Emergencies

In pictures – mobile surgery in South Sudan

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Conflict in South Sudan has left communities without access to the most basic of health care.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has five mobile surgical teams in South Sudan.

They travel across the country to support those who desperately need their help.

Since the start of the conflict in December 2013, ICRC medical teams have performed more than 6,000 emergency surgeries.

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Myanmar floods: “Our biggest problem now is clean water”

blog-picAung Zaw is used to living with uncertainty. The 30-year-old farmer lives in a house on stilts, perched on the banks of the river Hlang.

With each passing monsoon, there’s the possibility that the river will burst its banks and engulf the surrounding paddy fields.

This year, the impact of heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Komen, which hit in July, spelled disaster for Aung Zaw and other farmers across the country.

More than 1.3 million people across 12 of Myanmar’s 14 regions have been affected by the worst flooding in decades.

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You won’t believe how long Syria’s conflict has lasted

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The conflict in Syria has reached an awful milestone – it is now longer than the First World War.

We helped then, and we’re helping now.

Millions of people have been forced from their homes in Syria. Many will wake up tomorrow without food and clean water.

A lot has changed in the last century – but we are still doing all we can for people caught up in conflict.

Please give to our Syria Crisis Appeal.

Listen: How do you help 144,000 refugees in a camp built for 50,000 people?

The Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania was built in 1997 to house 50,000 people.

Today, it’s home to more than 144,000 people.

Its population has swelled with the recent influx of refugees from neighbouring Burundi, where violence has forced thousands to flee.

British Red Cross aid worker Kenny Hamilton has just returned from Tanzania and says the situation in the camp is hugely concerning.


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Nepal: desperate 11 hour journey for help after miscarriage

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© Niki Clark/IFRC

Dozens of tiny villages dot the mountainsides near Singati, a once-bustling market town devastated by Nepal’s earthquakes.

These communities, some just clusters of five or ten homes, were devastated too. Now the families that built them live in makeshift shelters of tarpaulins and rubble.

The villagers walk for hours to reach the temporary Red Cross clinic in Singati, which sees up to 70 patients a day. The chance to get help and receive medicine – sometimes drugs as basic as aspirin – is worth the long trek.

The team at the clinic includes Dr Johnnes Schad. Shaking his head in disbelief, Dr Schad says: “The day before I arrived a woman who had suffered a miscarriage was brought in to the clinic. Family members carried her in a basket on their backs for 11 hours to get here. Situations like this are common. It is unreal. Just completely unreal.” More