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Bangladesh: one of the largest Red Cross operations in the world


Bangladesh has seen 650,000 people cross its borders, fleeing violence in Rakhine State and the Red Cross has been at the coalface providing relief.   One of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in this region for decades was triggered in 2017 with the arrival of 655,000 people into Bangladesh. Fleeing violence in Rakhine […]

Donegal resident tells us about his traumatic experience of the floods

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One Donegal resident tells us about his traumatic experience of the floods that hit the northwest in August   “The five of us got trapped in our home with the water – it was so high you couldn’t get out, it was impossible. The force of the water was so strong we couldn’t move.” Aidan […]

Letter from Bangladesh: Victor Lacken

Victor Lacken from Dublin is a videographer, journalist and award-winning photographer. He was deployed by the Irish Red Cross as a delegate to Bangladesh to work directly with the international Red Cross movement relief efforts in response to the  Rakhine crisis.   I’ve just returned from the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh. Visiting the camps […]

Helped in Donegal by the Irish Red Cross

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Clonmany native Bernard Mullins talks about the help his family received in the aftermath of the Donegal Floods from the Irish Red Cross.   Bernard and Bébhinn Mullins from Clonmany in Donegal are just one family who were badly affected by the Donegal Floods. “Basically in a nutshell the entire downstairs was ruined,” explains Bernard. […]

Meet those whose houses were burned to the ground in Papua New Guinea

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In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, tribal fights – sparked by disputes over land, resources and other grievances – lead to dozens of deaths and thousands of displacements each year. Modern war weapons including guns have become increasingly available to fighters in the Papua New Guinea Highlands which has made violence in the area […]

Treacherous crossing of the Mediterranean: one Syrian’s story

Syrian refugee Hayyen who is now settled in a Dublin home this Christmas talks about the journey he took to get here, which involved a precarious crossing of the Med.   “I remember before we took the boat they were talking about a storm coming from the West – from Greece. We were supposed to […]

Red Cross parcels bring relief to Papua New Guinea

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In February of this year, the International Committee of the Red Cross distributed 757 relief kits to 527 households in Papua New Guinea.   At the beginning of 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross carried out a distribution of relief items in Pilikambi in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province where communities have been […]

Donor Story – Oran McGonagle, Donegal

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“It was a really, really, really cool special event, it was very heart-warming…it gave you an amazing buzz when it was all done,” – so says Oran McGonagle on the Homes of Donegal fundraiser in Boston, which brought in a substantial proportion of the €94,000 he and his peers raised in Boston for the Donegal […]

Fleeing violence while pregnant

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Imagine fleeing violence while you’re pregnant? Two women found themselves in this very situation in Myanmar recently, with grave consequences.   Rehana Begum gave birth to a boy and a girl on the day she arrived at a makeshift camp in Bangladesh, but the boy died during the birth and her husband Sulaiman had to […]

Letter from Bangladesh

Paul Conneally

My name is Paul Conneally and I am a Global Advisor on Community Engagement and Accountability for the International Committee of the Red Cross. I am writing to you from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. In the past three months, an estimated 646,000 people who are fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State have arrived across the border […]