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June 27, 2012

Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you.  It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

UGANDA:  The Uganda Red Cross Society has been assisting in the search and rescue operations following a landslide in the Bududa district of the country which left an estimate 18 people dead and hundreds displaced.  Thousands more are said to be at risk of further landslides caused by floods in the region.   Rapid assessments by local Red Cross staff indicate that 3,368 people are at high risk and need to be relocated immediately.

SYRIA:  Last weekend Bashar al-Youssef, a 23 year old volunteer for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, was shot while on first-aid duty.  This is the fourth killing of this kind in Syria over the past year.  The IFRC and ICRC have condemned these acts, that highlight the difficulties faced by the Syrian Red Crescent Society, the only Syrian humanitarian organization operating in areas affected by violence.

BRAZIL:  Last week was the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil.  In conjunction with Rio +20 was the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice, in which the IFRC hosted a 90-minute discussion on the role of youth and women in advancing the food security agenda.  To demonstrate the importance of both youth and volunteering, the Brazilian Red Cross had a 100-strong team working 12 hours a day at three first aid posts throughout the People’s Summit.

LIBYA:  The Libyan Armed Forces and the ICRC signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this week, under which the ICRC will provide support for the integration of the rules of international humanitarian law in the army’s training and operations.  The ICRC has considerable expertise in promoting respect for the basic rules of international humanitarian law, having carried out humanitarian operations in armed conflicts for almost one and a half centuries.


GLOSSARY:

ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


PHOTO:
Staff and volunteers from the Uganda Red Cross Society undertaking search and rescue operations in the village of Bunakasala. (Uganda Red Cross)

May 30, 2012

Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

ITALY:  Following a second major earthquake in northern Italy the Italian Red Cross, in close cooperation with civil protection authorities, has been hard at work undertaking relief and assistance work.  Since the May 20th earthquake, the region has suffered over 800 aftershocks, and experts predict more to come.  An estimated 15 people have been killed in this week’s quake and the shocks caused significant damage to buildings.

SYRIA:  Following a high number of civilian casualties caused by the tragic events in al-Holeh, the ICRC remains extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation in Syria.  In cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the ICRC is providing emergency relief throughout Syria.  Since the beginning of the year it has brought aid to over 300,000 displaced people and others affected by the violence in the country.

MALI:  In northern Mali, the situation of displaced people and residents is alarming due to increasing food insecurity and armed violence.  The ICRC is working to distribute food to 23,000 displaced people in the Mopti area, provide fuel for generators that run water wells and treatment plants, assist farmers and livestock herders in addressing the hardship, and is facilitating the return home of detainees.

PHILIPPINES:  Tuberculosis patients at Quezon City Jail in the Philippines now have access to proper treatment and monitoring of their condition at a newly renovated and expanded facility.  Support for the infirmary, that can accommodate up to 60 patients, was provided by the ICRC which also facilitates the implementation of the National TB Control program in the jail.


GLOSSARY:

ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


PHOTO:
Italian Red Cross volunteers and staff addressing the aftermath of this week’s 5.8 earthquake. (Italian Red Cross)

March 28, 2012

Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

SYRIA: The impact of fighting in Syria on the humanitarian situation has increased significantly since December. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent continue to help those most affected by the fighting. In recent days, nearly 9,000 people have received aid in Homs and Idlib provinces, and more supplies have been delivered by truck to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for distribution. Fighting in Al-Zabadani (30 miles north-west of Damascus) resulted in hundreds of families fleeing to safety in Bludan, Madaya and Buqqin. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, working closely with the ICRC, sent humanitarian aid to the displaced.

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Since ammunition stockpiles exploded in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, on March 4th, unexploded devices in inhabited areas have been and still are a major hazard. Under an agreement with the Ministry of Defence, and in cooperation with the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center, ICRC explosive ordinance disposal experts are currently at work clearing and securing the hazardous areas. Over 300 bodies have been recovered so far and the ICRC is assisting with identification, psychological support to families, and in tracing unaccompanied children.

SOUTHERN ASIA: Across Southern Asia, the IFRC and National societies are working with local authorities to promote disease prevention and treatment. In regions of China that were worst hit by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, the Red Cross Society of China is empowering the young and old to help themselves by educating how to stay healthy by preventing common illnesses. In India, where two million people are infected with tuberculosis, the Indian Red Cross has been working in partnership with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to educate the public on transmission and treatment of the disease. Vietnam is currently facing a Hand, Foot and Mouth disease health crisis, and the Vietnam Red Cross has moved swiftly to educate people in the hardest-hit communities about how to reduce the risks.

JORDAN: This week a Middle East regional conference on health care in prisons began, organized by the ICRC. Prison directors and health-care experts from 11 Middle East countries are attending the three-day meeting in Amman, Jordan. The ICRC visits detainees to monitor the conditions in which they are being held and the treatment they receive, and when improvements are necessary discusses its findings directly and confidentially with the authorities concerned.


GLOSSARY:


ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


PHOTO:
In Idlib, Syria, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent distribute food parcels to 6,000 displaced persons and residents.

March 7, 2012

Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

JAPAN: On March 11th, 2011, Japan faced a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that resulted in a devastating tsunami, nuclear disaster, and several powerful aftershocks. Nearly 16,000 have been confirmed dead, with several thousand people remaining missing, and over 125,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed. To mark a year since this tragedy, the IFRC has produced a series of reports looking at what the Japanese Red Cross Society continues to do, including addressing the psychosocial stress survivors face, helping devastated communities rebuild, and assisting those affected by the nuclear exclusion zone.

SYRIA: In Syria, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have teams assisting people in new areas around the violence stricken city of Homs. These teams are providing first aid and medical care where needed, while distributing food, blankets and hygiene items to residents and to people who fled Baba Amr. The priority for the ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent is to continue assisting people affected by the violence.

UNITED KINGDOM: Land Rover, in partnership with the IFRC, has launched a 50-day, 8,000 mile trek from its factory in Birmingham (UK) to Beijing (China) to support a massive water and sanitation project in Uganda. The project aims to provide clean water and sanitation for 45,000 people. Four Land Rover vehicles have set off, and will be navigating through a dozen countries across Europe and Central Asia before arriving in China’s capital on April 23rd.

HONG KONG (CHINA): Later this week more than 60 law students and scholars representing 20 universities from Asia and the Pacific will participate in the 10th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot-Court Competition in Hong Kong. The teams, from Japan, Australia, Thailand, China and elsewhere, will have their knowledge of international humanitarian law tested by a panel of distinguished judges, lawyers and other legal experts. The moot court, organized by the ICRC and Hong Kong Red Cross, shows how international humanitarian law, which deals with how wars are waged, can ensure respect for human life and dignity.


GLOSSARY:


ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


PHOTO:
A year after a devastating tsunami hit Otsuchi, Japan, much of the debris has now been cleared with only the foundations left of many of the houses.

February 22, 2012

Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

SYRIA: With continued fighting impeding relief response, the ICRC is urging the Syrian authorities and all others to implement a daily cease fire for at least two hours. A temporary halt in the fighting would allow the ICRC staff and Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers to deliver aid and evacuate the wounded and the sick.

MADAGASCAR: On February 14th, tropical cyclone Giovanna landed in the district of Brickaville on the East coast of Madagascar, resulting in at least 16 dead, 65 injured, 10,856 people affected, 3,380 houses totally destroyed and 1,480 houses damaged. The Malagasy Red Cross responded well before the cyclone with 1,416 volunteers involved in an early warning campaign. A few hours after the cyclone, the Malagasy Red Cross volunteers started to assess the damage and the resulting needs.

NEW ZEALAND: Staff and volunteers from the New Zealand Red Cross took part in a variety of memorial events to mark the one year anniversary of the deadly 6.3 magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of 185 people on February 22, 2011 and damaged large parts of the city of Christchurch. In the aftermath of the disaster the Red Cross helped over 76,000 individuals and households, making it the largest relief and recovery program in the history of the New Zealand Red Cross.

MOZAMBIQUE: Late last month Tropical Cyclone Funso swept across the coastal areas of Zambezia province in Mozambique, leaving a trail of destruction to property and crops. Thousands of people were left homeless. The Mozambique Red Cross Society and the IFRC are launching an effort to provide relief to 10,000 families in need of shelter, food, mosquito nets and clean water.


GLOSSARY:


ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


PHOTO:
Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers and members of the local community unload trucks of humanitarian assistance in Homs, Syria

February 15, 2012

Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

PHILIPPINES: Last week a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit western Visayas and some parts of northern Mindanao in the Philippines, claiming at least 22 lives with a further 71 people missing and 52 injured. Within hours of the earthquake the Philippine Red Cross, with the support of the IFRC, deployed 500 food packs, 1,000 bottles of drinking water, 1,000 sleeping mats, 1,000 blankets, 500 jerry cans, 30 tents and one mobile warehouse to serve as the temporary hospital.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Early this month a ferry carrying at least 560 passengers sank off the north coast of Papua New Guinea. Two weeks later, over 180 people were still missing with authorities believing the death toll could reach at least 200. Staff and volunteers of the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society have been at the scene of the disaster since the accident occurred, offering counseling to relatives of the passengers waiting anxiously on shore and carrying out small distributions of emergency relief supplies.

SYRIA: Relief efforts continue in Syria as the violence escalates. Over the weekend Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoys reached the cities of Homs and Bloudan, providing much needed food, medical supplies, blankets, and hygiene consumables to thousands of people. The Syrian Red Crescent and the ICRC are planning further missions to continue providing humanitarian aid to people affected by the unrest.

BANGLADESH: Throughout the last decade, the ICRC has been working with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society to promote international humanitarian law to authorities in Bangladesh. Last week deans and department heads of 35 public and private universities in Bangladesh met to discuss the inclusion of international humanitarian law in their curricula. Additionally, this week the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an anti-crime force, is participating in an ICRC training course on humanitarian principles and international human rights law in domestic legislation.


GLOSSARY:


ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


PHOTO:
Survivors of the 6.9 earthquake in the Philippines receiving relief support. Philippine Red Cross

January 25, 2012

Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

SYRIA: Violence in Syria continues with one of the latest casualties being the secretary-general of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Dr. Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro. Dr. Jbeiro was shot in a vehicle clearly marked with the red crescent emblem after attending meetings at Syrian Arab Red Crescent headquarters in Damascus. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, IFRC, and ICRC are renewing calls for an end to violence, while volunteers continue to administer life-saving first aid to the injured.

IVORY COAST: Following the second round of presidential elections in late 2010 where both candidates claimed victory, tension and violence grew into a full-fledged armed conflict in Ivory Coast. In the chaos, hundreds of children lost contact with their families. The ICRC and the Liberian Red Cross have registered around 600 children separated from their parents and are working to bring the children back their families.

PHILIPPINES: As tens of thousands of survivors in Mindanao, Philippines enter their second month of uncertainty, the Red Cross is announcing plans to drastically increase its support to communities affected by December’s Typhoon Washi. The revised operation will see the Red Cross provide 2,000 families with cash or other livelihoods support as well as reaching 15,000 families – an estimated 75,000 people – with food, water storage containers and hygiene kits. In all, the Red Cross now intends to reach 100,000 people through these various interventions.

SUDAN: For Darfur's pastoral communities, livestock is essential for their sustenance and constitutes the backbone of the local economy. The lack of rain, desertification and prevailing insecurity has stressed herding communities into animal overcrowding at the few options remaining, leading to increased risk of disease. The ICRC has been extending its support by training animal health workers and through large-scale vaccination campaigns in remote areas of Darfur, and in response herders are reporting a dramatic decrease in the number of animals they are losing to disease.


GLOSSARY:


ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

January 4, 2012

Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...

SOMALIA: In response to ongoing armed clashes in the Middle Juba region of southern Somalia, the ICRC has sent urgently needed emergency medical supplies over the past few days to various medical facilities on both sides of the front line in Kismayo, Afmadow and Dhobley. In cooperation with local treatment facilities, the ICRC will continue to closely assess surgical and other medical needs in the coming days and weeks.

SYRIA: The situation in Syria has continued to deteriorate, especially in the past week, and violence is taking a heavy toll, leaving hundreds of people dead or wounded. Since June of this year, when the ICRC was granted greater access to the areas of unrest, the organization has been providing medical aid, food aid, and other basic items for the people affected. Over the past eight months the ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent have distributed at least 14,000 family sized one month food parcels, 30,000 school kits, 1,400 hygiene kits, medical supplies, hospital support, drought relief, and legal workshops concerning international humanitarian and human rights laws.

PHILLIPINES: An outbreak of the deadly bacteria Leptospirosis has highlighted the dramatic and ongoing needs of the tens of thousands of people in northern Mindanao, the most prominent island in the southern Phillipines, who were displaced and affected by Typhoon Washi. The Philippine Red Cross has deployed health staff and mobilized additional volunteers and resources in an effort to help limit the outbreak.

AFGHANISTAN: At the ICRC's Orthopedic Center in Kabul, playing wheelchair basketball is a welcome diversion for both patients and staff. The patients had been playing basketball together for some time, but it was more like 'buzkashi' – the ferocious no-holds-barred local equivalent of polo. Inspired by a training course they received in May of 2010 by West Linn-native wheelchair basketball player and coach Jess Markt, the players have practiced together every week since then.


GLOSSARY:


ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies