Red Cross Red Crescent Mediterranean National Societies to tackle cross-cutting migration issues

Sarajevo/Geneva, 2 April 2019 – More than 150 Red Cross Red Crescent delegates from 23 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea are meeting in Sarajevo this week to discuss approaches to aiding vulnerable migrants and the communities receiving them.

IFRC to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela

Caracas/Panama/Geneva, 29 March 2019— The President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has announced that IFRC will have unhindered access to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela to support a major scale up of medical care and other assistance by the Venezuela Red Cross.

The announcement comes after a series of meetings this week in the Venezuelan capital Caracas with institutions and humanitarian, social and political groups.

Operational update on Cyclone Idai: Destruction and anguish as thousands remain homeless

ICRC - News Release No. 19/11
29 March 2019

As flood-waters from Cyclone Idai recede, the scale of the devastation left behind is becoming clearer. But, worryingly, some of the hardest hit communities remain cut off from outside assistance. Tens of thousands of people are homeless, and hundreds of families have been separated. In order to support communities reeling from the storm in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and national Red Cross societies to provide assistance.

“As we reached remote communities cut-off by flooding and landslides, we are struck by the resilience that people have despite the tremendous hardship. We are rapidly deploying our teams of water, livelihoods, and health specialists to assess and address their immediate needs,” said Hicham Mandoudi, who is leading ICRC’s relief efforts from Chimoio, Mozambique.

Ten million Afghans face severe hardship after extreme weather

Kabul/Kuala Lumpur/Geneva 28 March 2019 -Ten million people in Afghanistan – more than a quarter of its population – face severe acute food insecurity and need urgent help after floods and drought, say the Afghan Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Three years of drought have contributed to massive crop failure, economic hardship, hunger and loss of life, and forced 266,000 people from their homes. In March 2019, extreme weather deepened extreme hardship, when above normal rain and snow fell on soil with limited vegetation or ability to soak up the water, bringing flash floods to nine provinces, killing 63 people and displacing at least 281,000 to makeshift camps with inadequate services.

Climate change is increasing the hardship for people in Afghanistan. Temperatures are rising, leading to changes in snowmelt, and rainfall is getting more erratic, with an increased risk of floods and droughts. Repeated disasters have eroded people’s capacity to cope.

Yemen: A renewal of fighting is endangering a tired, hungry and war-weary population

ICRC - News Release No. 19/10
27 March 2019

Yemen/Geneva (ICRC) – Four years after the beginning of the conflict in Yemen and only a few months after agreements that gave hope to a war-weary nation, a renewal in hostilities is again forcing people on the move and taking the country from bad to worse.

Hopes that violence, displacement, disease and hunger would begin to subside after years of misery in Yemen are being crushed by a renewal of conflict.

“Despite a glimmer of hope a few months ago, for millions of Yemenis life has become unbearable. The renewed fighting only serves to exacerbate an already catastrophic situation,” said Franz Rauchenstein, the head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen.

Mozambique: “Speed, quality and scale of response critical to preventing disease outbreaks” says IFRC Secretary General

Geneva/Nairobi/Beira, 25 March 2019 – The Red Cross and Red Crescent network is speeding up efforts to prevent disease outbreaks in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, with the arrival today of an Emergency Response Unit that will provide sanitation for 20,000 people every day. Two emergency field hospitals will follow.

“After a disaster of this magnitude, the speed, quality, and scale of our response is critical to to stop the risk of waterborne disease outbreaks like cholera,” said the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, at a media briefing at the United Nations in Geneva today. “As flood waters recede, hundreds of thousands of people still lack water, shelter and health care. We now see even more clearly the real consequences of this disaster.”

Mozambique: “Tens of thousands of families have lost everything”

Beira/Nairobi/Geneva, 22 March 2019 – The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), speaking at the end of a visit to Beira, Mozambique and surrounding areas, said:

“The scale and scope of suffering and damage is breath taking. Hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted in some way. We must respond fast and at scale, and prepare to accompany the affected populations on a longer term.”

Mr Sy visited areas outside of Beira that were flooded by the cyclone. He also joined Mozambique Red Cross volunteers at the port in Beira as they received people who had been evacuated from flooded areas by boat.

“I was able to fly over some of the flooded areas. The scale of this crisis is staggering. But we can’t forget that it is an intimate and human crisis. Tens of thousands of families have lost everything. Children have lost parents. Communities have lost schools and clinics.

Emergency water and sanitation units deployed to disaster-struck Mozambique

Beira/Nairobi/Geneva, 21 March 2019 – Two major emergency response units are being deployed to Beira in Mozambique as the world’s largest humanitarian network continues to scale up its response to Cyclone Idai.

The first will provide basic sanitation facilities for up to 20,000 people. The second will produce up to 225,000 litres of clean water per day – enough for 15,000 people. The humanitarian experts accompanying the units will arrive in the coming days, with the equipment to arrive in Beira early next week.

Jamie LeSueur, the Head of Operations in Mozambique for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said:

“We know that health risks can rise dramatically in the aftermath of any emergency, let alone one of this magnitude. We are concerned about the potential spread of waterborne disease. These emergency response units will be crucial for preventing that spread, and for making sure that people have the basic support they need.”

Operational update on Cyclone Idai: Assistance for separated families, deep concern for rural villages

ICRC - News Release No. 19/08
22 March 2019

In the wake of devastating Cyclone Idai, the International Committee of the Red (ICRC) is deploying additional staff to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi to work with International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and national Red Cross societies in the relief efforts. An update on the situation in central Mozambique and ICRC’s response plans:

“Every day we discover that the destruction left by Cyclone Idai is worse than we imagined. We are deeply concerned about remote communities that are cut-off by flooding and landslides and are yet to receive any humanitarian assistance. More rain is expected to come, which will compound the suffering of people who have already lost everything,” said Hicham Mandoudi, the ICRC’s head of sub-delegation in Beira, Mozambique.

Statement by ICRC president Peter Maurer upon ending his 5-day visit to Damascus and north-eastern Syria

ICRC - News Release No. 19/09
22 March 2019

I have seen the dire conditions and witnessed the efforts to manage the tens of thousands of people pouring into the camp – now hosting over 74,000 people. The needs are huge and the camp is overwhelmed. 

Media attention has focused upon the fate of the foreign fighters. But these are a small percentage of those in Al Hol and the other camps. Around 90% of those arriving are women and children, many of whom have been through extremely traumatic experiences. Dozens of children have died because of the cold and conditions in Al Hol in the last weeks.

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