Fighting cholera amid hunger and conflict in South Sudan

A South Sudan Red Cross volunteer speaking about cholera prevention

A South Sudan volunteer speaking about cholera prevention – ©BritishRedCross/HenryMakiwa

Alfred Lati Joseph pinches his cigarette butt between his thumb and index finger, his face animated as he speaks. 

“I am young, strong and fit, but what about the babies, the young and the old?” he asks.

“Cholera will kill them first because they are weaker. It can take you in a matter of hours, and that’s the truth.”

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Three years after independence, crisis casts a shadow over South Sudan celebrations

South Sudan is three years old tomorrow. Click on this interactive image to find out more about the crisis and read a piece from British Red Cross press officer Henry Makiwa, who has spent the last week in the war-torn country.

The roads are being scrubbed clean and pavements are getting a shiny new coat of paint. On one of the city’s biggest intersections, two young men draped in the country’s colours stand along the roadside selling miniature versions of the national flag. Welcome to Juba, South Sudan.


South Sudan food airdrops – in pictures


The humanitarian situation in South Sudan is catastrophic – and it’s getting worse. Conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. The rainy season has just started, transforming roads and airstrips into quagmires, preventing vital aid from reaching people in need.

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is using airdrops to get aid to where it’s needed most. Food has been distributed in Lakes, Unity, Upper Nile, Warrap, Jonglei, and Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal states.

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Balkan floods: mapping a disaster area with some help from NASA

As Red Cross workers continue to help people affected by flooding in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, a team at the British Red Cross is producing maps to support the relief effort.



When disaster strikes a large geographical area, as it has done in the Balkans, coordinating the response to reach affected areas quickly is essential.

The last thing Red Cross staff and volunteers want to be doing when people urgently need their help, is sorting through large amounts of complex data to work out where people are in greatest need.

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Treating the sick and wounded in South Sudan



Dr Frank Ryding never complains anymore. In a career that has spanned the best part of 35 years, he has travelled the world following conflicts and natural disasters with the Red Cross.

He is accustomed to working in trying, dangerous and desperate situations. He knows what it is to be on the edge of life.    

The 65-year-old has just returned from four weeks working as an anaesthetist in South Sudan with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and yet another insight into a bloody conflict.

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“Life is so bad out there, you just survive. People are living from one day to the next,” said Frank, who has completed 14 missions with the Red Cross.


Balkan floods: families wait to return home

Near Brcko district,  Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two weeks after the floods, the water has yet to recede -  ©IFRC/Nicole Robicheau

Near Brcko district, Bosnia and Herzegovina – ©IFRC/Nicole Robicheau

From the air, the north-east of Bosnia and Herzegovina resembles a vast lake with houses, roads and rail lines submerged.

Two weeks ago, the Sava river, which forms a natural border with neighbouring Croatia, took a new course through some of the border villages in the Brcko district.

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South Sudan Red Cross fights cholera outbreak

An outbreak of cholera in South Sudan has infected hundreds of people and raised fears of an epidemic. The Red Cross is working to prevent further infections among an already vulnerable population. Maria Nilsson, from the Swedish Red Cross, explains how volunteers are helping.    



South Sudan Red Cross volunteers are at the forefront of the fight to stop an outbreak of cholera in the capital Juba. The disease has so far claimed 14 lives.    More