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It’s Still Raining in the Balkans, But Families Move Forward

This blog post was written by Wendy Brightman, a Red Cross volunteer who deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina to assist with cash distribution to families recovering from heavy flooding that occurred last spring. When she arrived a few weeks ago, it was still raining. September rains have continued to bring flooding to the same areas [...]

Initiation: The Bridge

This post was written by Melanie Pipkin Kozel, a member of the American Red Cross media team.    After nearly three years with the American Red Cross, I have been sent on my first big deployment to the Philippines to document how the Red Cross is helping those affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan. As [...]

Hope for Peace: The Missing in Colombia

Story by Viviana Cristian, National Capital Region, Disaster Response Leader and Casework Supervisor As the daughter of Colombian immigrants, I was excited to have the opportunity to sit in on an interview with Jordi Raich, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Bogota, Colombia.  For the last three generations, Colombia [...]

Q&A from Iraq: A Firsthand Account

The American Red Cross is in northern Iraq providing relief to people seeking refuge from violence that has forced more than 650,000 people to flee to the Kurdistan region in recent months. In addition to a $50,000 contribution to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced families, the American Red Cross has deployed disaster specialist Stacy Ragan [...]

Mapping to Fight Ebola

Remember when you were a little kid and one of the first things you learned were shapes –squares, triangles, lines and circles. Those shapes that form when you are three seem so innocent and simple, but they are vital in the fight against the Ebola virus. On Friday, volunteers gathered at American Red Cross for [...]

150 Years of the Geneva Convention

One hundred and fifty years ago, the original Geneva Convention—more commonly known as the rules of war—was created. These rules govern and limit actions that take place during armed conflict, such as the protection of civilians and the wounded. And while many people have heard of these rules in one way or another, many do [...]

Red Cross Around the World

[Slideshow] Responding to the Ebola Outbreaks in Western Africa The American Red Cross, along with the global Red Cross network, is helping amplify efforts and strengthen capacity of the Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia Red Crosses as a devastating outbreak of Ebola wreaks havoc on the region. Since March 2014, some 1,200 cases have been [...]

Capturing the Hearts of American Teens with International Humanitarian Law

I think I may be turning into an IHL nerd (Does that exist? Like a band nerd?). I just got an e-book copy of the Geneva conventions. Soren, IHL Action Campaign Participant and New Roots Charter School Student via Facebook In a world of ever-decreasing attention spans and instant connectivity, it takes something special to [...]

How Do You Prepare for Hurricanes…in Haiti?

You might know how to prepare for a hurricane in the United States, but have you ever wondered how countries like Haiti prepare? The 2014 hurricane season is here, and with the help of the American Red Cross, Haitians are cleaning ravines to prevent flooding, discussing evacuation routes, and testing their storm sirens. The people in [...]

Learning that Even Wars Have Limits

Some created Monopoly-style board games. Others held highly-attended flash mobs on their college campus. Still others role-played as soldiers, civilians, prisoners and humanitarian workers in the simulation game Raid Cross. But no matter the style or approach, the more than 300 students participating in this year’s International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Action Campaign had an eye-opening [...]