money needed to save lives in Mali
As people in the north of Mali continue to be hit hard by
the effects of the armed conflict and the ongoing food crisis,
the ICRC appealed to donors for US$ 28 million, making the
Mali operation ICRC ’s fourth largest in budgetary
“In the north of the country, the situation is becoming
more and more alarming,” said Yasmine Praz Dessimoz,
the ICRC ’s head of operations for North and West Africa.
Along with the Mali Red Cross, the ICRC had already provided
160,000 people with food. With the extra funds, the ICRC
will reach a total of 500,000 people and continue supporting
a hospital in the city of Gao, as well as other health centres
in northern Mali.
The IFRC has also launched an appeal for food security assistance
of US$ 2.7 million of cash, in-kind or other services to
support the Mali Red Cross and help more than 142,000 affected
people. The IFRC had already allocated US$ 278,000 from its
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to initiate actions in Mali.
Volunteers of Pakistan
Red Crescent Society (PRCS ) light candles during a vigil
for the victims of a garment factory fire in Karachi in September.
One of the first responders was a PRCS Emergency Response
Unit, which gave first aid and transferred survivors to local
hospitals. At least 314 people burned to death as fire swept
through factories in two cities in Pakistan, raising questions
about industrial safety in the South Asian nation.
©Reuters/Akhtar Soomro, courtesy www.alertnet.org
hits remote China region
Rescue teams from the Red Cross
Society of China struggled through rugged terrain and precipitous
mountain roads to bring help to survivors of a series of
earthquakes that struck a remote part of Yunnan province
in south-western China in September.
Crossing these mountains
is difficult even in normal times. But rockfalls and landslides
following the earthquakes added to the logistical difficulties.
The earthquakes — the strongest of which was magnitude
5.7 — left more than 80 people dead and approximately
800 injured in one of China’s poorest areas. Some 200,000
people were evacuated.
Thousands of quilts and warm jackets,
and hundreds of tents have been distributed to the worst-hit
areas, which are more than six hours by road from the provincial
capital, Kunming. An emergency response team from the Yunnan
Red Cross was deployed to provide latrines in one of the
main camps for the displaced.
pushes for greater protection in Syria
ICRC President Peter
Maurer concluded a three-day visit to Syria in early September,
during which he held talks with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian
president, and several ministers. He urged all parties to
the conflict to respect humanitarian law relating to the
treatment of detainees and called for greater humanitarian
access and protection.
He also visited areas affected by
the fighting to see first hand how civilians are coping. “I
was shocked by the immense destruction of infrastructure
and homes in several areas,” he said. “And I
was deeply moved by the stories of distraught children who
had lost their parents in the fighting.”
He also visited
several medical posts. “Health workers face tremendous
difficulties in performing their duties,” he added. “Many
men, women and children who could be saved are dying on a
daily basis because they lack access to medical care.”
Photo: ©Reuters/Khaled Al Hariri, courtesy www.alertnet.org
still displaced by Manila flooding
By mid-September, almost
a month after monsoon floods swamped Manila and nearby provinces,
thousands of people in low-lying areas around the Philippine
capital were still unable to return home. Unlike Metro Manila,
where flood waters receded and people have started rebuilding
their lives, the surrounding provinces of Laguna and Rizal
Realyn Sembrano, 25, and her family were
among the people now living in a makeshift camp. The youngest
of her three children had rashes caused by mosquito bites
and bathing in unsafe water. “It pains me to see my
baby going through this at an early age,” she said.
to say “I’m feeling dizzy”
As more than 2 million people flocked to London
from all over the world for the Olympic and Paralympic Games,
British Red Cross volunteers and staff provided firstaid
training sessions to residents in the host Olympic boroughs
and worked with emergency services to provide first aid at
events and transportation hubs near the Olympic venues.
teams didn’t just carry firstaid kits. They were also
equipped with multilingual, Red Cross phrase books that contained
62 questions and phrases related to first aid and emergencies,
translated into 51 languages.
During the events, the teams
helped dozens of people, many of whom suffered from dehydration
or heat stroke. Red Cross volunteers such as Dane Smith and
Darren Oldham responded on bicycles equipped as mini ambulances,
complete with oxygen, defibrillators and items for treating
cuts and sprains.
“We might not be as fast as [Olympic
cyclists] Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins,” said
Smith, “but we can cut through the crowds to provide
help wherever it’s needed.”
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51: Percentage of National
non-emeregency revenue that comes
from fee-based services (blood banks,
first-aid training) and enterprises
(hospitals, retail stores, etc).*
98: Percentage of collines or
communities in Burundi that have
Burundi Red Cross volunteer groups,
each with 50 to 500 volunteers.**Click here for
2,850: Number of collines in
6,000: Number of people who
died in the United States’ worst catastrophe, known
as the Great Storm of 1900, in Galveston, Texas. Click here for
of Central American migrants reportedly sent home by Mexican
authorities last year.***
70,000,000: Number of people
worldwide who are forced migrants, according to the IFRC ’s
World Disasters Report 2012
8,000,000,000: Estimated cost
of all forms of forced migration to global economy, expressed
in US dollars.
* IFRC, ** Burundi Red Cross, ***ICRC