Hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict and political instability in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Many times, one of the only items they carry with them, their only safety net, is their phone. Phones provide access to information and connection to loved ones. Learn just how important these phones can be by watching the following video (best viewed from a mobile device).Read More
Olympics: The 2016 Olympics started in Rio on August 5, with over 200 country participants. For the first time in Olympic history, there is a refugee team competing under the Olympics’ official flag. Coming from Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia, these athletes are refugees fleeing from their home countries to escape violence, persecutions, and wars. The decision to have a refugee team to compete in the Olympics was praised as it would help raising awareness of the current refugee plight as well as giving hopes to the displaced populations.Read More
Syria: The situation in Aleppo has grown more devastating as Syria’s regime continues to intensify airstrikes. The intensification of airstrikes happened as a UN envoy prepared to meet officials from the U.S. and Russia to revive peace talks.
UNICEF reported that four hospitals and a blood bank were hit by the airstrikes over the weekend, thus disrupting services that keep up to 300,000 civilians alive. As a result, a 2-day-old baby died due to the disruption of oxygen supply when the airstrike hit. The airstrikes over the weekend and during this week have resulted in at least 50 deaths in the city.Read More
Orlando Shooting: Early morning, June 13, a gunman opened fire in Pulse – a popular gay nightclub in downtown Orlando, killing 49 individuals and injuring 53. This shooting is considered the worse mass shooting in U.S. history. More than 30 injured individuals are still hospitalized as of Tuesday, June 14 – six of them in critical conditions. All the victims were identified.
The American Red Cross released a media statement on the morning after the mass shooting, offering condolences to families of the victims and people in Orlando.Read More
Steve McAndrew knows the horrors resulting from the Syrian Civil War all too well, having directed three operations on behalf of the Geneva-based International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent – first in Syria, then in the surrounding countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and most recently in Greece.
The Santa Monica resident, who is Head of Emergency Operations for the International Federation, shared his experiences on April 10 at the L.A. Region headquarters for Red Cross volunteers, employees and special guests.Read More