South Sudanese Red Cross Volunteers: Dedicated to the cause despite personal loss

South Sudanese Red Cross Volunteers: Dedicated to the cause despite personal loss

Stories and photos are from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes at the end of June when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan. Many of those were South Sudan Red Cross volunteers, but that hasn't stopped them from working around the clock to help others in need.

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World Water Day: Keeping Communities Safe from Drought and Zika

World Water Day: Keeping Communities Safe from Drought and Zika

Red Cross volunteers in the Americas are working hard to ensure that household water tanks – which are used to help communities cope with droughts related to El Niño – do not become breeding grounds for the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.

Globally, more than 60 million people have been affected by droughts related to El Niño, which have affected agricultural production and damaged food security. Some countries in the Dry Corridor of Central America have been forced to declare a state of national emergency, with responses focused on water provision and the rehabilitation of supply systems.

However, the solution to one crisis – the drought – could worsen the ongoing Zika public health emergency, so the Red Cross is taking action in communities across the Americas to raise awareness of good practices in water, sanitation, and disease prevention.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links News 2/29/16 - 3/4/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links News 2/29/16 - 3/4/16

On February 23, the Macedonian government tightened its immigration restrictions on those entering the country from Greece by reclassifying those coming from Afghanistan as economic migrants rather than refugees, effectively banning them from applying for asylum within Macedonia. The move came after a similar decision by the Serbian government, and the immediate result was thousands of Afghans left stranded on the Greek side of the border with nowhere to go. This further congested the flow of refugees from other countries trying to cross from Greece. 

Frustration erupted in a full-scale riot in the Greek border town of Idomeni on Friday, when Macedonia temporarily closed the border to all. Crowds of hopeful passers ran to the border and proceeded to push down a razor-wire fence on the Macedonian side, resulting in the use of violence and tear gas by Macedonian authorities. The Greek minister for migration, Ioannis Mouzalas, stated that the estimated number of people trapped in Greece "will be between 50,000 and 70,000" before the end of this month.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links 2/1/2016 - 2/5/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links 2/1/2016 - 2/5/2016

Supporting Syria: Yesterday, the Supporting Syria & the Region 2016 conference was held in London, co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations. The conference brought together world leaders to address, coordinate, and raise significant funding to meet the immediate and long-term effects of the ongoing conflict. Building upon three previous such conferences in Kuwait, world leaders, as well as various NGO's came together to plan for and coordinate several relevant goals: raising funding, providing education access, create job opportunities, and apply international pressure to respect humanitarian law, among others. Donors pledged over USD $10 billion to the cause, with the largest pledges coming from the European Union, the United States, Japan, Germany, and others. 

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