Annual Report for 2013: A strong response to complex crises
The devastating effects of acute crises that emerged at the end of 2013 in South Sudan and the Central African Republic are still being felt. The conflict in Syria has assumed the proportions of a catastrophe, with serious implications for the entire region. In Afghanistan, Israel and the occupied territories, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and other countries, large numbers of civilians continue to suffer the effects of protracted armed conflicts. The ICRC strove throughout 2013 to mount an effective response to these and other complex situations, and to reach people in need, in greater numbers than ever.