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…

Côte d’Ivoire: The situation in Côte d’Ivoire following the recent presidential elections is becoming increasingly tense. Red Cross workers have been helping the wounded, visiting prisoners and restoring contact between family members.

SUDAN: Darfur, an area of Sudan that has been affected by armed conflict since 2004, is almost as big as Spain. It has only one rehabilitation center where people in need of a mobility device can get assistance – supported by the ICRC.
YEMEN and GUANTANAMO BAY: For the first time, families in Yemen and their relatives detained at the US facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been able to communicate via video-teleconference, using a new service made available by the ICRC.
ARMENIA and AZERBAIJAN: Three times over the past year, the ICRC has been instrumental in the handing over of ex internees and mortal remains between Armenia, Nagorny Karabakh and Azerbaijan.

NIGER: To help ease the consequences of the serious crisis in food production and livestock raising, nearly a million head of cattle will be vaccinated as part of a vast campaign conducted by the country’s ministry of animal resources with support from the ICRC.
PAKISTAN: Volunteers from the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, IFRC and their partners are handing out thousands of winterized shelter kits to help families affected by the recent floods survive the harsh winter.