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Nigeria: 22,000 people registered as missing after a decade of war, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s highest caseload in the world

Nearly 60 percent were minors at the time they went missing, meaning thousands of parents don’t know where their children are and if they are alive or dead

Nearly 22,000 Nigerians have been reported as missing to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) during a decade of conflict in northeast Nigeria, the highest number of missing persons registered with the ICRC in any country. Nearly 60 percent were minors at the time they went missing, meaning…

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South Sudan: One year after peace deal, violence and humanitarian needs haven’t decreased

A statement from James Reynolds, ICRC’s head of delegation in South Sudan, on the situation in the country one year after the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan

One year after the signing of the peace deal, violence is still pervasive in South Sudan, as clashes between communities threaten lives and the fragile stability. Surgical teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continue to treat a large number of patients with gunshot wounds, while needs…

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Burkina Faso: Growing Violence Threatens Health Care

The ICRC has been working to support Burkina Faso’s health professionals, with medical kits, and vaccination campaigns

Away from the world’s attention, Burkina Faso has been slipping into violence. In less than a year, the number of displaced has increased fivefold, from 50,000 last December, to 270,000 in August. As ever, the most vulnerable suffer most: the very young, and the very old. When Alidou Sawadogo’s elderly…

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ICRC, Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) help returnees in Ethiopia engage in income-generating activities

The project is aimed at helping returnees to become self-supportive by engaging them in various small businesses of their choice

Hiywot Gebreegziabher, a 40 years old woman, returned home to Ethiopia in 2017 after living as refugee in Eritrea for many years. When she arrived in Mekelle town in north Ethiopia, she was worried as she had nothing to support herself and her young daughter. And so she had to…

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Nigeria: Sowing seeds of hope in Wuro Dadi

In recent times, the village of Wuro Dadi has been adversely affected by communal violence. Today, however, its residents are returning to farming as they work towards regaining self-sufficiency

The sleepy, quiet and slow pace of Wuro Dadi village situated on the banks of the Benue river, north-eastern Nigeria, belies its recent history; one of violence and destruction, when gunfire rent the air and residents fled in panic. Wuro Dadi lies on the outskirts of Yola, the capital city…

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42,000 returnees receive seeds and tools in west Ethiopia

ICRC and Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) partner to help returnees improve their food security

"We are very happy with the seeds and tools we received from the Red Cross as it will help us to cultivate our farms and secure food which we are in dire need," says Herpe Mekonnen, a single mom raising five kids by herself. Herpe is among the 42,000 people…

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South Sudan: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) facilitates release of 15 detainees

The ICRC was not involved in any negotiations that preceded the releases, which were initiated through a specific request by the parties to the conflict

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has facilitated the release of 15 persons detained in relation to the conflict in South Sudan. The operation marks the second release of prisoners supervised by the ICRC since the signing of the latest peace agreement - the Revitalized Agreement on the…

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Operational update on Mali: Food delivered to attack survivors; psychological wounds being addressed

Since the beginning of the year, four major attacks have taken place against villages in Central Mali

Food and essential household items have been delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the survivors of an attack on the village of Sobané Da in Central Mali. Since the beginning of the year, four major attacks have taken place against villages in Central Mali, a…

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A renewed hope for livestock owners in Sudan

The vaccination programme jointly undertaken by the ICRC and the Sudanese Ministry of Animal Resources aims at vaccinating livestock against common diseases

Musa, was one of the scores of livestock owners who brought their cattle to the vaccination centre in Wadaa in North Darfur, to be vaccinated during a vaccination programme organised by the ICRC. It was unusual that he accompanied them to the vaccination site, rather than send one of his…

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Operational update on Libya: Fierce fighting amid fears of protracted violence

Whether living near the frontlines or in calmer areas, people are finding it increasingly difficult to go about their lives

The conflict in Tripoli continues with no end in sight over two months after it began. Casualties are steadily mounting in the eastern and southern parts of the city, and as many as 90,000 people are estimated to have already been displaced, while tens of thousands may be trapped in…