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Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up

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…

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

HAITI: American Red Crossers Mat Morgan and Bonnie Gillespie have both recorded videos journaling their experiences working on the relief effort.

INDONESIA: Hundreds of Red Cross rescuers in the province of West Java continue the search for survivors after heavy rains triggered a landslide early on Tuesday morning that engulfed 37 homes.

AFGHANISTAN: As fighting continues, the ICRC is focusing on evacuating and treating the sick and wounded in Helmand province. Two hospitals in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah and in Kandahar have been receiving patients from the area where fighting is most intense, but movement through the area is dangerous, making it difficult for the sick and wounded to get the care they need.
RWANDA: With its tracing and family reunification program, the ICRC has reunited over 14,000 unaccompanied children with family members in Rwanda since 1995. One such young woman was just reunited with her family after 15 years.
Côte d’Ivoire: Volunteers of the Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire, with support from the ICRC, have been providing relief and assisting people injured in street demonstrations.

ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies