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.]

ICELAND: The Icelandic Red Cross has provided food, shelter, and support for residents evacuating since the the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

CHINA: The Red Cross Society of China has been providing medical care, quilts, clothes, tents, and other relief for thousands of people affected by last week’s earthquake.
GAZA/WEST BANK: Several Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have partnered to create psychosocial support groups for women living in the midst of conflict.
HAITI: Among various activities, volunteers have been setting up a new settlement for some of the most vulnerable quake-affected people from Haiti’s capital, while field hospitals have been busy with maternity and newborn patients.

GENEVA: Addressing diplomats in Geneva, the ICRC’s president, Jakob Kellenberger, appealed to States to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies