is one of the world’s most entrenched and tragic forms
of suffering. Over the past decade, food insecurity has become
worse in many regions, notably in sub-Saharan Africa. This
issue’s lead story goes behind the headlines and the
shocking photos of emaciated children. Why has the world been
unable to solve this baffl ing problem, and how are energetic
people tackling it in their own communities?
Across the globe, millions of Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers
dedicate their time to serving their neighbours, often under
extraordinary circumstances. In Haiti’s Cité-Soleil,
volunteers risk their lives to evacuate wounded people and
bring safe water. Around Europe’s frontiers, volunteers
offer food and water to Africans who arrive after desperate
voyages in search of a more secure life.
In June the Movement reached an important milestone, when
a new emblem — the red crystal — was offi cially
adopted. Future issues of Red Cross Red Crescent magazine
will outline the implications of this decision. Following
this agreement, the Israeli National Society, Magen David
Adom, and the Palestine Red Crescent Society were formally
admitted to the Movement. This recognition is important for
the Movement and for the two neutral and independent societies,
which already cooperate to improve conditions in their region,
often under the most trying circumstances.
As this issue of Red Cross Red Crescent goes to press, thousands
of volunteers in Israel, Lebanon and Palestine are working
around the clock to cope with the devastating
humanitarian consequences of a seething confl ict that exploded
into violence in July.