IFRC Newsletter

Communications Department

Issue 1 – June 2016


World Refugee Day

What would you do if your country became mired in conflict? If the only way to protect your family was to put them in danger, to put them on a boat in the middle of the night? What would you do if there was no way back?
Every day, thousands of people risk their lives in search of hope. The hope that, wherever their journey ends, it will be better and safer than the home they left behind. Protect Humanity

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Angola yellow fever outbreak could spark ‘global crisis’

Julie Lyn Hall

The IFRC urged immediate action with health director Julie Hall warning that limited vaccine supplies, inadequate disease surveillance systems, poor sanitation and continuous movement across Angola’s borders “could turn a national outbreak into a global crisis”. “Unvaccinated travellers could transform this outbreak into a regional or international crisis if we don’t move quickly to protect vulnerable populations and help communities to reduce their risk of infection”.  AFP


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In June every year, thousands of ‪#‎RedCross‬ and ‪#‎RedCrescent‬ volunteers and staff gather in Solferino, northern Italy, the place of the battle that inspired the birth of the idea of the Red Cross. Here are some of the photos of yesterday’s event! Thanks Italian Red Cross – Croce Rossa Italiana for sharing!

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We must protect humanity, and halt indifference

by Elhadj As Sy and Youssou N’Dour
We are sons of the Sahel. We played on its sand, breathed its hot and nurturing air. We grew under its bright sun, found joy and meaning among its people. They are our brothers, our sisters, our daughters, our sons..

Yellow fever in Angola: Are we repeating the mistakes of Ebola?

by Elhadj As Sy, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Imagine. A deadly disease is stalking terrified mothers, fathers, children and grandparents. People are sick. Many are dying. An information vacuum is overflowing with rumour and misinformation. Suspicion and lack of trust are rife.

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Climate change affects Malawi’s poorest the hardest

Heavy floods and an unusually strong drought have tormented the region of Nsanje in southern Malawi over the past three years.  The local population is now facing starvation.


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President Konoé’s visit to Ecuador: The strength of the Red Cross is its volunteers

Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has visited Manta, one of the cities most affected by the recent earthquake.

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Asia Pacific

Growing need for psychosocial support to earthquake victims in Kumamoto

Two months after two powerful earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture, around 10,000 people are still living in evacuation centres.

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Italian Red Cross teams up with search and rescue service to save lives in the Mediterranean

Medics from the Italian Red Cross joined forces with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) on board its flagship rescue vessel Phoenix as it set sail from Malta.


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Middle East and North Africa

Fallujah displaced reach 17,000, Red Crescent gears up to meet needs

Intense fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah and surrounding towns in the past few days has significantly increased the number of people who were forced to flee their homes.


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Are global crises diverting donor support away from drought-stricken southern Africa?

31 million people in southern Africa are currently affected by the strongest El Nino event in 30 years. Expectations are that it could rise to 49 million.


Talk with refugees, not about them


The month in pictures