Posts Tagged ‘ICRC’

The Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) repeatedly violated international humanitarian law during the last five months of their 30-year civil war. Although both sides committed atrocities throughout the many years of conflict, the scale and nature of violations particularly worsened from January 2009 to the government’s declaration of victory in May. Evidence gathered by the International Crisis Group suggests that these months saw tens of thousands of Tamil civilian men, women, children and the elderly killed, countless more wounded, and hundreds of thousands deprived of adequate food and medical care, resulting in more deaths. (more…)

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Philippines: hoping for a better life despite election fears

Although most displaced people in Central Mindanao have returned to their homes over the past year, thousands have yet to do so. The ICRC has been providing assistance for them in accordance with their needs. This is an update on these and other ICRC activities in the Philippines. (more…)

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GENEVA, Sept 1, 2009 (AFP) – At least 50 people were killed and dozens more injured over the week in intense fighting between government troops and rebels in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the United Nations said Tuesday.

If fighting were to continue at current intensity, Somalia’s humanitarian situation could further deteriorate, said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, noting that half of the country’s population already needs aid.

“Some 75 percent of the people in need are concentrated in south and central Somalia, where most of the fighting is taking place, causing loss of life and livelihoods and impeding humanitarian access,” she said. (more…)

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Fourteen-year-old Asmit Ali has no hands — they were blown off while he was playing with a piece of unexploded ordnance 10 days ago.

The Pakistani schoolboy, his face dotted with scars from the explosion, sits on a plastic chair outside his ward at a field hospital run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

His body is limp, his abdomen and the stumps of his hands are bandaged and he is barely able to speak.

“He found something — it looked like the cap of a thermos flask — and brought it home and he was playing with it when it exploded,” says his father, Shaukat Ali. (more…)

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04 Aug 2009 13:22:00 GMT
Source: AlertNet
Marika Kochiashvili

TSEROVANI, Georgia (AlertNet) –

Washing lines hanging from the concrete houses broke the dull conformity of this camp about a 30-minute drive from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. (more…)

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MAIDUGURI, 31 July 2009 (IRIN) – Security forces have killed innocent civilians and unarmed men in a crackdown on the radical religious group known as Boko Haram, which reportedly left several hundred people dead in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, residents and human rights activists told IRIN.

“It is unbelievable the way the security forces went about indiscriminately shooting and killing innocent residents of Maiduguri, and members of Boko Haram,” Shamaki Gad Peter, head of Jos-based League for Human Rights told IRIN. (more…)

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Nairobi/Geneva (ICRC) – The latest outbreak of armed clashes in Mogadishu has left dozens of people dead and hundreds wounded, leading to a new wave of displacement. Since May, tens of thousands civilians have been forced to flee the city in an attempt to escape the deadly violence.

Since last weekend, almost 300 weapon-wounded patients have been admitted to Keysaney Hospital, run by the Somali Red Crescent Society, and the community-based Medina Hospital. (more…)

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