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Monday Movement update #3

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Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Tuberculosis: Tomorrow (24 March) is World TB Day. The Red Cross is working to prevent the spread of TB and stop discrimination against those living with it.

Red Cross staff held hostage: Staff members of the ICRC have now been held hostage in the Philippines for more than two months. The chairman of the Philippines Red Cross was able to speak to Mary Jean Lacaba, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter on 19 March.

Bangladesh cyclone recovery: Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh on 15 November 2007, destroying thousands of homes. Now the Red Cross is making sure families, like Oazed Mridha Fakir and Anwara Begum (pictured), have stronger houses.

Sri Lanka conflict: As fighting continues in Sri Lanka, the ICRC is working to bring those trapped in the middle a little hope.

Water and conflict: At the Fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul, the ICRC called on governements to ensure civilians have access to water during conflicts. Read an interview with Robert Mardini, head of the ICRC’s water and habitat unit.

*The Movement is made of 186 National Societies (including the British Red Cross), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation.

Image © Sanjida S. Tawhid/IFRC

Monday Movement update

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Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.A child drinks from a tap

World Water Day photos: More than a billion people lack a basic water supply and diarrhoeal diseases like cholera are on the rise. For World Water Day (22 March), the International Federation has created a photo gallery showing how it’s working with communities to improve their access to water.

Democratic Republic of Congo photo gallery: More than 1.2 million people have fled violence in North Kivu province since 2007. The ICRC has created a photo gallery on their website showing their work there. You can also read an interview with Carl de Keyzer, the Magnum Photos photographer who took the pictures.

Human trafficking in Eastern Europe: The Red Cross and other international organisations are warning the economic recession could lead to a rise in human trafficking.

Madagascar demonstrations: Political demonstrations in Madagascar have sparked violence for the past month and Malagasy Red Cross first aid volunteers have been out helping those caught up. They’re the only organisation providing first aid and getting people to hospital, making them local heroes.

*The Movement is made of 186 National Societies (including the British Red Cross), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation.

Image © Jakob Dall/Danish Red Cross

Becoming a filmmaker in Sierra Leone

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Group of kids wavingExciting day today. Last month I was in Sierra Leone and today, the two short films I produced on Red Cross programmes out there go live on the web. So, I know it’s a shameless plug but I hope you check them out.

Because I’m telling you, I’ve never worked so hard in my life – being a first time producer I had no idea what I was letting myself in for – it’s a really labour intensive job. But I loved every minute.

Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war ended in 2002 and since then the Red Cross has been helping people recover and build peace in communities that were torn apart by the conflict. I guess all civil wars are brutal and this one certainly didn’t buck the trend. I watched Sorius Samura’s documentary Cry Freetown before I went – it’s truly shocking. More

Preparing for the year ahead

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Ambulance with blue lights lit

I signed up for quite a few ambulance duties at my local Red Cross centre meeting last night. All of them were grass track duties, held at St Neots Autograss Club in Wyboston.

This was my first grass track event. Grass track racing is held up and down the country and involves varying amount of cars, either in the same class or an open-class event, hurtling around a mud (presumably once grass) track. I think it was in September – near the end of the season. I was part of a team of two/three ambulance crews, several first aiders and paramedic support. More

Welcome to Red Cross Radio!

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The British Red Cross is running a short series of podcasts. Every other Friday between 10 October and 21 November, we’ll be uploading a new episode of Red Cross Radio, our podcast programme featuring the incredible stories of our volunteers, staff and the people we’re helping in the UK and across the world.

Subscribe to Red Cross Radio so it automatically downloads onto your iPod or MP3 player, or just hit Play and listen on your computer.

We welcome your suggestions and comments – whether complimentary or critical. Email us at podcasts@redcross.org.uk.

For more information, visit our podcasting page on our website.