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By: Harriet Sherwood

April 11, 2011

Tens of thousands of children trapped in intense fighting in Misrata are in serious danger amid concern over a humanitarian crisis in the only city in western Libya not under the control of Muammar Gaddafi.

At least 20 children, mostly under the age of 10, have been killed in the besieged city in the past month, according to Unicef, the UN children’s agency. Many more have been injured by gunfire or shrapnel from mortars and tank shells. (more…)

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By: Julius Cavendish

March 25, 2011

Civilians have long borne the brunt of the fighting in Afghanistan, though incidents where they have been deliberately targeted by Nato troops are rare.

The fact that the murders allegedly committed by the “kill squad” came to light precisely because the US military had launched its own investigation – which was picked up by the press not in Afghanistan, but in the US, where the courts martial were to take place – show that the way it self-regulates and disciplines its personnel can work at critical junctures. (more…)

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Jon Rainwater

March 23, 2011

A palpable air of confusion and international infighting dominated the opening days of the Libyan war. On Sunday, Arab League chief Amr Moussa raised eyebrows when he said: “What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not shelling more civilians.” (more…)

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http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/JARR-8EYJ3Q?OpenDocument&clickid=headlines

The first two months of 2011 have seen a dramatic deterioration in the security situation for ordinary Afghans. (more…)

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News Release
http://www.icrc.org
October 12, 2010

Geneva/Kabul (ICRC) – The number of war casualties taken to Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar for treatment is hitting record highs. The hospital, which is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), registered almost twice as many new patients with weapon-related injuries in August and September 2010 as during the same months last year – close to 1,000 compared with just over 500 during the same period in 2009.

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Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Date: 08 Sep 2010

War Victims Monitor Editor’s Note: The following is an edited overview of the International Committee of the Red Cross initiatives for war-affected civilians in Colombia.

In the lead-up to Colombia’s presidential elections in May and June 2010, clashes intensified between the police and armed forces and the FARC in the south of the country, especially in Caquetá, Cauca, Guaviare, Huila and Nariño. Thousands of Colombians living in certain rural areas are facing the consequences of the armed conflict, including limited access to basic services such as medical care, education, water and sanitation. The ICRC is carrying out a large part of its work in the 25 rural areas worst hit by the armed conflict.

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01 Sep 2010
Source: AlertNet
By Olga Kravets

SARAJEVO (AlertNet) – Milan Mandic, a 55-year-old engineer from Sarajevo, knows exactly where his father Bozo was executed and then buried in June 1992, at the start of the war in Bosnia. But he cannot retrieve his father’s remains and the only way for him to prove he has inherited his father’s land and the ruins of the house on the outskirts of Sarajevo is to keep the path in front of the property clean and tidy. “I don’t want to declare my father dead before his remains are found. He is alive for me even now, 18 years later. But until I produce a valid document that he is dead, I will not be able to get anything,” Mandic said.

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