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13,000 houses damaged in 'catastrophic' Bahamas hurricane – Red Cross

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:56 PM

There is no immediate word on casualties in the low-lying islands

DORIAN. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC on September 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NOAA/RAMMB/HANDOUT

2 million in need of aid after Iran floods – Red Crescent

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the 'largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years'

IRAN FLOODS. Barricades are set up to contain water in a flooded street in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, on April 10, 2019. Photo by atta Kenar/AFP

First aid since January reaches displaced Syrians near Jordan border

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'The UN and SARC are delivering humanitarian assistance to 50,000 people in need at Rukban camp in southeast Syria,' the UN says in a statement

BORDER. In this file photo taken on March 1, 2017, Syrian refugee patients from the makeshift Rukban camp, which lies in no-man's-land off the border between Syria and Jordan in the remote northeast, cross over to visit a UN-operated medical clinic immediately on the Jordanian-side for checkups. File photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Aid enters besieged Syria region hit by hunger crisis

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:59 AM

Eastern Ghouta was once a prime agricultural region, but the rebel stronghold has been under a tight government siege since 2013, causing shortages of food and medicine

SCRAMBLE FOR HELP. A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent tries to organize Syrians waiting to be seen by a doctor at a hospital in Kafr Batna on October 30, 2017, after a convoy carrying aid for some 40,000 people entered the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria's capital Damascus. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Syria rebel fire kills 3 in Red Crescent center – monitor

Feb 09, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The rocket fire hits a Syrian Arab Red Crescent distribution center in the Hamdaniyah neighbourhood of the city which was fully recaptured by government forces in December after a months long siege and heavy fighting

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

South Korea rules out flood aid to North Korea

Sep 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

If Seoul gave any help Kim Jong Un would take all undue credit for it says Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon Hee

Aid convoy attacked as Syria ceasefire collapses

Sep 20, 2016 - 8:22 AM

UPDATED Syria s military announced the end to the truce accusing rebels of more than 300 violations and failing to commit to a single element of the US Russia deal

Syrians sit and look at the rubble following an air strike in Aleppo's rebel-controlled neighborhood of Karm al-Jabal on September 18, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

#WorldFirstAidDay: First aid for children and by children

Sep 10, 2016 - 4:31 PM

The 2016 theme for World First Aid Day reflects both the reality that today s children face when it comes to the dangers of everyday life as well as our best hope in resolving these problems

WORLD FIRST AID DAY. A Philippine Red Cross (PRC) volunteer demonstrates to children common first aid skills on September 10 at the Manila Ocean Park, where the humanitarian organization is observing the World First Aid Day. Photo by PRC

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

Why international humanitarian law compliance should be universal

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:05 PM

In celebrating the International Humanitarian Law Day we must be ever mindful of what those laws mean and why they matter in modern society

Food aid enters Syria's besieged Daraya for first time since 2012 – Red Crescent

Jun 10, 2016 - 9:45 AM

An estimated 8 000 people live in Daraya one of the first towns in Syria to erupt in anti government demonstrations in 2012 and one of the first under a strict regime siege the same year

AID FOR SYRIA. In this file photo, Syrians unload a Syrian Arab Red Crescent truck bringing aid to Douma, Outskirts of Damascus, Syria, May 26, 2016. File photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA

More migrant bodies wash up on Libyan beaches

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:50 AM

Over 130 bodies are found on beaches in Libya over the past 4 days

epa05343251 A buoyancy aid lies on a beach where bodies of migrants washed up, in Zuwarah, west of Tripoli, Libya, 02 June 2016. According to media reports citing Red Crescent officials, at least 85 bodies have washed up onto Libyan beaches this week. EPA/STR

New aid convoy enters besieged Syrian town

Jan 14, 2016 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross says 44 aid trucks carrying food and other supplies entered Madaya on Thursday January 14

A handout image dated January 11, 2016, made available by the International Committee of the Red Cross, showing a convoy of vehicles seen en route to Madaya, Syria. Pawel Krzysiek/ICRC/Handout/EPA

Aid trucks enter starvation-hit Syria town

Jan 12, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Residents of Madaya Syria say they have no food no water and no electricity

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces on 'day of rage'

Sep 19, 2015 - 10:27 AM

At Kafr Kaddum near Nablus Israeli fire wounded 3 Palestinians in their arms and legs says the Palestinian Red Crescent

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.

International aid groups rush to reach Nepal quake victims

Apr 26, 2015 - 2:00 AM

Aid organizations responding to the emergency struggle to assess the needs with communications cut off around the Himalayan nation

Almost 180 migrants rescued off Tunisia

Apr 13, 2015 - 11:16 PM

The Red Crescent says the migrants 94 on one boat and 84 on the other sent out a distress call from off the coast of southeast Tunisia as they headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa

Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Zarzis, some 50 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on April 13, 2015. 174 migrants were rescued from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy, the Red Crescent and an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO/ FETHI NASRI

Syria conflict claimed lives of 50 volunteers – Red Crescent

Apr 05, 2015 - 6:54 AM

In a tweet the International Committee of the Red Cross deplores the loss of the 50 Red Crescent volunteers it says died saving the lives of others in Syria since the conflict erupted in March 2011

Ebola aid workers still facing hostility – Red Cross

Dec 03, 2014 - 11:22 AM

Hostility from locals has been a persistent problem for foreign aid workers who are confronted with wild theories which place them as the authors of a global conspiracy to harvest the blood and organs of black Africans

DAILY STRUGGLE. In this file photo, a Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014. Carl de Souza/AFP

Safe and dignified burials key to ending Ebola epidemic – WHO

Nov 08, 2014 - 12:38 PM

The World Health Organization has set a target of ensuring that 70 of Ebola burials in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone are safe by December 1

DIGNIFIED BURIALS. A Liberian Red Cross burial team retrieves the body of a suspected victim of Ebola in Banjor, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 24 October 2014. Fle photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/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

#AfterYolanda: Red Cross volunteers still helping

Nov 04, 2014 - 7:46 PM

A year after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan some 8 000 Red Cross volunteers and personnel are still doing humanitarian work in affected areas

REBUILDING. Red Cross gives GI sheets to Yolanda survivors so they can rebuild their homes. Photo from PRC

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:39 PM

With experts warning the rate of infections could reach 10 000 a week by early December researchers around the world are scrambling to beat the tropical fever

A health workers in protective suit puts glasses on, on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Cuba sends more doctors to Ebola-hit west Africa

Oct 23, 2014 - 9:02 AM

The death toll from the outbreak nears 4 900 and countries race to get experimental vaccines ready for real world use

TO THE FRONTLINE. The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of medicines and medical material from a plane upon their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014. Florian Plaucheur/AFP

Yolanda deadliest natural disaster of 2013 – Red Cross

Oct 16, 2014 - 9:07 AM

In its annual report on disasters the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC warns that the outlook is bleak

DECIMATED. Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the city on November 8. AFP/Ted Aljibe

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

Ban condemns water cuts in Syria's Aleppo

May 17, 2014 - 8:14 AM

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon says depriving civilians essential supplies such as water is a clear breach of international humanitarian and human rights law

May 4, 2014 file photo

Deal for Syria rebels to withdraw from Homs bastion

May 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

The agreement comes after government forces began an assault against the few remaining rebel held areas in the city last month

WITHDRAW FROM HOMS. Syrian policemen and citizens inspect the damage at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasid neighborhood, Homs province, Syria, April 29, 2014. Photo by STR/EPA

Homs evacuations resume as Syria peace talks falter

Feb 13, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Government and opposition delegations again met face to face on day three of the second round of talks in Switzerland but the government side refused even to discuss a transition plan put forward by the opposition

MERCY MISSION. A convoy of ambulances and trucks carrying food and medical supply offered by the Red Crescent and UN drives through the city of Homs, Syria, 10 February 2014. EPA/Stringer

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

Aid mission to Syria's Homs on hold, peace talks falter

Feb 12, 2014 - 7:46 AM

The tone at a second round of peace talks that began in Geneva on Monday has so far kept expectations of a breakthrough low

MERCY MISSION. A convoy of ambulances and trucks carrying food and medical supply offered by the Red Crescent and UN drives through the city of Homs, Syria, 10 February 2014. EPA/Stringer

Aid mission in Syria's Homs extended as talks resume

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED The humanitarian exit operation is part of a deal brokered by the United Nations between the regime and the Syrian opposition after months of negotiations

MERCY MISSION. A convoy of ambulances and trucks carrying food and medical supply offered by the Red Crescent and UN drives through the city of Homs, Syria, 10 February 2014. EPA/Stringer

Syria aid teams prepare to renew Homs evacuations

Feb 10, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Discussions were underway as to whether the 3 day truce would be extended to allow for further humanitarian operations

EVACUATION. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 9, 2014, shows civilians on a bus as they are evacuated from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

Hundreds evacuated from Syria's Homs on eve of talks

Feb 09, 2014 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED State television said the operation – the second evacuation in 3 days – took place under fire from armed terrorist groups

DISPLACED. An image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus hangs on the partially destroyed wall of a house belonging to a Christian family in a neighbourhood besieged by government forces in the central Syrian city of Homs on February 1, 2014. Photo by AFP

Aid enters Syrian city despite attack

Feb 09, 2014 - 7:18 AM

The long delayed humanitarian mission was in its second day after the evacuation of 83 children women and elderly people who have survived more than 600 days under a choking army blockade

MUCH-NEEDED VISITORS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 8, 2014, allegedly shows a convoy of United Nations and Syrian Red Crescent vehicles waiting to enter the regime-held areas of the Syrian city of Homs. SANA/Handout/AFP

UN aid to enter Syria's Homs after first evacuations

Feb 08, 2014 - 9:54 AM

According to the United Nations 83 civilians were evacuated under a 3 day humanitarian pause

Helping smart: Haiyan and lessons from past disasters

Nov 14, 2013 - 10:42 PM

Aid agencies and disaster experts give lessons and best practices on responding to calamities of Haiyan s scale

UN fears children going hungry in Syria battle zones

Nov 01, 2013 - 9:44 PM

Teams from WFP and Syria s Red Crescent have been unable to reach Syrians trapped in 38 different conflict stricken locations since mid 2012 notably around the capital Damascus

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

More than 270 killed in huge Pakistan quake

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:44 AM

UPDATED The 7 7 magnitude quake kills more than 270 people

RESCUE. Pakistani Army rescue and relief teams leave Karachi for the earthquake-hit areas. Photo by Rehan Khan/EPA

Two Red Crescent staffers killed in Afghanistan

Apr 17, 2013 - 11:14 PM

It looks like they were deliberately attacked The vehicle was clearly marked says Robin Waudo communication director of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC

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

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

Red Cross calls for USD 2.8-M to help Sendong survivors

Dec 21, 2011 - 6:51 PM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent IFRC Societies issued an appeal on Wednesday December 20 for USD 2 8 million to help the Philippine Red Cross in delivering assistance to 25 000 people who have been severely affected by Typhoon Sendong