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.]

ZIMBABWE: The cholera count keeps ticking closer and closer to 100,000. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society continues their treatment and prevention work – despite a serious lack of funding
PAKISTAN: 550 phone calls connect 550 families who have been separated as a result of ongoing fighting. The stats get bigger when you start counting things like meals, shelter, water and medical care for the thousands of displaced people in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.
CHAD: “Late one afternoon two brothers came in. They had been injured by an anti-personnel mine. Their parents accompanied them on the eight-hour journey on a dirt track,” says an ICRC working in Abéché. Read the whole interview here
SRI LANKA: 250,000 displaced people need food, water, shelter, medical care and to know if their families are alive and well.  One by one the ICRC is helping to restore these family links.
RWANDA: Just across the border in the Democratic Republic of the Congo looms an active volcano called Nyiragongo. Last time it erupted 400,000 people fled into Rwanda. Now the Rwanda Red Cross is working closely with scientists to get ready for Nyiragongo’s next round.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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