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.]

TANZANIA: Floods ushered in the new year, displacing more than 1,000 people, and affecting as many as 25,000. With support from the IFRC, the Tanzanian Red Cross Society is providing search and rescue assistance, relocation assistance, emergency shelter and supplies like blankets, water buckets, water purification tablets and cooking sets.

SRI LANKA: “Being a Red Cross volunteer has given me the opportunity to help others who were in the same situation I was in,” says a woman named Fowza, who survived the 2004 tsunami and then became a volunteer with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society.
TAJIKISTAN: A medium strength earthquake has left hundreds of people without homes. With support from the IFRC, the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan is providing relief supplies like winterized tents, construction tool kits,tarps, bed-linen sets, mattresses, pillows, cooking sets, shovels, hoes, water cans and hygiene kits.

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