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World Disasters Report 2005 – Focus on
information in disasters
International Federation, 2005

Information may be the only form of disaster preparedness that many vulnerable people can afford. It can lead to a deeper understanding of their needs and shape appropriate ways to respond. This year’s edition of the World Disasters Report examines the role of information in the work of aid organizations and calls on them to focus less on gathering information for their own needs and more on exchanging information with the people they seek to support.

Available in English from Kumarian/Eurospan

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International Federation, 2005 These photographs are an insight into the lives of communities and individuals whose world was shattered in last year’s tsunami. Despite the severity of the disaster, the photos show individual courage and community resilience and give a message of hope as people rebuild their lives. The publication is dedicated to all those affected by the disaster and in memory of those who lost their lives in it.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

In the aftermath of war and torture. Coping with long-term traumatization, suffering and loss
Swiss Red Cross, 2005

Swiss Red Cross, 2005 This anthology explores how Bosnian refugees have coped with the trauma of war and its aftermath. Based on a research project carried out by the Swiss Red Cross, it examines individual coping mechanisms as well as implications for the host country. Containing a brief overview of theoretical, clinical and practical aspects of war induced trauma, it includes a report on the 10-year-old Swiss Red Cross Outpatient Clinic for Victims of Torture and War.

Available in English from the Swiss Red Cross. 32 Sfr.

Caring for landmine victims
ICRC, 2005

A new leaflet which outlines how, every year, tens of thousands of people are killed or injured by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Those that survive are often disabled for life and need long-term care, rehabilitation and social and economic support. This leaflet highlights the challenges involved in providing assistance to the victims, and the responsibilities of states parties to the Ottawa Convention and the new Protocol on explosive remnants of war. It highlights the need for increased efforts by both health-care systems and governments.

Available in English; also available at

Targeting the weapons: Reducing the human cost of unregulated arms availability
ICRC, 2005

A new leaflet which clearly presents the increased risks that civilians face due to the current inadequate controls on arms availability, combined with the frequent use of weapons in violation of international humanitarian law. Complementing the more comprehensive study published in 1999 on Arms availability and the situation of civilians in arms conflicts, this concise leaflet outlines the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s recommendations on this topic.

Available in English, French and Spanish; also available at

Protection of detainees: the ICRC’s action behind bars
ICRC, 2005

An insight into the ICRC and its unique approach to protecting those deprived of their freedom. This article, originally published in the International Review of the Red Cross, highlights the importance of ICRC visits to detainees as the starting point for a wide range of activities on their behalf. In light of the recent debates surrounding detention, the article explains the historical and legal basis of the ICRC’s position and discusses its objectives in this field.

Offprint from the International Review of the Red Cross, March 2005, ICRC, Geneva, 39pp.
Available in English. 2 Sfr.


Youth in Action newsletter
International Federation, 2005

A quarterly newsletter featuring the latest news and events related to youth within the Movement. The most recent issue features profiles of youth involved in disaster response, peer education and advocacy work; the history of Red Cross and Red Crescent youth; and a guide to their involvement at General Assembly in Seoul.

Available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Explosive remnants of war – A protocol to end the lethal legacy of modern conflict

Now available on VHS and DVD, this film highlights the recent developments on the explosive remnants of war (ERW) issue. It aims to promote greater understanding about the ERW problem and the new Protocol on explosive remnants of war adopted by states parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in November 2003. The film’s primary purpose is to serve as an information tool for ICRC delegates at conferences and seminars and to increase understanding of the ERW Protocol among governments, organizations and other relevant institutions.

Available in English and French.

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