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Protecting the witnesses

Journalists are often the first to expose the reality and the crimes of war. They are also crucial witnesses to the suffering and needs of vulnerable people in times of conflict and natural disaster. But they themselves are also often vulnerable to attack. What can humanitarians do to help them get the story out and stay safe during dangerous assignments?

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Citizen journalists

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The Manila Declaration

A journalistic challenge

Tweets heard around the world
How social media are transforming humanitarian response. Dispatches from the Japanese Red Cross Society, the IFRC and other National Societies on how to handle today’s viral media environment.

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Seeds of understanding

We interrrupt this programme...

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National Society
Courage under fire
Showing incredible professionalism, volunteers with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been on the front line, recovering the wounded, performing on-the-spot first aid, handing out food and medicines under the worst of conditions.

Forgotten dignity
The inmates of Madagascar’s Antanimora prison live in cramped, overcrowded, unhealthy and insecure conditions, forgotten by the outside world. These photos are a window into the daily life inside Antanimora, where regular ICRC and family visits, and small rehabilitation projects aim to restore the health and dignity of all inmates.

Inside ‘Old Bilibid’
In jails such as Manila’s severely overcrowded ‘Old Bilibid’, the ICRC’s Call for Action brings various partners and the Philippine Red Cross together to improve the lives and health of detainees.

Guest editorial  
Journalists’ safety:
a vital humanitarian concern

By Christof Heyns Christof Heyns is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Resources available from IFRC and ICRC, among others: Working for the ICRC; The road to resilience; Towards social inclusion: physical rehabilitation programme...

Evidence-based practices
Breathing new life into first aid.
The first in a series about efforts to back up Movement work with evidence. How IFRC and National Society research is breathing new life into the way first aid is taught and delivered around the world.

World First Aid Day
‘Everybody as one’
Working together, the ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are empowering violence-torn communities with the best first-aid practices, adapted to a region where access to medical care is limited and supplies are few and far between.

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From the city to the village

The first skill: keep it simple

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Food security
The hungry season
In the Sahel, the regular dry season is being exacerbated by conflict. The aftermath of conflict in Libya, displacement caused by new fighting in Mali and a slow international response have added to the region’s woes.

Replicating resilience
In eastern Kenya, farmers are turning droughtresistant cassava roots into flour for pizza dough. A little further north, a 1,335-hectare farm is transforming the local food economy and breaking the cycle of hunger and aid dependence. Can projects like these be sustained and expanded to meet the needs of a desperate region?

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Finding 'gold dust' in Kenya's soil


In Brief
A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around the world.

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A painting of Japanese Emporer Meiji and Empress Shoken visiting the wounded in Hiroshima during the Russo–Japanese War (1904–1905).


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