Friday, February 4, 2011

What in the World, Wednesday!

Welcome to the What In the World, Wednesday! 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...

AUSTRALIA: With barely time to catch their breath from the flood relief efforts, Australian Red Crossers are now also responding to Cyclone Yasi - assisting with evacuation centers and helping people find out about the safety of family and friends.
EGYPT: One week into the protests that are shaking Egypt, the ICRC is working together with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society to gain a clearer picture of the humanitarian situation and the resulting needs. Support for health services and access to detainees are ICRC priorities.
IRAN/IRAQ: This week the ICRC helped repatriate the remains of 38 Iraqi soldiers killed during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War.
TUNISIA: The ICRC has resumed its visits to people in Tunisian places of detention to monitor the conditions in which they are being held and the treatment they receive.
CHAD: The ICRC helped 369 ex-detainees return to their villages.
The Philippine Red Cross has delivered assistance to thousands of residents affected by floods and landslides