Women at Risk of Cyclones Due To Cultural Barriers

Consulting with communities and listening to their need is one way in which the Red Cross Red Crescent lessen disaster risk.

When Tropical Cyclone Bhola hit Bangladesh in 1970, it claimed hundreds of thousands lives. Since then, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has built 147 evacuation shelters. The aim is to provide a safe place for people to go to when the warning of an approaching cyclone is sounded. One of the biggest challenges for cyclone [...]

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On International Day of Disaster Reduction, Red Crossers got together on Twitter to help increase awareness about the importance of being disaster prepared. They shared their own to do lists or items they would do or keep handy, should a disaster occur. Here are some of the Irish selfies with their lists.       [...]

The smile on Kadiatu’s face speaks volumes. She will soon be reunited with her mother, brothers and sisters. Two weeks after being admitted to the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre, her body listless with the virus. © K.Mueller/IFRC

The smile on Kadiatu’s face speaks volumes. She will soon be reunited with her mother, brothers and sisters. Two weeks after being admitted to the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre, her body listless with the virus. © K.Mueller/IFRC

By K.Mueller/Red Cross/Sierra Leone The smile on Kadiatu’s face spoke volumes. She is just about to be reunited with her mother and eight brothers and sisters. Two weeks ago, she to came into the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone, her body listless with the Ebola virus disease. But the disease was identified early, [...]

The homes of Ebola victims are disinfected to prevent further spread of the virus...click for more

The homes of Ebola victims are disinfected to prevent further spread of the virus...click for more

In Banjor (Liberia), the death of one young woman has left her young children alone, at risk and shunned by the whole community. A Red Cross team (pictured) collected the body of Bandu Johnson, a 27-year old woman who died in her home from Ebola. As Bandu’s body was being removed, her 7 year old [...]

The Irish Red Cross is proud to be a part of the Disaster Resilience Journal project. Improving awareness of communities around the world who are adapting in the face of climate change, disease, displacement and disasters. The Disaster Resilience Journal explores how our changing world, and its changing climate, affects our lives. Stories in the [...]

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Sadako Sasaki (7 January 1943-25 October 1955) was a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945, near her home in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako was at home when the explosion occurred, about one mile from where the bomb landed but didn’t suffer any injuries at the [...]

marshall islands sue about nuclear weapons

On Thursday 24 April, the Republic of the Marshall Islands filed 9 separate, but related, cases against the 9 States with nuclear weapons.  The Marshall Islands were the site of numerous Nuclear Weapons tests in the 1940′s and 1950′s, the effects of which are still felt today. The cases taken against the 5 States that [...]

6 year old Elijah knew what to do when his sister suffered a heavy nosebleed.

6 year old Elijah knew what to do when his sister suffered a heavy nosebleed.

Proud Dad Tom shares his story of when his 6 year old son stepped in to treat his little sister’s nose bleed.

Irish Red Cross Heybeliada International Youth Camp

Religion and culture caused no difference in everyone’s common goals. To make the world a better place, free from war, unrest, poverty and so on. Everyone there just wanted to help people, in any way they could.

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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.