Category: Resilience

Iran earthquake: why we’re not calling for funds

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Iran Red Crescent volunteers run towards a helicopter

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Last Saturday (11 August 2012), two earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked north-western Iran. At least 180 villages around Ahar, Varzaghan and Heris in East Azerbaijan province have been affected, 21 of which were completely flattened. More than 300 people were killed, and over 3,000 people were injured. More

Two years on: how we’re helping Pakistan recover from the 2010 floods

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Volunteer plays with child in Pakistan

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The 2010 Pakistan floods were the worst floods to hit the country in 80 years. Two years ago today, the British Red Cross launched its Pakistan Floods Appeal. Our appeal, plus money drawn from the Disasters Emergency Committee and the Department for International Development, raised a total of £13.5 million.

As well as supporting relief work, this money continues to support recovery projects.

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Global goodwill boosted recovery for tsunami victims

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Tadateru Konoe shaking hands with Sir Nicholas Young

Cash from British Red Cross donors kick-started work to rebuild lives devastated by last year’s Japanese tsunami, one of the most senior leaders in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has said. Speaking during a visit to London, Tadateru Konoe said the generosity of international donors had brought forward Japanese Red Cross programmes that are helping people recover after the disaster.

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Cash grants help Azerbaijan’s displaced families

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Women in Azerbaijan

© Nana Chukhua/ICRC

Despite the 1994 ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the two armies exchange fire almost daily over the disputed Nagorny-Karabakh territory, making life difficult for those living along the contested border.

Nana Chukhua, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) economic security delegate in Azerbaijan, talks about the challenges of living and working in such a context:

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Helping protect vulnerable children in west Africa

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This is a guest post by Henry Makiwa, British Red Cross senior media relations officer, who recently went to Burkina Faso.

Salamata Ali with her youngest son outside the nutritional screening clinic where she volunteers

© IFRC/ Faye Callaghan

According to the UN, at least 1 million children are at risk of the most severe form of malnutrition across the Sahel. Almost twice as many are at risk of malnutrition if strong action is not taken now.

This situation in Burkina Faso is most critical along the border areas that separate Burkina Faso and Mali.

“We have an ongoing problem with malnutrition in this part of the country,” Dr Kdonia Anicet, a paediatrician at Djibo hospital, a twenty-minute drive from the border with Mali, says.

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West Africa interview: it’s vital we plant now

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In Senegal two weeks ago, I spoke to Momodou Lamin Fye, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ west Africa representative, and Nathalie Bonvin, regional food security, nutrition and livelihoods delegate. They explained the urgent need for funds, if people are to be able to plant crops before the rains begin.

It is now hungry season in west Africa

© Sarah Oughton/ BRC

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