Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.
Philippines abduction: The group that abducted three ICRC employees on 15 January have threatened to kill one of them today if their demands are not met. ICRC president Jacob Kellenberger is appealing to the group to release Mary Jean Lacaba, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter unharmed immediately.
Crocs, snakes and hippos: As the Zambezi River floods north-east Namibia, villagers are having to fight more than the water to survive.
Pakistan/Afghanistan photo gallery: The ICRC has published a photo gallery of their work on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. See pictures and read stories of people like nine-year-old Nazir (pictured), who’s being treated at a surgical hospital.
Indonesia dam: Two days of rain burst a 100-year-old dam in Jakarta, killing at least 50 people. The Indonesia Red Cross has trained emergency response volunteers carrying out search and rescue, and handing out emergency relief items.
US disasters: It’s been a week of disasters across the US. Hundreds of people in North Dakota and Minnesota are sheltering with the American Red Cross as the Red River threatens to break its banks. Tornadoes have hit Mississippi, and parts of the Midwest and Rocky Mountains have been covered with heavy snow.
Angola: The ICRC is closing its office in Luanda after working continuously in Angola since 1975. Head of delegation Maryse Limoner explains how they will work in Angola in the future.
Image © J. Tanner/ICRC