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.]
HAITI: A 7.3 earthquake struck Haiti, yesterday. Up to 3 million people may be affected. The IFRC has people on the ground and has pre-positioned relief supplies for 3,000 families in Haiti.
The ICRC’s warehouse in Haiti has been damaged. They’ll be sending more staff and supplies
, and have set up a website
for people seeking to restore contact with family members after the earthquake.
The American Red Cross has pledged $1 million dollars to the relief efforts and has released supplies (such as tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets) from a warehouse in Panama to meet the immediate needs of 5,000 families. Check the Disaster Online Newsroom
for the latest on the American Red Cross response.
: Efforts to help detainees received a boost when the ICRC visited people in Taliban custody for the first time since 2001. Other recent activities in the field include water sanitation, limb-fitting and rehabilitation, food distribution, and promoting international humanitarian law. Read the full report
: Harsh weather
worsens the plight of civilians in the conflict zone, leading to increased risk of respiratory infection – especially for children – as the ICRC continues to assist with food, water, supplies and medical care.
= International Committee of the Red CrossIFRC
= International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies