The high price of hunger
Prolonged drought is causing
a food crisis in Niger. But food scarcity is only part
of the problem. Sky-high prices to consumers for grain
and produce — and rock-bottom prices for those
selling livestock — means many people simply
can’t afford to eat.
The scale of Pakistan’s
superflood — as some call it — is unparalleled
in recent decades, evoking comparisons and contrasts
with Haiti’s recent earthquake and the 2004 Indian
Pakistan’s people in peril
of the disaster in Pakistan is staggering. More than
21 million people were affected by the catastrophic
floods. Beyond the big numbers, this photo essay tells
the story of everyday people struggling against calamity.
As casualties escalate and
armed groups proliferate, Afghanistan is an increasingly
challenging environment for humanitarians. Aside from
a rising number of war wounded, the ICRC’s head
of delegation in Afghanistan, Reto Stocker, says the
indirect effects of conflict on healthcare can be just
as deadly as bullets and bombs.
Hope on two wheels
In a remote,
war-torn region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
intrepid bicyclists known as tolekists deliver aid
to desperate people, displaced by armed violence.
Life on the edge
35-year-old Kim Sarine broke her back while escaping
virtual imprisonment. With human trafficking on the
rise in this time of economic crisis, tragic stories
like Sarine’s are increasingly common and several
National Societies, from Belarus to Cambodia, are developing
The great leveller
They lost everything in the earthquake, but they’re
not first in line for assistance. Reporter Claire Doole
talks to Port-au-Prince’s professional and middle
class about their needs and how humanitarians can help
A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around the world.
Strategy 2020; guidelines for tweeters and other social
media junkies; the lost children of Goma; G20 priorities;
and an Afghan war hospital.
A classic volunteer poster from the Australian