Author: Elena Pedrazzani

A city of misery

All photos: Munem Wasif/ VU/ ICRC. Reporting by Farzana Hossen and Lynette Nyman. A feature by Red Cross Red Crescent magazine Amid the hills and valleys not far from the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar, a series of sprawling camps now contain a population similar to that of a small city. (Comparable cities include Geneva, Switzerland; Washington D.C.; Kigali, Rwanda, and Kingston, Jamaica).  Some 680,000 people now live in desperate conditions, inside hastily erected tents and shacks set up after violence in Myanmar forced them across the border into Bangladesh. The physical and emotional suffering these people have endured  —...

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Empowering migrant communities to speak out in Italy

Italian Red Cross volunteers test the survey to collect feedback with the community. Collecting feedback is the first step to understand if the assistance we provide is relevant and effective and how we can improve what we do. Photo: Emiliano Albensi/Italian Red Cross by Andreea Anca, IFRC Promise, a 20-year-old woman from Nigeria, says she feels safe in the Italian Red Cross reception centre she has been staying in since surviving a harrowing four-day crossing from Libya to Europe. She is among several hundred migrants living in the Settimo Torinese reception centre in Turin and whose opinions, fears and needs...

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Responding to the Nepal earthquake

“It would be better if the announcement was done through the radio or television because then everyone would be informed about the aid and there would be none who would miss the information provided” Participant at a focus group discussion. Communities in Nepal are still struggling to cope with the effects of powerful seismic quakes that hit the country in April and May 2015, causing catastrophic damage to the capital, Kathmandu, and the surrounding valleys. The onset of winter brought a new facet to the humanitarian challenge as a sizeable population were living in transitional shelters and needed support...

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