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[OPINION] My organization assists victims of war; what does COVID-19 mean for them?

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

We see the world at its worst, which is why I want world leaders and governments to listen carefully: I am scared

Afghan Taliban rescind ban on Red Cross

Sep 15, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Taliban also restores security guarantees for those working for the ICRC

RED CROSS. In this file photo, an Afghan resident walks at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) hospital in Herat province on August 17, 2014. Aref Karimi/AFP

Red Cross: Two years after Marawi siege, thousands of evacuees still homeless

May 26, 2019 - 12:15 AM

'We can only do so much. The authorities still have the primary responsibility of providing sustainable solutions to help the people of Marawi,' says the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross

TWO YEARS SINCE. Affected residents of Marawi City mark the 2nd anniversary of the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] War and law: Shooting-to-kill armed rebels

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

It cannot be presumed a priori that 'no armed NPA will surrender to authorities,' because it has in fact happened. And any lethal self-defense can be justified only in the face of armed resistance.

First aid flight in weeks lands in rebel-held Yemen capital

Nov 25, 2017 - 7:50 PM

But the UN adds that shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remains blocked

AID. A technician unloads doses of vaccines from a plane after it landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 25, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Marawi women's tale: We want to go home, but our homes are destroyed

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Two young mothers from Marawi recall the moment they fled the fighting and how they are coping with life in evacuation centers

Philippine Red Cross raises P37-M as it celebrates its 70th anniversary

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:04 PM

On May 13 the humanitarian group will stage the 4th Million Volunteer Run across the country completing its extensive network of one million volunteers

THANK YOU. PRC Chairman Richard Gordon (r) and Sec. Gen. Oscar Palabyab (l) are flanked by volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross. Photo credit: PRC

Surviving poverty and conflict in Northern Samar

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:06 PM

A young humanitarian shares her experience that reminded her how so much more needs to be done to put an end to the armed conflicts in the Philippines and to improve the quality of life of Filipinos

STRUGGLE ON THE ROAD. These two men struggle to bring their abaca to the town market. It has been raining for days and they need the income, so they risked the trip.

Red Cross urges release of 2 staff abducted in Afghanistan

Feb 18, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The ICRC has not specified who was behind the abduction

RED CROSS. In this file photo, an Afghan resident walks at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) hospital in Herat province on August 17, 2014. Aref Karimi/AFP

Finding each other again after 10 years

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Beginning of an invaluable and lasting reunion for a family starts with a single piece of paper

Mila meets her brother Johnny 10 years after losing contact. ©ICRC/Liw Agbayani

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 6, 2016

Dec 06, 2016 - 9:41 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

Red Cross survey shows surging acceptance of torture in conflict

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:02 AM

A vast Red Cross survey indicates that acceptance of torture during war has increased dramatically in recent decades with fewer than half of people now categorically rejecting the practice

MOURNING. Kashmiri relatives of Qaiser Hamid, 16, mourn during his funeral in Srinagar on November 5, 2016. The teenager died in hospital in Srinagar on November 4, after alleged torture by police while in custody. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa / AFP

Aleppo one of 'most devastating urban conflicts' – Red Cross

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:41 AM

ICRC: No one and nowhere is safe Shell fire is constant with houses schools and hospitals all in the line of fire People live in a state of fear

A Syrian man covered with dust carries pieces of metal on a street cluttered with rubble following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo, on August 15, 2016. Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

Syria aid deliveries postponed over violence: Red Cross

Mar 14, 2016 - 11:54 PM

Aid groups are unable to deliver much needed food packages to four besieged towns in war torn Syria on Monday March 14 the International Committee of the Red Cross says citing security problems

AID. A Red Crescent convoy carrying humanitarian aid arrives in Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 23, 2016 during an operation in cooperation with the UN to deliver aid to thousands of besieged Syrians. Photo by Amer Almohibany / AFP

Displaced people in Maguindanao meet their basic needs

May 22, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Around 15 000 families in evacuation centers in 6 Maguindanao towns receive food and supplies from ICRC

MAGUINDANAO DISTRIBUTION.  The ICRC provides emergency relief assistance to displaced residents of Maguindanao.

US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds – report

May 22, 2015 - 7:48 AM

The supply chain could possibly include International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals It remains unclear if the idea was ever acted on

MEDICINES. Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

Standing strong amidst disasters and wars

May 19, 2015 - 10:00 AM

How safe water and resilient shelters ensure a community s recovery

CHILDREN AND WARS. While many villagers in Mabini have grown used to the realities of armed conflict, children are still in fear whenever they hear gunshots during clashes.

UN Security Council declines to back Russia's Yemen appeal

May 02, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Diplomats say the Russian statement appealing for an immediate ceasefire or at least humanitarian pause in Yemen was not rejected out of hand but that council members need time to consider the wording

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Humanitarian work 'riskier, more dynamic' – ICRC head

Aug 29, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Humanitarian aid workers are facing greater risks in delivering aid to disaster zones and conflict areas around the world

IMPRESSED. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) president Peter Maurer and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman Dick Gordon tour areas affected by typhoon Haiyan in Samar, Philippines. All photos from ICRC Philipines

Europe blasts Russia over Ukraine incursion as convoy waits

Aug 15, 2014 - 9:49 PM

If there are any Russian military personnel or vehicles in Ukraine they need to be withdrawn immediately or the consequences will be very serious British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says

Red Cross denies coordinating Russian aid convoy to Ukraine

Aug 09, 2014 - 6:56 PM

The charity says while it had received an offer from Moscow to organize aid convoys and would welcome any effort to ease civilian suffering in the region no such action had taken place

DEVASTATION. A wounded anti-government protester is evacuated during clashes with riot police on Kiev's Independence square on February 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PIERO QUARANTA

Use lessons of AIDS to fight Ebola – Red Cross chief

Aug 07, 2014 - 8:37 AM

Elhadj As Sy: Communities are part of the solution and they shouldn t be seen as a problem

Elhadj As Sy, then Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa of UNICEF, is photographed in a press conference at the United Nations in New York, 14 September 2011. Mark Garten/UN Photo

Red Cross nudges world: Don't forget Haiyan

Feb 12, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Nearly 100 days after the super typhoon the Philippines receives only a fifth of the aid that the world promised

Red Cross says ordered to suspend Sudan work

Feb 01, 2014 - 6:19 PM

Sudan s Humanitarian Aid Commission sent a letter to the ICRC informing them to suspend their activities citing some technical issues related to which ICRC hoped to undertake this year in the war torn country

SUSPENDED. Sudanese authorities have ordered the Red Cross to suspend its activities, the organization said on February 1, 2014 in the latest restriction to be placed on foreign aid workers in the country. File photo by Waakhe Wudu/AFP

The Comfort of Closure: Restoring family links

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Two months after Yolanda the Red Cross Tracing Team continue to search for missing persons in the ravaged areas

Building “storm-resilient” shelters

Dec 28, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Two months after Typhoon Yolanda shelter remains the biggest challenge for the Philippine government and aid agencies

ICRC to distribute water, medical aid in Eastern Samar

Nov 30, 2013 - 7:51 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross will focus on delivering drinking water and medical aid to thousands of affected people in Samar

WAITING FOR WATER. Filipino children line up for water at the French emergency firemen camp in the super typhoon-devastated city of Guiuan, Samar island, Philippines. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Bomb kills 27 in Syria as US presses for peace talks

Oct 14, 2013 - 10:00 PM

A car bomb kills 27 in northwest Syria as the US pressed for peace talks in the country

CAR BOMB. This picture shows vehicles burning following an explosion in Idlib province, according to to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. AFP PHOTO /SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

4 of 7 kidnapped aid workers freed in Syria: Red Cross

Oct 14, 2013 - 8:59 PM

3 of 6 ICRC aid workers and a Red Crescent colleague have been freed after being kidnapped in Syria

FREED. 3 International Committee of the Red Cross aid workers and a Red Crescent volunteer have been freed so far.

Gunmen kidnap Red Cross workers in war-ravaged Syria

Oct 14, 2013 - 7:52 AM

A key opposition group meanwhile said it would not attend any Geneva peace talks

Red Cross appeals to AFP, MNLF: Spare civilians

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:37 AM

Aid arrives in Zamboanga City for the evacuees

CRAMMED. Evacuees fleeing the fighting between tghe military and rebels cram the stands of the Zamboanga City sports complex, September 11, 2013. Photo by Regine Mendoza/Rappler

Red Cross stops staff movement after Afghan attack

May 31, 2013 - 3:56 PM

The Red Cross stops providing food and medical aid in Afghanistan after a suicide and gun attack on its office

AID STOPPED. The Red Cross stops providing food and medical aid in Afghanistan as a consequence of the suicide and gun attack on its office.  AFP / Noorullah Shirzada

Tales from a disaster

Dec 26, 2012 - 5:51 PM

Two weeks after Pablo victims in Davao Oriental remain patient and resilient

After 'Pablo:' Water and sanitation a rising concern

Dec 22, 2012 - 8:15 PM

In the wake of the disaster and current state of water and sanitation outbreak of diseases is closely being monitored

PH says Filipinos not 'human shields' in Gaza

Nov 21, 2012 - 3:28 PM

4 Filipinos have requested to leave the Gaza Strip and return to the Philippines according to the DFA

GAZA ATTACKED. A Palestinian woman cries after she evacuated her home to take shelter at a United Nations (UN) school in Gaza City on November 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED ABED

You have a missing relative? Check this out

Nov 13, 2012 - 6:33 PM

ICRC launches a website www familylinks icrc org to allow users to find missing relatives through Red Cross and Red Crescent networks worldwide

French minister: Syrian regime should be ‘smashed fast’

Aug 17, 2012 - 8:50 PM

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says Syria s Bashar al Assad doesn t deserve to be on this earth

How the military should behave

Aug 13, 2012 - 3:16 PM

How should the Philippine military behave to respect humanitarian law? A new poster by the ICRC shows them what to do

Groups condemn draft arms treaty

Jul 25, 2012 - 7:43 AM

Rarely speaking out on controversy the International Red Cross joins opponents of a draft arms trade treaty of the United Nations

More than 100 dead as violence stepped up in Syria

Jun 24, 2012 - 8:28 AM

More than 100 people were reported killed Saturday June 23 in violence across Syria as Turkey downplayed the Syrian shooting down of a Turkish plane while President Bashar al Assad formed a new cabinet with key posts unchanged

French journalist released by leftist rebels in Colombia

May 31, 2012 - 6:45 AM

The release of Romeo Langlois ends more than a month in captivity under the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC

Red Cross, media discuss challenges of reporting on violence

Oct 14, 2011 - 8:00 AM

The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC and representatives from various media organizations in East Asia Southeast Asia and the Pacific gather today October 14 in Manila to tackle theof reporting on violence and other emergencies