising cholera risk

ICRC - News Release No. 17/87
17 November 2017

Geneva/Sana’a (ICRC) – 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.

“The water and sewage systems in Hodeida, Sa’ada and Taiz stopped operating because of a lack of fuel”, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) head of delegation in Yemen, Alexandre Faite. “As a result, close to one million people are now deprived of clean water and sanitation in crowded urban environments in a country slowly emerging from the worst cholera outbreak in modern times.”

Sahel: Security concerns obscuring five-country humanitarian emergency

ICRC - News Release No. 17/85
14 November 2017

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 causing immense human suffering, triggering an increase in intra-African displacement and migration toward Europe from the five countries -- Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.

"The focus in the Sahel is on security issues, but this obscures a major tragedy: millions of families who are hungry and desperate for survival,” Patrick Youssef, ICRC’s deputy director for Africa, said during the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

Yemen: An urgent call to keep borders open for health, medical supplies

ICRC - News Release No. 17/84
07 November 2017

Geneva/Sana’a (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is urgently calling for Yemen’s air, sea and land borders to be kept open to allow vital humanitarian supplies to enter the country.

“Humanitarian supply lines to Yemen must remain open,” said ICRC’s regional director for the Near and Middle East, Robert Mardini. “Food, medicine and other essential supplies are critical for the survival of 27 million Yemenis already weakened by a conflict now in its third year.”

Choosing humanity: new video and online game challenge us to confront how numb we have become to abuses to the rules of war

ICRC - News Release No. 17/83
07 November 2017

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) this week launches a new phase in its public awareness campaign on the need and relevance of the laws of war.

Today a hard-hitting video shockingly reminds us that in times of war, civilian casualties are the result of choices, not accidents. Through a young boy’s morning routine somewhere in a country at war, the short video “Decisions” shows how it is the choice to respect the laws of war that can protect civilians and save lives.

Central African Republic: ICRC condemns killing of staff member

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ICRC - News Release No. 17/82
05 November 2017

Bangui/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is shocked and saddened by the killing of one of its staff in the Central African Republic. Youssouf Atteipe, an ICRC driver, died on Saturday while taking part in a convoy delivering much-needed aid to victims of the armed conflict in the country.

Youssouf was killed when an ICRC convoy made up of a truck and a four-wheel-drive vehicle was shot at by unknown assailants as part of an apparent robbery. The convoy was attacked in an area east of Kaga Bandoro, in the centre-north of the country. He was travelling in a vehicle that was clearly marked with the red cross emblem.

Myanmar: Law and order, community trust needed to overcome humanitarian crisis

Statement by Dominik Stillhart, director of global operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on the humanitarian situation in Myanmar:

Fear and uncertainty hover over victims of the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, where insecurity has shattered lives and destroyed homes.

Following the violence and fear of violence that have driven residents to flee their homes, all communities are now suffering from severe shock. It feels dangerous to move, so people stay in place, meaning limited access to schools, farm fields, markets and health care.

How can families move forward? To overcome the overwhelming fear they feel, to halt the flow over the border and to reach the point where families consider returning home, trust must be rebuilt at all levels between communities, so that they may peacefully co-exist.

People in Rakhine State have suffered from decades of underdevelopment, poverty, and intercommunal violence. If cyclical violence is to be halted, communities’ grievances must be addressed.

Though hundreds of thousands are now in need, the long-term solution is not a reflexive overreliance on humanitarian assistance, but the long-term restoration of law and order. Public services such as health care must be restored. Equally important, people must be assured that if conflict does return, those not taking part in hostilities will be protected.

DRC: Millions displaced and at risk from stark rise in violence

ICRC - News Release No. 17/75
11 October 2017

Kinshasa (ICRC) - Violence and repeated armed clashes in several provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are causing alarming levels of human suffering.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is particularly concerned about the 7 million people in need of emergency assistance, more than half of whom have been displaced by violence.

"People have suffered unimaginable difficulties, including displacement, separation from family members, abuse, looting, injury or violent death,” Patricia Danzi, ICRC’s Africa director, said while on a visit to DRC.

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