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Volunteer Values

With the tenth anniversary of the ‘Year of the Volunteer’ coming in 2011, Red Cross Red Crescent magazine explores what helping others is really worth, how volunteers play a key role in attaining Millennium Development Goals and how the Movement needs to better protect and support those who give something for nothing.

Food security
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.

Natural disaster
Pakistan’s superflood
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 Ocean tsunami.

Focus
Pakistan’s people in peril
The scale 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.

Interview
Critical condition
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.


Editorial
 
Volunteer values

Conflict
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.

Human trafficking
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 new approaches.

Relief and recovery
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 them.

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

Resources
Strategy 2020; guidelines for tweeters and other social media junkies; the lost children of Goma; G20 priorities; and an Afghan war hospital.

Back cover
A classic volunteer poster from the Australian Red Cross.

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