Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up

(The Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up is set to become a regular feature on our blog — it comes from the National Red Cross blog via the Red Cross PDX blog, and is short, snappy, and informative! We like those types of things around here!)

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…

Worldwide_Wrap_Up_Photo[The place names link to maps so that you can get a quick idea of the region.]

TAIWAN: Red Crossers continue to support search and rescue efforts after Typhoon Morakot. Three teams with more than 200 volunteers have been mobilized. The terrain is difficult and can sometimes only be navigated by foot.
PAKISTAN: While hundreds of thousands of people are returning to the North-West Frontier Province, others are newly displaced. The ICRC is providing aid for both types of challenging transition.
SRI LANKA: Red Cross-distributed water filters are making a big difference for the health of villagers who are continuing to rebuild after the 2004 tsunami.
ISRAEL: To mark the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the IRCR conducted a survey to gauge popular views of some of the core principles of international humanitarian law. Read some of the results here.
THE MALDIVES: It’s official. The world’s newest Red Crescent Society held its first General Assembly last weekend. And in true Red Cross and Red Crescent spirit, 19 volunteers, staff and supporters donated blood to the country’s largest hospital on the eve of the meeting.
GLOSSARY:
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
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