is where you have peace of mind, enjoy simple joys with your
family, sleep tight at night and wake up to face the new day
ahead.” That’s how an Acehnese survivor of the
Indian Ocean tsunami sums up the importance of shelter.
In the immediate aftermath of an emergency, shelter is critical
for survival. It provides security and personal safety, protection
from the climate and enhanced resistance to ill health and
disease. Shelter is also vital for human dignity and to sustain
family and community life as far as possible under difficult
Our cover story discusses some of the key developments in
shelter over recent years and shows how National Societies
continue to care for people left homeless by disaster or conflict.
As we finalize this issue of Red Cross Red Crescent magazine,
shelter will be very much on the minds of millions of people
in China and Myanmar who have lost their homes in recent disasters.
It will be months or even years before they have a secure
roof over their heads again. In spite of some extremely difficult
circumstances, staff and volunteers from their National Societies
will be working alongside colleagues from the International
Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to rebuild homes and lives.