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Coronavirus - Somalia: Critical juncture to curb spread of COVID-19 and save lives

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is distributing gloves, bleach, and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country

Somalia is at a critical juncture where immediate action can still curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the impact that the virus could have on communities weakened by violence and conflict, where displacement, malnutrition, and outbreaks…

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Coronavirus - Africa: “We’re racing to slow the spread of COVID-19”

Many African countries have closed their borders and introduced curfews and confinement rules

The invisible threat of COVID-19 is looming in the conflict zones in Africa where the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works. Patrick Youssef, the ICRC’s incoming regional director for Africa, explains what it means for his organization to confront the pandemic as it continues to spread around the…

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COVID-19: Urgent action needed to counter major threat to life in conflict zones

An immediate and concerted response by states and humanitarian organizations is vital

It will be nearly impossible to fight COVID-19 in countries already devastated by conflict unless a concerted response by states and humanitarian organizations is launched immediately, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned. Plans to prevent and respond to the virus must urgently move forward before it…

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COVID-19 - Africa: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) response to the coronavirus in Africa

The African region has not been so severely affected so far, but if action is not taken immediately to contain the virus, it could have devastating effect

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as coronavirus, has overwhelmed advance health care systems all over the world. The African region has not been so severely affected so far, but if action is not taken immediately to contain the virus, it could have devastating effects particularly in places affected by conflict…

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Somalia: Ratification of Kampala Convention crucial step for millions displaced by conflict, violence, and climate shocks

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ’s work in Somalia particularly focuses on helping displaced people meet their most basic needs

With 2.6 million people uprooted from their homes in Somalia, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commends the Somalia government on its action to protect and help displaced families by ratifying the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa—also known as…

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South Sudan: Hundreds wounded, villages looted in intercommunal fighting in Jonglei State

The ICRC supported the South Sudan Red Cross to deliver essential items to dozens of families who fled the fighting and found refuge in Anyidi

Hundreds of people have been wounded, families forced to flee their homes, and villages looted amidst intercommunal clashes that erupted mid-February in Jonglei State. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has evacuated dozens of injured people for surgical care and calls on those engaged in the clashes to…

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Libya: Civilians face deep suffering from long conflict, as fighting forces schools, health facilities to close

More than half a million people are estimated to be in critical need of medical care

Civilians in Libya are suffering deeply from a war that is hitting neighborhoods, health facilities and schools. Daily life for many Libyans is marked by chronic fear and uncertainty as families find it harder and harder to make ends meet, President Peter Maurer of the International Committee of the Red…

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Ethiopia: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) engages with police officers on international human rights standards on policing

Police officers working mainly in the area of crime investigation took part in the seminar

Thirty-five police officers drawn from Bishoftu city, Oromia Region, enhanced their knowledge of international human rights standards and humanitarian principles on policing through a two-day seminar conducted in Bishoftu City from 23 to 24 January 2020. Police responsibilities and powers, use of force and firearms, police ethics and investigative techniques…

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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…