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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

Millennials fear nuclear attack in the next decade – survey

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Some 47% of respondents to the poll of 16,000 young people also believe it was more likely than not that there would be a third world war in their lifetime

More than 100 believed killed in Yemen air strike – ICRC

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Saudi-led military coalition says it launched air strikes against a Huthi military target that 'stores drones and missiles'

IN PHOTOS: ICRC President visits Marawi, notes 'the work is not yet done'

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:44 PM

International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer stresses the organization’s commitment to support the Philippine Red Cross’ capacity to respond to emergencies and armed conflict situations

WELCOME. ICRC President Peter Maurer with ICRC Regional Director Boris Michel, ICRC Head of Delegation Martin Thalmann, and ICRC Sub-delegation Head Roberto Petronio are welcomed by PRC staff and volunteers at the Bualan Spring Project in Lanao Del Sur on June 3, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/ICRC

13 dead as Sudan military rulers break up sit-in

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:16 PM

The military council has denied multiple reports of their forces violently dispersing the sit-in in front of army headquarters

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

Special forces in search for New Zealand nurse held hostage by ISIS

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Details of the kidnapping had been kept under wraps until the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed for news about Louisa Akavi and two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her in October 2013

KIDNAPPED. This combination of undated handout photographs released by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and created in Geneva Switzerland on April 14, 2019, shows (from): Syria's Alaa Rajab, New Zealand's Louisa Akavi and Syria's Nabil Bakdoune at undisclosed locations. (Handout/ICRC/AFP)

Bodybags, rats, waste: Disaster response turns to VR for grim training

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Virtual reality is increasingly sought after for skills training. Disaster zone rescue is the latest in a series of VR simulations from the Red Cross.

VR FOR TRAINING. This photo taken on February 26, 2019 shows a Thai forensic police officer using a virtual reality headset to search for victims in a simulated city in ruins at the police headquarters in Chon Buri province. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

(OPINION) What Nagasaki taught me: Nuclear weapons must be banned

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have long called for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

40 children killed in Yemen bus strike – Red Cross

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The new casualty toll comes as a mass funeral is held for many of the dead children on Monday, August 13

AIR STRIKE. A man transports a child to a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

[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

Yemen declares state of emergency over cholera outbreak

May 15, 2017 - 2:24 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross says the cholera outbreak has killed 115 people and left 8 500 ill between April 27 and Saturday

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

6 Red Cross staff killed, 2 missing in Afghanistan – ICRC

Feb 08, 2017 - 9:11 PM

The 6 staff members are killed in the volatile province of Jowzjan the charity adds without revealing their nationalities or who was behind the incident

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

Thousands leave Aleppo under rebel withdrawal deal

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:47 PM

UPDATED The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al Assad s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria s second city handing the regime its biggest victory in more than 5 years of civil war

ALEPPO EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

#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

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo not in fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse

FIGHTING FREEZE? Syrians at the site of airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan Al Qasr in Aleppo, Syria, April 28, 2016. Photo by Zouhir Al Shimale/EPA

Red Cross threatened by unauthorized Panama Papers link

Apr 10, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Peter Maurer president of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC says the ICRC faces specific risks by being falsely tied to mysterious or unidentified funders

RED CROSS. Local citizens get packages with humanitarian aid distributed by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the village of Pavlopol, not far of Mariupol, Ukraine, March 17, 2016. Photo by Irina Gorbasyova/EPA

Iraq forces in major push against IS in Anbar

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Iraqi forces are tightening the noose around the Islamic State group in the province as they continue to retake more cities

OFFENSIVE. Iraqi forces are trying to retake Hit, a city in the province of Anbar, from the Islamic State. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. Photo by Moadh Al-Dulaimi/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

Aleppo's rebel zones prepare for total siege

Feb 20, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Humanitarian organizations are also readying supplies in case a siege does occur

SIEGE. Although the siege is 'not yet a done deal,' residents of Aleppo prepare for it nonetheless. File photo from EPA

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

Slovenia border stand-off as Croatia buses migrants into Hungary

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Riot police use tear gas to stop several hundred migrants – some with children – pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border after a tense stand off of more than an hour

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

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

Red Cross, UN fly aid into Yemen as raids batter south

Apr 11, 2015 - 9:12 AM

The World Health Organization says nearly 650 people have been killed and more than 2 000 injured in the fighting but the actual number of fatalities is likely to be far higher

NEEDED AID. Emergency medical aid supplied by the ICRC and UNICEF is unloaded from a plane at Sana'a International Airport in Sana'a, Yemen, April 10, 2015. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yolanda survivors get back on their feet, find new work

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:32 AM

A year after the Yolanda survivors are steadily getting back on track through livelihood cash grants received from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

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

EU 'deplores' Russia's 'clear violation' of Ukraine border

Aug 22, 2014 - 10:40 PM

The criticism comes after Moscow sent a large aid convoy into the restive east of Ukraine

ROLLING IN. Ukrainian soldiers drive their Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles in the eastern Ukrainian town of Druzhkovka, Ukraine, 19 August 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine says rebels kill 'dozens' in strike on refugee convoy

Aug 18, 2014 - 10:26 PM

UPDATED The allegations come after marathon crisis talks in Berlin brought no consensus on how to end the conflict and President Petro Poroshenko said Kiev was pressing on with its drive to oust rebels

CRISIS. A Ukrainian refugee carries a child at a refugee camp about 10 km from the Izvarino Russia-Ukraine border checkpoint in Rostov region, Russia, 18 August 2014. Photo by EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

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

Deaths, refugees and damage: Syria's crisis in figures

Apr 01, 2014 - 10:26 PM

Key figures follow on the casualties and damage in the conflict which started in March 2011

Singapore president arrives April 2 for PH visit

Apr 01, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam will meet with President Aquino and Filipino and Singaporean businessmen during his 4 day visit

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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

Hundreds killed as rival troops battle in South Sudan: UN

Dec 18, 2013 - 9:02 AM

As sporadic clashes broke out in parts of the city terrified residents hunkered down at home too afraid to move

SEEKING REFUGE. Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, 17 December 2013. UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite

Cesarean-sections: A first in Basey, Samar

Dec 12, 2013 - 8:59 PM

The task of rebuilding the healthcare systems to ensure these services remains to be one of the most daunting tasks one month after Haiyan

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

Soldiers flown to Tacloban to clear roads

Nov 11, 2013 - 6:21 PM

Access to devastated areas remains a challenge to aid workers

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