Internally Displaced People Archive

The Humanitarian Heart of Sinjar, Iraq

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.

Balkans Left Fighting Mud and Garbage Left Behind By Flood

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.

Three sisters, less than 6 years old, fled South Sudan alone

Tabitha with her son and 3 young cousins. Dzaipi Refugee camp, Adjumani, Uganda

When violence broke out in South Sudan, three sisters – between 3 and 6 years old – joined the rush for the border. They were alone with no way of knowing what lay ahead of them. Their cousin, Tabitha explains how the kindness of a stranger brought her three nieces to her safely. “When fighting […]

Syria | Two little girls fear for their lost Mother

Volunteers from the the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were able to help Aya and Yasmin make contact with their aunt.

Volunteers from the the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were able to help Aya and Yasmin make contact with their aunt.

Five-year-old Aya spent the two hours on the road looking out the window of the car, asking ‘are we there yet?’ smiling for the soldiers at checkpoints and, asking her sister Yasmine, 14, to play. Yasmin, though, was occupied with thoughts of her mother. Where was she? Is she still alive? Aya and Yasmin left […]

Meet Baby Fiona Haiyan | Ormoc Red Cross Field Hospital

The field hospital in Ormoc has seen a number of births since it was established a few days ago

The field hospital in Ormoc has seen a number of births since it was established a few days ago

While Red Cross emergency response personnel were doing the hard labour of building a field hospital outside the Ormoc District Hospital, Flora Entero, 25, was doing the real thing inside the devastated facility. Flora delivered her first child in the middle of the night – with the help of a doctor holding a flashlight – […]

13 babies born in town hall – a community coping after Typhoon Haiyan

Children play amongst the rubble of Tanuan, Leyte island in the Philippines. Photo: P.Fuller/IFRC

Children play amongst the rubble of Tanuan, Leyte island in the Philippines. Photo: P.Fuller/IFRC

At Tanuan town hall, on the island of Leyte in the Philippines, 23-year-old Golda May has joined a team of five midwives to set up a delivery room in a tiny office with a desk covered by a towel which serves as a bed. With half of the roof missing, a leaking tarpaulin provides them […]

Reuniting families…it’s all in the day job!

Jennifer Wilson Irish Red Cross RFL

Written by Jennifer Wilson is Restoring Family Links Officer at the Irish Red Cross, Dublin

What’s it like to be a Restoring Family Links or RFL Desk Officer? It’s pretty cool actually. Ask anyone that does this job and I guarantee they will say the same! I have been working for the Irish Red Cross for a long time, nearly 27 years, and have held many positions over the years. […]

Singing Midwives | the story behind the picture

Fifth from the right hand side is Kaibeh Kollie, she has a purple bucket perched on her head and clutches her certificate to her chest.

Fifth from the right hand side is Kaibeh Kollie, she has a purple bucket perched on her head and clutches her certificate to her chest.

Because of the low levels of literacy among traditional midwives, most of the training takes place in the form of easy-to-remember songs and skits. Fifth from the right hand side is Kaibeh Kollie, she has a purple bucket perched on her head and clutches her certificate to her chest. At the women and War photography […]

VIOLENCE IN SYRIA: A VOLUNTEER’S VIEW

© Ibrahim Mall / SARC

© Ibrahim Mall / SARC

As violence brings death and destruction to the people of Syria, a volunteer ambulance driver has described his life-saving work during fighting at the Yarmouk refugee camp. On December 17 2012, Hamza – a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer – was called to help people in desperate need of treatment at the camp in […]

“Seeing your family again after 43 years – it’s like being born again”

It all began during the Battle of Solferino in 1859.  By sending a message from a wounded young man to his parents, Henry Dunant made the first gesture illustrating what the Red Cross Tracing Agency was to become. The Red Cross’ agency on maintaining and restoring family links developed considerably during the Franco-Prussian War in […]