Africa

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The turning point for a Red Cross volunteer in the Central African Republic

"Volunteering is a calling. Once a volunteer, always a volunteer."

Guinea: Enhanced community engagement to bring the Ebola outbreak to an end

Strengthened beneficiary communications helps reduce community resistance to Red Cross responders

The personal dilemma of going home to northeast Nigeria

Families displaced by violence hesitate to return home, afraid of what they will find.

Guinea: Traditional healers support Ebola response at the risk of personal hardship

Traditional healers play a key role in engaging communities to stop the Ebola outbreak

In pictures – Garissa attack, Kenya

On 2 April 2015, gunmen stormed a university in Garissa, Kenya, northeast of the capital of...

The boy with Ebola who called me mother

"I arrived in Sierra Leone carrying three children in my heart. I left carrying four."

May 8 - World Red Cross Red Crescent Day and our Fundamental Principles

South Sudan conflict - one year on

South Sudan

In December 2013, South Sudan plunged into crisis. Ongoing violence has affected millions of people, many of whom remain in serious need of basic help and services in order to survive and cope with emergencies.

With clashes continuing in several places, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is working hard to respond to the needs of people across the country.

In Crisis: Central African Republic

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In December 2013, the Central African Republic was thrown into chaos and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people forever affected when violence erupted across the country. Since then, the Central African Red Cross Society, supported by IFRC, has attempted to bring relief to some of the more than 400,000 people forced to find safety and shelter in dozens of camps for the internally displaced. 

Find out more and meet some of the people affected by this ongoing crisis, as well as the brave Red Cross volunteers who continue to risk their lives to help those in need.

Media contacts

Africa zone office (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Katherine Mueller

Central Africa regional office (Yaoundé, Cameroon)
Mirabelle Enaka

Eastern Africa regional office (Nairobi, Kenya)
Aude Galli (acting)

Sahel regional office (Dakar, Senegal)
Moustapha Diallo

Southern Africa regional office (Gaborone, Botswana)

Kathryn Seymour                                                      


Your link to African Red Cross Red Crescent Societies

There are 49 African National Societies in the IFRC Africa zone, all in sub-Saharan Africa. Find a list and contact details here.

The 5 Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies in northern Africa, are part of the IFRC Middle East and North Africa zone. Find a list and contact details here.

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