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…
PAKISTAN: The ICRC is providing training in first aid for journalists from Pakistan working in violence-affected areas.
IRAQ: The ICRC is helping more than 64,000 destitute Iraqis through the holy month of Ramadan by providing them with food and hygiene items.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: The ICRC and the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have begun to distribute food to 53,000 people who have fled their villages because of violence since mid-July. Meanwhile the ICRC recently reunited 14 Congolese children with their families.
AFGHANISTAN: Heavy flooding in conflict-affected northern and western Afghanistan has forced thousands to flee their homes and seek shelter elsewhere. The ICRC and the Afghan Red Crescent provided emergency aid for more than 40,000 people – many of them in dangerous or remote areas – in May and June.
CHINA: In response to some of the worst flooding in decades, the Red Cross Society of China has been distributing emergency supplies including tents, quilts, rice and drinking water.
SRI LANKA: As thousands of people return home to damaged or destroyed houses after the fighting, the German Red Cross is working with the The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and IFRC to build new homes and repair damage to others.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies