Welcome 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.
KYRGYZSTAN: Tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbek refugees are returning to their home towns in Kyrgyzstan. This rapid, mass return of refugees poses challenges, but the IFRC, ICRC, and the Red Crescent Societies of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are working together to transfer aid where it is needed.
IRAQ: Currently more than 30,000 detainees all across the country are visited regularly by the ICRC. Learn more about how the ICRC helps detainees and their families.
NIGER: As the food crises worsens, the Red Cross steps up its response. In collaboration with the World Food Programme, Red Cross volunteers have already distributed food to more than 12,000 people and plan to reach more than 100,000 people by end of June/mid-July.
AFGHANISTAN: In an area where landmines pose a great risk, wheelchair basketball has become a popular sport since the ICRC built an outdoor basketball court at one of their seven orthopedic centres in the country.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies