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South Sudan: ICRC facilitates the release of 23 persons including 11 children

Among the persons handed over to the ICRC figures the four-year-old child of a late IOM-volunteer who died during fighting end of October

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has facilitated the release and transport to Juba of 23 persons – including 11 children – previously held in Central Equatoria, in relation to the conflict in South Sudan. On 29 December 2019, the ICRC received a request from the National Salvation Front (NAS) –…

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Somalia: Spare the civilians, Red Cross and Red Crescent tell warring parties

The attack is one of the deadliest in recent years and evoked the horror of the twin blasts in the heart of Mogadishu that killed nearly 580 people in October 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) call on all armed actors to show restraint and take constant care to spare civilians in accordance with international humanitarian law. Almost 90 people were killed in the weekend bombing in Mogadishu, and more than…

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Madagascar: Red Cross teams on alert ahead of Cyclone Belna’s arrival

Red Cross volunteers are in place to evacuate communities in the path of the cyclone and conduct hygiene promotion sessions to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases

Madagascar is on high alert as Cyclone Belna barrels towards the country’s north-western coast. Red Cross disaster response teams in Boeny and Melaky regions have activated response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall this evening. Andreas Sandin, Operations Coordinator for IFRC in East Africa, who is in Madagascar to…

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Mozambique: Armed Violence Exacerbates Suffering in Cyclone Aftermath

In the last two years, hundreds of people have been wounded and killed, homes burned down, and property looted

Armed violence in Mozambique’s northernmost province Cabo Delgado is forcing scores of people from their homes, destroying villages and health centres, and making it difficult for families to recover from Cyclone Kenneth, which hit the area in April 2019. Attacks on Mozambicans have been recurrent in Cabo Delgado since 2017.…

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) preparing for major expansion of sports programs for people with disabilities

One country where the ICRC works with disabled athletes is South Sudan

With the goal of increasing sports opportunities and societal acceptance for people with disabilities, the International Committee of the Red Cross is in the midst of a major expansion of its sports programs for people with disabilities. Next year the ICRC will expand its programs into nine new countries*, bringing…

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North Kivu: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) cares for the wounded and calls for restraint

The wounded are being transported to hospitals and other facilities supported by the ICRC, including a referral hospital in Beni

The ICRC has been providing medicines and other essential medical supplies to health-care facilities around Beni to help deal with the influx of patients caused by a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the area. More than 30 people have been treated so far. "We are calling on everyone involved…

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South Sudan: 100 days to alleviate the suffering of millions

Many South Sudanese fear the current fragile stability could be short-lived and that conflict could break out once again

Following the decision to extend the pre-transitional period by 100 days, peace and stability remain more than ever the prerequisites to alleviate the suffering of millions of South Sudanese. In the absence of a political solution and if high levels of violence were to return, the International Committee of the…

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Somalia: Red Crescent fears disease outbreaks in flood aftermath

More than 50 Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) volunteers are in Beledweyne town responding to the immediate aftermath of the floods

As flood rescue and recovery efforts continue in Somalia, the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) fears the floods could trigger deadly outbreaks of malaria, diarrhea, and other infectious diseases. “These floods have already cost lives and our concern is that another fatal disaster is on its way,” said Abdi Abdullahi…

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Helping vulnerable displaced people in Burkina Faso

Since the start of the year, close to half a million people in Burkina Faso have been forced to flee the fighting

Fighting in the Sahel, Centre-North and North regions of Burkina Faso has forced thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks. In Soum province (Sahel), hundreds of farmers and their families had to flee to the province's capital Djibo. "A lot of women and children left everything to escape…

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Displacement spike in Burkina Faso shows need for Kampala Convention on its 10th anniversary

The Kampala Convention was adopted on 23 October 2009 and came into force in 2012

This year Burkina Faso hits record levels of people forced from their homes by violence while exactly 10 years ago member States of the African Union became the first in the world to adopt a legally binding framework to assist and protect internally displaced persons. The surge in population displacement…