Our Work Internationally Archive

Cholera outbreak continues to worsen in Yemen

As of Saturday,22nd July there are 384,719 suspected cases of Cholera and nearly 2000 associated deaths. Even more alarming, 600,000 people in Yemen are predicted to fall ill with cholera by the end of the year. That’s 1 in every 45 Yemenis. The Irish Red Cross continues to support the response, in trying to stem […]

Reunited from the family they were stolen from

Irish Red Cross

Recently the Irish Red Cross in partnership with UNHCR and IOM Ireland helped reunite two young brothers through our Family Reunification Travel Assistance Programme. The Irish Red Cross is part of an international network which traces separated relatives, restores contact and reunites families. This free service, known as Restoring Family Links (RFL), is co-ordinated by the […]

Killed on their way to collect the bread

Irish Red Cross

Irish aid worker, Ciaran Cierans has been working with the International Committee if the Red Cross in Yemen since October 2016.  A seasoned aid worker of 12 years, Limerick man, Ciaran says the situation in Yemen is one of the ‘most challenging’ he has ever experienced. I am currently based in a city called Taiz, […]

Killed on their way to collect the bread contd..

Irish Red Cross

In this city of half a million people, we have to identify the most vulnerable families to help first. Prioritising families with disabled family members, vulnerable households with more than five family members, households with no source of income. The problem in Taiz is that every single person is vulnerable, nobody is earning an income, […]

Yemen’s Health Care system

The healthcare system is near total collapse and the staff who remain are overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation. Lack of fuel and supplies has forced many of hospitals to close. Clinics that are open are running low on medicine, equipment and fuel.     In theory, preventing cholera is very simple. For example, […]

The world’s single largest humanitarian crisis

Yemen is the world’s single largest humanitarian crisis. Over two years of intense conflict in Yemen have resulted in displacement and loss of income for millions of people, and put their coping strategies under severe pressure.  Decades of ongoing upheaval, drought and chronic impoverishment preceded the current situation in Yemen.   Yemen is currently experiencing […]

Meet Nafissatou

My name is Susanna Cunningham and I am writing to you today from Niger, West Africa. When I first came to Niger, a little over three years ago, I remember a young mother Nafissatou, she could have been no more than 25…

A letter from Susanna, Country Representative, Niger

A letter from Susanna, Country Representative, Niger

My name is Susanna Cunningham and I am writing to you today from Niger, West Africa. When I first came to Niger, a little over three years ago, I remember a young mother Nafissatou, she could have been no more than 25…

Life as Paediatrician to Refugees

Ritsona, Greece - A member of the Red Cross in Ritsona refugee camp on the 17th of October 2016. Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kurds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

We recently met Belen, a Paediatrician working in Red Cross healthcare unit in Ritsona camp, close to Athens. Belen recently graduated and has always wanted to help in an international humanitarian role.     Can you tell us a little about how long have you been here and what you do?   I’m the Paediatrician. […]

How would you pass the time in a Refugee Camp?

Ritsona, Greece - Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kourds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

Uncertain of what lies ahead, teenagers and young people in refugee camps around the world are looking for positive and constructive ways to use their time. Over the last number of months, our team have met refugees and migrants who are volunteering, setting up sport teams and learning new skills.