The case for disaster law
an earthquake rocked Pisco, Peru in 2007, the Peruvian
Red Cross and international aid groups responded in
force, providing generous amounts of much-needed aid.
But both the immediate emergency response and the long-term
recovery have been hampered by gaps in the laws and
regulations that deal with disaster response. Lima-based
reporter Tyler Bridges reports on efforts in Peru and
around the world to improve the laws that impact international
Volunteers through time
Volunteers have always been at the heart of
the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. This series of dramatic
photos reveals seldom-seen images from Movement archives
of volunteers in action around the world.
The year of volunteer management
During the tenth anniversary of the Year of the Volunteer,
author, blogger and humanitarian watchdog Saundra Schimmelpfennig
says our focus shouldn’t be on competing for
new volunteers. Rather, she argues, National Societies
need to better manage and retain the volunteers they
Getting the message
One year after the Haiti earthquake, freelance journalist
Amy Serafin rides along on sound trucks, talks to telecom
officials and goes tent-to-tent with volunteers to
witness first-hand how the Movement get its message
out — and listens to beneficiaries — during
by Lina Abirafeh
Does relief prolong war?
have long debated whether relief during wartime can
be misused to fuel or prolong conflict. To better understand
these difficult questions, RCRC magazine speaks with
two authors: Dutch journalist Linda Polman, whose 2009
book War Games was recently re-published for the US
market; and Fiona Terry, who raised these issues in
2002 in her book Condemned to Repeat, the Paradox of
A Society’s greatest test
The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan’s northeastern
coast in March has been called Japan’s greatest
post-Second World War crisis. A central
part of the country’s
health-care and emergency relief services, the robust
and highly capable Japanese Red Cross faces one of its
A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around the world.
Resources available from IFRC and ICRC, among others,
include The value of volunteers, Assessing
Haiti one year later, HIV/AIDS and Harm Reduction and various
new materials on Restoring Family Links.
A classic volunteer poster from the Japan
Red Cross Society.