In Cameroon’s far north, Bintou Abba Ali, a mother of thirteen, was forced to flee her village after a suicide attack devastated her family. “My husband and three of my sons were killed during a suicide attack. I left my home and fled with seven of my children in the hope of finding a safer place for them,” recalls Bintou.

The IFRC’s Africa regional office works in support of 49 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in sub-Saharan Africa. Through its country cluster support teams and country offices, it provides coordination, financial, and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

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A new cash transfer programme is helping families reestablish their lives after been displaced by conflict in Nigeria.

24 August 2017

By Matthew Rwahigi, Rwanda Red Cross Hundreds of families whose homes and sanitation facilities were badly damaged during heavy storms in April are rebuilding a safer community with support from the Rwanda Red Cross. During a rapid assessment following …

23 August 2017

Red Cross staff and volunteers are frantically working alongside emergency officials to rescue survivors and assist desperate communities that have lost their homes and loved ones in yesterday’s mudslides in and around the capital Freetown.

15 August 2017

We are receiving awful reports out of Sierra Leone, where hundreds of lives have been lost in flooding and mudslides.

14 August 2017

Babies born in remote parts of Liberia’s Bomi county are to have a brighter start in life, thanks to a Red Cross project to provide solar-powered lighting in health centres that currently have no electricity.

26 July 2017
KRCS cash transfer program (CTP) as part of the drought response, through mobile money with MPesa. Lokori,Turkana county, Kenya

A Kenya Red Cross Society programme in Northern Kenya is putting families in charge of their own recovery using cash transfer and mobile phones.

11 July 2017

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Hunger in East and Central Africa

Millions of people in East and Central Africa are facing a severe food crisis. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is responding to bring life-saving support to the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities.