Words of change
More than 2,000
people came to Geneva, Switzerland in November to help
set the course for future humanitarian action during
the Movement’s 2011 Statutory Meetings. Youth
leaders, for example, used the occasion to push for
a greater role in humanitarian decision-making, while
the Movement and states agreed on several vital resolutions
to enhance humanitarian access, protection of vulnerable
people and delivery of aid.
"People live here"
On a brick wall in Grozny, Chechnya, a faded, spray-painted
message — perhaps dating back to the years of war
in the 1990s — shouts a warning to combatants: “People
live here”. It’s a plea from those within
to be spared from the battle raging outside. Though the
intense fighting of the 1990s has subsided, the message
is as pertinent as ever.
Red Cross Red Crescent magazine talks with
digital humanitarian Patrick Meier about the evolving
intersection between new technologies and humanitarian
The phenomenon of forgotten disasters is not unique
to developing countries. The 2011 floods in Minot,
North Dakota in the American Midwest, are a case in
and emergency relief coordinator for the United Nations
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,
responsible for the oversight of all emergencies requiring
UN humanitarian assistance.
French artist Franck Bouroullec creates a portrait of Herny
Lessons in the sand
One year since the crisis in Libya began, the Movement
continues to provide aid to thousands of vulnerable
people still living in limbo in camps at the Libyan–Tunisian
border. What have been some of the key lessons learned?
The Tunisian Red Crescent’s Hafedh Ben Miled
offers the insights of a volunteer who has worked on
the front lines since the beginning.
Fundamental Principles in action
An iterview with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society's
Amal Emam on putting neutrality to the test in Cairo's
As Jakob Kellenberger prepares to step down after 12 years as president of ICRC
this year, Red Cross Red Crescent magazine asked him to reflect on the challenges
and the achievements of the past 12 years, as well as his concerns and hopes
for the future of humanitarian action.
The promise of shelter
Two years after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, thousands
of families have been supported to leave camps, kick-start
livelihoods and send their children to school. Nearly
half a million vulnerable people are still living under
canvas, plagued by violence, rain and floods and the
threat of eviction. For these people, what happened
to the promises of support and the billions of dollars
A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around the world.
Resources available from IFRC and ICRC, among others: Haiti
earthquake 2010; Study on the use of the emblems; South
Sudan: bringing abducted children home