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…

[The place names link to maps so that you can get a quick idea of the region.]

CHINA: Quiqui the stuffed panda provides a way for children who survived last year’s earthquake to work through their grief.  

INDONESIA: In Jakarta, the Indonesia Red Cross responded with food, supplies and other support for survivors after a 100-year-old dam burst last week.  

In Banda Aceh, elementary school kids become “young doctors” – ready for the next disaster after being trained in basic health and emergencies in an American Red Cross/Indonesia Red Cross program.

NAMIBIA: Record flooding means that, on top of their losses, some residents have had to contend with crocodile and hippo attacks, reports Matthew Cochrane, a Red Crosser who is blogging from the field.

ANGOLA: The ICRC and Angola Red Cross help reunite a mother and son separated for 10 years.  

WORLDWIDE: Two organizations that “are everywhere” – the IFRC and the Lions Club – are joining forces to strengthen the role of volunteers in disaster preparedness and response in communities worldwide.