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: Red Cross emergency response teams were quickly deployed to camps across Port-au-Prince when a severe and unexpected thunderstorm left thousands of families without tents and tarps.
PAKISTAN: The ICRC continues to assist thousands of people displaced by both the flooding and the fighting.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Acting as a neutral intermediary, the ICRC facilitated the handover to Congolese authorities of two pilots released in North Kivu.
COLOMBIA: Briseida González saved an 11-year old girl’s life after an anti-personnel mine accident in a remote village. The ICRC trains villagers like González in first aid so that they might be able to deal with an emergency in the absence of a doctor or nurse.
WORLDWIDE: Do you know exceptional nurses or nursing aides who have worked in natural disasters or armed conflicts? Nominate them for the Florence Nightingale Medal.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies