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…

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

SOMALIA: Heavy rains are severely affecting thousands of families displaced by the hostilities in Mogadishu. The ICRC has distributed 7,000 tarpaulins as emergency shelter.

PAKISTAN: The ICRC and the Pakistan Red Crescent Society have launched the first stage of an extensive economic assistance program for families affected by violence in Malakand Division.

EL SALVADOR: The Salvadorean Red Cross has been searching for and rescuing survivors of severe flooding brought on by Hurricane Ida.
UKRAINE: The Ukrainian Red Cross Society is responding to the H1N1 pandemic through preparedness outreach and visiting nurse programs.
CAPE VERDE: The Red Cross responds to the country’s first ever dengue fever outbreak.
KENYA: The IFRC is distributing food, water, and seeds for thousands of people in the midst of a crippling drought and food crisis. The American Red Cross has also contributed $100,000 to these efforts.
AFGHANISTAN: Landmine and accident victims take their message of hope to the sky with a kite-flying competition for wheelchair-bound patients at its rehabilitation centre in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
UNITED STATES: Veterans Day kicked off the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. Make holiday cards for service members and the American Red Cross will deliver them overseas.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent