Cameroon’s: Thousands in urgent need of humanitarian assistance

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.

Mounting tragedy for people fleeing Myanmar

After fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh, Rehana doesn’t know how she will take care of her newborn and grieve for her son.

What we know: Hurricane Maria

Red Cross volunteers and staff are once again on high alert across the Caribbean as Maria cuts a path of destruction.

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Fighting famine 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.

Coming events: World Blood Donor Day – 14 June. World Refugee Day – 20 June.

Annual Report

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The image of young Alan Al-Kurdi, dead after the boat carrying him and his family sank en route to Greece, shocked the world. It brought attention to the migration crisis on the shores of Europe, cutting through – at least for a time – the divisive rhetoric that had masked this humanitarian tragedy.

It served as a reminder of how deeply interconnected we are and of how suffering in one country or one region can have ramifications across the globe. It called to our collective humanity, to our shared decency.


Our impact

160.7 million

people reached with long-term services and development programmes

110 million

people reached with disaster response and early recovery programmes

4.5 million

people reached with emergency response or temporary shelter

9.1 million

people reached with vital food support in the last year

About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.

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