News stories from the Middle East and North Africa region

23 September 2016

Sea crossings continue to claim lives on North Africa’s shorelines

The mortal remains of 30 people who lost their lives in trying to cross the Mediterranean have been recovered by the Libyan Red Crescent after a boat sank off Libya earlier this week.
More than 2,400 Red Crescent volunteers on ground to serve pilgrims during hajj
10 September 2016

More than 2,400 Red Crescent volunteers on ground to serve pilgrims during hajj

On the eve of hajj season 2016, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority is welcoming pilgrims arriving in Mecca with a comprehensive plan that aims at ensuring they have access to any service or support they might need, and have a safe and pleasant pilgrimage.
From junk to life-saving kit – getting creative in an emergency
15 August 2016

From junk to life-saving kit – getting creative in an emergency

Magen David Adom trains its volunteers to improvise life-saving first aid equipment in disasters.
Iraq: Red Crescent provides relief to 5,000 families displaced by Shirqat fighting
28 July 2016

Iraq: Red Crescent provides relief to 5,000 families displaced by Shirqat fighting

Since early July, heavy fighting in Shirqat city in the Iraqi governorate of Nineveh has led to a great wave of displacement.
Lebanon: Red Cross and Red Crescent support refugees during Ramadan
4 July 2016

Lebanon: Red Cross and Red Crescent support refugees during Ramadan

Each Ramadan for the past five years, Kuwait Red Crescent Society has held a campaign to support thousands of vulnerable Syrians who were forced to flee their conflict-stricken towns and cities, and seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
Ramadan 2016: Qatar Red Crescent Society supporting vulnerable communities during holy month
30 June 2016

Ramadan 2016: Qatar Red Crescent Society supporting vulnerable communities during holy month

Hoping to spread the spirit of compassion and fraternity, Qatar Red Crescent Society launches each year in Ramadan activities and programmes to support vulnerable and underprivileged communities inside and outside Qatar.
Libya: Mediterranean crossing continues to claim lives
17 June 2016

Libya: Mediterranean crossing continues to claim lives

In countries far from Europe, where conflict, disasters and poverty are rife, thousands of people have made the difficult choice of gambling their lives on the possibility of a better, safer life.
Fallujah displaced reach 17,000, Red Crescent gears up to meet needs
7 June 2016

Fallujah displaced reach 17,000, Red Crescent gears up to meet needs

Intense fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah and surrounding towns in the past few days has significantly increased the number of people who were forced to flee their homes.
Red Crescent teams responding in Fallujah appeal for action to prevent civilian suffering
31 May 2016

Red Crescent teams responding in Fallujah appeal for action to prevent civilian suffering

Throughout the past week, heavy clashes have rocked the already unstable Iraqi city of Fallujah and its surrounding regions, putting the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk, and dramatically increasing the need for urgent humanitarian assistance.
Children can keep their childhood thanks to Red Crescent volunteers in Yemen
12 May 2016

Children can keep their childhood thanks to Red Crescent volunteers in Yemen

For more than a year, communities across Yemen have had to endure the turmoil wrought by the country’s ongoing armed conflict.

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