Category: Aid Work

Central African Republic humanitarian crisis: fear and insecurity – video

People camped around a monastery

Fleeing the violence in Bangui, more than 9,000 people have sought refuge in Boy-Rabe monastery – ©ICRC/Rabih Mazboudi

Months of unrest in Central African Republic (CAR) have left civilians living in fear.

During a recent visit to London, Patrick L’Hote, head of operations for central and southern Africa with the International Committee of the Red Cross, spoke about the desperate plight of civilians in CAR. More

Red Cross pilots cash response in drought-ridden Namibia

©Hanna Butler/IFRC

©Hanna Butler/IFRC

This is a guest blog written by Gerard Ferrie, a British Red Cross delegate recently deployed to Namibia. The country is facing its worst drought in 30 years and the Red Cross is supporting the emergency response. Gerard arrived in Namibia at the end of September and was based in the northern town of Opuwo. More

Protecting against attacks on our workers

A destroyed ambulance

©ICRC/Jeroen Carrin

Assaults on health-care workers and those in their care are forbidden under international and humanitarian law, yet still they continue.

There were at least 921 violent incidents against health-care personnel, facilities and wounded or sick people in 2012, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is campaigning to raise awareness of the issue. More

Doctor who changed lives across the world reflects on ‘crazy’ international aid career


For three decades surgeon Ken Barrand has brought life-changing healthcare to some of the most dangerous places on earth. After returning from his final deployment, a year in North Korea, he lifted the lid on his Red Cross career.

Ken is retiring after working for the International Committee of the Red Cross in countries such as Yemen, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, often performing surgery in war zones. More

How I became an international aid worker: Michael Kemsley


© Michael Kemsley

Michael Kemsley tells us about the British Red Cross Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and why you need a thick skin.

1. What does your job involve?

Being a member of the ERU, I must be ready to respond to a global disaster at any given moment. When an emergency occurs, I work as part of a team to build latrines, showers and drainage systems so that people have access to basic hygiene facilities in the midst of a disaster zone. More

How I became an international aid worker: Sharon Reader

Red Cross volunteer speaks to community members about cholera prevention

Red Cross volunteer speaks to community members about cholera prevention

Sharon Reader talks us through her role as a beneficiary communications delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) after returning from nine months in Sierra Leone.

1. What does your job involve?

My job is to improve the way the Red Cross communicates with people before, during and after an emergency. This has ranged from running a radio show on cholera prevention, to setting up an emergency text message system to reach people with warnings of hurricanes, fires or floods.

In the chaos of a major disaster, information on what’s happening and where to go for help can be just as important as handing out food and water. As human beings we want to know what’s going on – especially during a crisis. More

How I became an international aid worker: Aidan King

People standing amid rubble in Gaza

The Palestinian Red Crescent assessing the needs of the local community

Aidan King gives the low-down on working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after returning from a 14-month mission in Gaza:

1. What does your job involve?

I work as a detention delegate for the ICRC, which is a role that involves visiting both prisoners of war and civilians interned during armed conflict.  Where possible, the ICRC also visits people detained in other situations of violence. More