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…

HAITI: Of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the earthquake, detainees are among the most vulnerable. The ICRC has been working with this population for many years and continues to provide assistance. Meanwhile the Columbia Red Cross has organized games as a part of a psychosocial support program for yet another vulnerable group – children.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Repairing houses, distributing seeds and farm tools to farmers, and giving fishing equipment to fishermen. These are a few ways the ICRC is helping 35,000 people piece their lives back together after losing their homes and livelihoods to the violence.
COLOMBIA: This week, an individual held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) was released and handed over to representatives of the ombudsman’s office and the Catholic Church, in the presence of a delegate from the ICRC.
UNITED KINGDOM: Fifteen years since the wars in Croatia and Bosnia and 10 years after the end of the conflict in Kosovo, almost 15,000 people remain unaccounted for. The ICRC and British Red Cross have launched a book and photo exhibit to raise awareness of this issue. The ICRC maintains its support for the families of those still listed as having disappeared during the hostilities.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies