In this podcast we hear about a report which the Red Cross are publishing detailing the personal experience of people who have been affected by conflict.

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Our world. Views from the field

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The International Committee of the Red Cross yesterday released the first of their findings of a report they are due to publish next month, detailing the personal experience of people who have been affected by conflict.

Displacement, separation from family members and a lack of access to basic necessities are among people’s most common experiences and biggest fears. This was revealed by an ICRC survey Our world. Views from the field, published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Solferino, which prompted the creation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

56% of the people directly affected by conflicts have been displaced, over half have lost contact with a family member and one in five has lost their livelihood.

To raise awareness of the impact of armed conflict or other situations of armed violence on civilians, the ICRC has launched a vast research programme. This research focused on some of the most troubled places in the world the Solferinos of today which are either experiencing situations of armed conflict or armed violence or suffering their aftermath: Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia and the Philippines.

Our world. Views from the field.” opinion survey

Within the framework of the Our world. Your move. campaign, the ICRC commissioned Ipsos, a polling firm, to conduct quantitative (statistical) research surveys in all eight countries. A broadly representative sample of the adult general public was interviewed, either in person or by telephone, in each country. The specific sampling methods and any groups/areas excluded are described in the relevant country reports.

  • Part 1 : The impact of armed conflict was to determine whether the respondents had personal experience of armed conflict or armed violence and, if so, the specific impact it had on them.
  • Part 2: Behaviour during armed conflict will focus on what respondents think of international humanitarian law (IHL) and their views on behaviour during armed conflict. It will be published in August to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions.