Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up

Worldwide_Wrap_Up_PhotoWelcome to the Weekly Worldwide 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.]

SAMOA: In response to the tsunami, the IFRC and Samoan Red Cross have been distributing relief supplies, including – of course – food and water, but also tools for farming and building shelters and women’s hygiene supplies. People on the ground have been coming together to support relief efforts. An American Peace Corps volunteer set up the Samoan Red Cross’ first ever website. And an independent filmmaker used his talents to document the resilience of the community (featuring Red Crossers among others).
    SOMALIA: “This weekend the Somalia Red Crescent Society sent two war surgeons and an anaesthetist to Kismayo to support the local hospital,” says Dr Ahmed M. Hassan, the Somali Red Crescent president. “They took 400 kg of surgical supplies from the ICRC with them which were urgently needed for the treatment of war-wounded patients.”
    GLOSSARY:
    ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
    IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
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