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Armed conflict, insecure environments and disasters in the COVID-19 era

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in conflict zones work under challenges most of us can’t imagine; treating frequent injuries from bombs and bullets, dealing with disrupted supply lines, and managing hospitals and clinics that are damaged or even under attack.
Now imagine adding COVID-19 into that mix.
Red Cross Talks reached out to Hossam Elsharkawi to discuss the additional threat that the global pandemic poses to those who live and work in areas of conflict.

For people living in conflict zones, COVID-19 presents a dangerous threat

For people living in conflict zones, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an additional dangerous threat. Learn why International Humanitarian Law is important to protecting civilians' health in these conflict zones.  

International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers: What can be done

February 12th is the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers. Around the world, children are associated with, and used during, armed conflict with devastating effects on both the child and society. A child associated with armed conflict is not limited to children who engage in the fighting, as children are often used by parties to a conflict as cooks, messengers, and/or for sexual purposes. Many armed groups specifically recruit or capture children because they are easy to physically and mentally control.

How does International Humanitarian Law protect women during war?

Gender-based violence can happen to anyone, but some people are more vulnerable - especially those living in war and conflict-affected areas. International Humanitarian Law protects women in times of conflict, read how. 

As important today as it was then: the Geneva Conventions marks 70th anniversary

You have probably heard of the Geneva Conventions before, but are you familiar with what they say, who they protect, and how they continue to impact us? Seventy years ago, the Geneva Conventions were created. To honour this 70th anniversary, we are taking a closer look.

Reporting from conflict zones: Tools for journalists

Journalists play a critical role in reporting what is happening on the ground during armed conflicts. This puts journalists in a unique and important position when it comes to International Humanitarian Law, as they witness first-hand what is happening. Check out this series of webinars for journalists to learn more about International Humanitarian Law, and resources that are available. 

Forced to Fight: a new interactive, online resource explaining IHL

On June 20, World Refugee Day, the Canadian Red Cross launched its new interactive, online resource, Forced to Fight. Designed for teachers and students between 13-18 years old, Forced to Fight helps explain International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and humanitarian issues by allowing the user to experience what it is like for young people living in situations of armed conflict around the world.

Game of Thrones final season: Red Cross helps you pick sides before winter comes

For those of us who are fans of the show, Game of Thrones can create some internal conflict. We love watching the characters, but sometimes their actions can be so... hard to watch! Some Red Cross superfans found a perfect way to reconcile their humanitarian spirit and love for the show. To mark the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, Australian Red Cross has analyzed every previous episode to reveal the television epic’s worst war criminal.
 

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