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.]

MALDIVES: Please welcome the Maldivian Red Crescent as the newest member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. For almost five years, American Red Cross workers have been helping the Maldivian people train their own volunteers and establish the framework for their own Red Crescent society.  

INDONESIA: After more than four years of building thousands of shelters, earthquake resistant homes and wells, the Australian Red Cross is now wrapping up the tsunami programs – shifting their focus livelihood projects in other areas of Indonesia.
MONACO: A film called Gaza – Sderot : chroniques d’avant-guerre (Gaza and Sderot – before the war came) won the ICRC press prize at the 49th Monte Carlo Television Festival by ARTE France Développement. The film depicts “the day-to-day lives of Palestinians in Gaza and Israelis in Sderot, just three kilometres away, a few weeks before the Israeli military began its attacks on Gaza in December 2008.” You can watch it here.

PHILIPPINES: In an area where the shore is regularly “eaten by the sea,” the Philippine National Red Cross is busy building sea walls, planning evacuation routes and running drills.

WORLDWIDE: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The World Disasters Report,  recently released by the IFRC says, “humanitarians must adopt a new mindset and respond to the global economic crisis by fostering a cost-effective culture of prevention.”
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies