Oct 18, 2011

Assistance and Revolution

At the same time when the National Societies in North of Africa and Middle east deal with political uncertainty in their countries, they have to quickly meet new humanitarian challenges. Humanitarian assistance involves the delivery of first aid, reuniting families and psychological support in the midst of violent encounters. The humanitarian workers also provide food, shelter and assistance to hundreds of people, desperate and dislocated, many of them migrants already marginalized even before becoming refugees. These pictures tell the story of humanitarian assistance in times of revolution and civil war. 

An evacuated person from Bangladesh waiting for his belongings at a camp of the Libyan Red Crescent in Benghazi. The man was one of the 1200 people who were suddenly brought on a boat of humanitarian assistance, docked in Misrata to Benghazi at the west of the coutry in April.  Photo: ©REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Migrants, dislocated by conflict in Libya, seeking for food at a transit camp of Choucha, Tunisia.  Photo: ©Victor Lacken/IFRC

Many migrants are left in a legal and literal limbo without any means to return home because of the conflict and the subsequent escape from Libya. Here a refugee from Bangladesh at a camp close to the libyan and tunisian border tries to cross the border with his passport. He was one of the many refugees who didn't manage to get help from his government to return home. Photo: ©REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol, courtesy www.alertnet.org

In addition to providing shelter, food, water and health care, one fundamental part of the Movement in helping the refugees is to help them to contact their families or others who may be important in helping them to survive, for their spiritual comfort or helping them to return home. In April Ashraf Mohamed, a 26-year-old evacuated egyptian, spoke with  his family in Bani Swaif, Egypt, from an egyptian Red Crescent camp in Benghazi. Photo: ©REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, courtesy www.alertnet.org

While many escape the violences in Libya through the desert, others escape to North, by the sea. Covering his face when praying, this man was one of the 76 people collected by a military patrol of Malta, 140 kilometers South of the Mediterranean island. The migrants from Bangladesh, Chad, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Sudan were working in Libya when the battles broke out. Photo: ©REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi, courtesy www.alertnet.org

The ones who survive the boat crossing from North Africa to Lampedusa in Italy often face new miseries. Here a man who fled the turmoil of Tunisia in March is sleeping in an improvised shelter. Photo: ©REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Migrants from North Africa arriving in South Italy in March. There the Italian Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies provide necessary services while European authorities discuss the status of these of the migrants and which country should have the responsibility to accommodate them. Photo: ©REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello, courtesy www.alertnet.org

In the Middle East the constant political rattle causes a significant number of dislocated people. More than 10,000 syrians fled to the neighboring Turkey in order to escape the armed violence, as an example this man at a refugee camp in Boynuegin, a border city in Turkey. Photo: ©REUTERS/Umit Bektas, courtesy www.alertnet.org

From Libya to Yemen the volunteers and professionals of National Societies – together with other local medical professionals – are often the only ones with access to areas with intense battles. As the poor Yemen reached the peak of the civil war, doctors and locals transport a man, wounded during battles between the Opposition and the police in the capital Sanaa. Photo: ©REUTERS/Ammar Awad, courtesy 

Retirado de: Red Cross Red Crescent- The magazine of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 

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