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Today as the sun rises over Dublin, for another summer’s day, I think of what it must have been like in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945; people on their way to school, on their way to work; carrying out household chores – going about their everyday lives.

Dr Nott, who also performs cancer and trauma surgery at hospitals in London, describes a day amid the chaos and pain of this weeks-old conflict.

Dr Nott, who also performs cancer and trauma surgery at hospitals in London, describes a day amid the chaos and pain of this weeks-old conflict.

On Friday, 1st August, Dr Nott, who also performs cancer and trauma surgery at hospitals in London, described a day amid the chaos and pain of this weeks-old conflict.

An ICRC team moves through Shujaia, Gaza, on their way to rescue people. © ICRC

An ICRC team moves through Shujaia, Gaza, on their way to rescue people. © ICRC

“We do our utmost, risking the lives of our staff to rescue who we can, but we cannot end the conflict. As ever, humanitarian organisations are a sticking plaster, not the solution.” Jacques de Maio, ICRC Head of Delegation in Israel and Occupied Territories

Muhammad Jasem Shariif, the director of Sinjar office of Iraq Red Crescent, helps a woman who has come from Tal Afar. © Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

Muhammad Jasem Shariif, the director of Sinjar office of Iraq Red Crescent, helps a woman who has come from Tal Afar. © Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

Most of the newcomers are women and children who have made the 50km journey on foot with little but the clothes they were wearing. The trip is a difficult one, and most of those who reached Sinjar arrived in need of basic care.

As with many communities forced to deal with the effects of mass migration, the people of Sinjar showed its great humanitarian heart.

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The spring months have been a busy time for the Irish Red Cross Corrib Mask Rescue team, with lake and river call-outs in the Galway region. Spring’s stormy weather has created difficult conditions for many people. In February, the team rescued two people near Oughterard who were caught out in a storm.  Whilst  April saw [...]

The solidarity shown during this time of crisis also impressed Mirkovic.”People in the Balkans are strong and resilient. We have a saying that if something does not kill you, it makes you stronger.”

Irish Red Cross + Balkans Floods Appeal

Flood waters are receding across Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where people are now fighting the mud and the garbage left behind by the flood.

Irish Red Cross Volunteer James Lafferty

What made you want to volunteer? I was kidnapped in Accra Ghana in October 2007 and held for six Days.  I swore to myself, if I got away, I would do something usefully with my time for charity. There was an advert on Clare FM for volunteers to fundraise for Cahercalla Hospital and in turn [...]

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders.

As well as setting up life-saving community groups, Andrew helps promote first aid as local Irish Red Cross mascot the First Aid Fox.

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders. A Community First Responder is a volunteer trained in basic life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who assists the ambulance service by [...]

(L-R) Thomas Cox takes a well deserved tea break with his Irish Red Cross colleagues Killian O'Loughlin and and Gearoid odonnchadna

(L-R) Thomas Cox takes a well deserved tea break with his Irish Red Cross colleagues Killian O'Loughlin and and Gearoid odonnchadna

Meet Thomas Cox from Galway. I’ve been a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross since I was a youngster, back in 1980. Friends I made on my first day are still close friends today and new members become friends too, very quickly.  I’m lucky that my two youngest children are current all Ireland Irish Red [...]