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In photos: Increasing disaster management capacity in Afghanistan

The daily challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in Afghanistan are plentiful - from access to remote, mountainous, disaster-prone parts of the country; to limited resources and conflicts. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is uniquely positioned to reach the most vulnerable people, who might not otherwise receive assistance after a disaster. The Canadian Red Cross is working with the Afghan Red Crescent Society to increase its ability to support Afghans affected by natural and man-made disasters. 

A little warmth for those affected by ice storms

Doris and her husband live in Pokemouche, New Brunswick. They were without power for 12 days before coming to the Red Cross warming centre in Tracadie-Sheila to find out what could be done. 

When they arrived, Doris and her husband met Red Cross volunteer Michelle Gauthier, who gave them a friendly and comforting welcome.

An update from migrant and refugee camps on the Greek islands

Many refugees and migrants escaping violence and economic hardship due to conflict and instability at home will find themselves in Greece after crossing the Mediterranean by boat. There are approximately 65,000 refugees in Greece, and around 15,000 of those are in camps on the Greek islands. Canadian Pam Riley is currently working there with the Red Cross, she took a moment to update us about the current situation.

MNCH: How the Red Cross is helping mothers and babies

Learn about the Canadian Red Cross' work to help mothers and babies with the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health program in this guest blog by Elaine Ori. 

Calling all youth: be prepared with Stay Safe!

Aiming to give youth important first aid and injury prevention skills, the Canadian Red Cross has updated its Youth program to give youth greater confidence in caring for themselves and others. Stay Safe! is a new course designed for youth aged 9 to 13 years, in order to provide skills and knowledge to increase their confidence in staying safe on their own.

Civilians at risk as fighting resumes in Ukraine

In the past week, an already volatile situation in Ukraine escalated as heavy artillery and rocket fire hit residential areas in the eastern part of the country, ending a fragile ceasefire.  The fighting has put already vulnerable civilians at heightened risk, with the Red Cross warning of a deteriorating humanitarian situation. 

What do you want to ask an aid worker?

Every year during the first week of February, the Canadian Government recognizes International Development Week. The week aims to encourage Canadians to learn more about, and contribute actively to, international development. It also showcases the work Canadians are doing to make the world a better place.

Red Cross basics: The principle of impartiality

Everything the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement does is guided by our seven fundamental principles; Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. We’re taking a closer look at exactly what these principles mean, and how they govern our actions – today we’re looking at fundamental principle #2: Impartiality.

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