Afghanistan: fuel, medicine and fresh water reach hospital in Ghazni

Kabul (ICRC) – Since intense fighting broke out four days ago in Ghazni, Central Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross has provided dressing packages and oral and intravenous medicine to treat wounded at the provincial ...

DR Congo: Specialist Red Cross Ebola team arrives in North Kivu

Joint News Release No. 18/40 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies DR Congo: Specialist Red Cross Ebola team arrives in North Kivu Kinshasa/Geneva (ICRC/IFRC) ...

Ethiopia: Violence driving dire displacement crisis as rainy seasons sets in

ICRC - News Release No. 18/39
12 July 2018

Geneva/Addis Ababa (ICRC) — Inter-communal clashes in southern Ethiopia are fueling a rapidly swelling humanitarian crisis in which more than 800,000 people are forcibly displaced from their homes and do not have food, clean water, shelter, or other basic necessities. 

“This crisis is completely off the radar of the international community and the consequences of this neglect could be dire,” said Shirin Hanafieh, ICRC’s assessment team leader. “If humanitarian assistance is not scaled up quickly, people will be at-risk of malnutrition and disease outbreaks, especially as the rainy season sets in.”

Restrictive immigration policies creating a “new walled order”, says IFRC report

New York 10 July 2018 – A new report by the world’s largest humanitarian network is calling on governments to remove the barriers that prevent vulnerable migrants from accessing basic services and humanitarian aid.

Speaking in New York during the final round of negotiations of the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration, Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said:

“All people, regardless of immigration status, should have access to basic services and humanitarian assistance. There is no need to mistreat people to have proper border control.  Preventing access to adequate food, basic health care, and legal advice about their rights is completely unacceptable. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Statement from ICRC President Peter Maurer following his visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh: "This is a lose-lose situation for people"

ICRC Statement
03 July 2018

Dhaka (ICRC) – I am leaving this region with a sober assessment of the situation here. I travelled to both sides of the border – to the northern parts of Rakhine State where people had fled violence in huge numbers and to the camps of Cox’s Bazar.

I met those who stayed and those who left and it is clear that people are suffering on both sides. People lack secure housing, electricity, latrines, medicine and health care. There are few options for people to earn an income to allow them to move beyond aid and emergency conditions.

Over a million people live in misery, held hostage to a profoundly unsettling contradiction.

Those sheltering in the camps of Cox’s Bazar live in shocking conditions that violate human dignity. With the monsoons arriving, their lives will only get worse. They cannot stay and they cannot return.

Red Cross warns of rising needs as number of people migrating through the Balkans increases

Budapest, 18 June 2018 – Thousands of people making their way through the Balkans are in desperate need of basic humanitarian services and support, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The number of people entering Europe through Greece and then making their way towards Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina is increasing. More than 5,600 people have reached Bosnia and Herzegovina since the beginning of January, compared with just 754 across the whole of 2017.

In Montenegro, authorities have reported 557 asylum requests May 2018 – the highest monthly figure in five years. The Red Cross of Montenegro has assisted more than 1,000 people since the beginning of the year with food, clothes and medical supplies at reception centres and border crossings.

Red Cross emergency teams welcome Aquarius

Valencia, 17 June 2018 – Red Cross emergency teams are assisting hundreds of people who disembarked this morning from the Aquarius and two accompanying vessels at the Spanish port of Valencia.

The people spent almost a week at sea after being rescued from inflatable boats off the coast of Libya. Some are in need of medical attention, having suffered hypothermia, dehydration and other injuries. 

Today we witness a powerful expression of our first humanitarian principle of humanity itself – the one humanity we all share,” said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), who is in Valencia.


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Statement on Yemen: Push for Hodeida will exacerbate catastrophic humanitarian situation

ICRC - News Release No. 18/34
13 June 2018

A statement from Robert Mardini, the regional director for the Near and Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on the situation in Hodeida, Yemen.

Gaza: Surgeons, supplies being sent to Gaza to meet overwhelming medical needs

ICRC - News Release No. 18/32
31 May 2018

Jerusalem/Geneva (ICRC) – To help with an overwhelming rise in medical needs in Gaza, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is sending two surgical teams, additional medical specialists and an influx of supplies to fortify medical facilities struggling to assist residents affected by the recent violence.  

This six-month boost in assistance will help Gaza’s health system respond to longer-term needs after thousands of residents were recently wounded in violence. The ICRC is sending in additional surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, drugs and equipment. 

“Thousands of Gaza residents are confronting new, long-term medical needs that the health care system simply can’t handle,” said Robert Mardini, ICRC’s regional director of operations for the Near and Middle East. “This infusion of medical expertise and materiel will expedite the long road to recovery and relieve a stressed and overburdened health care system.”

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Fragmentation of violence increases needs, ICRC president says

ICRC - Statement No. 18/25
18 May 2018

A statement from International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer at the conclusion of a five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during which he met with President Joseph Kabila and spoke with community members at ICRC field activity affected by recent violence sites:

New dynamics of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 

Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has affected new regions over the last two years such as in Kasai and Tanganyika. We see here a fragmentation of violence, fragmentation of groups, intercommunal violence, criminality, the control of resources. Taken together they all reflect the complexity of the Congolese situation. Consequently, I can say that our presence here will be needed going forward. More humanitarian services are now required, and we need to let the international community know about the needs here. The visibility of situations in other countries is much higher, but truly the needs are great here. There are upcoming challenges the ICRC must give attention to. 

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