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…
HAITI: Of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the earthquake, detainees are among the most vulnerable. The ICRC has been working with this population for many years and continues to provide assistance. Meanwhile the Columbia Red Cross has organized games as a part of a psychosocial support program for yet another vulnerable group – children.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Repairing houses, distributing seeds and farm tools to farmers, and giving fishing equipment to fishermen. These are a few ways the ICRC is helping 35,000 people piece their lives back together after losing their homes and livelihoods to the violence.
COLOMBIA: This week, an individual held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) was released and handed over to representatives of the ombudsman’s office and the Catholic Church, in the presence of a delegate from the ICRC.
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies