Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.
Philippines kidnapping: ICRC staff member Mary Jean Lacaba was released on 2 April after 78 days in captivity. Her colleagues Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter are still being held.
Italian earthquake: Italian Red Cross rescue teams were on the scene within an hour of this morning’s devastating earthquake in L’Aquila. They’ve set up a field hospital and mobile kitchens and are helping evacuate the injured and perform first aid.
Helping migrants in boat disasters: Last week a boat carrying migrants off the Libyan coast capsized, possibly drowning hundreds. The Libyan Red Crescent gave survivors blankets, food and other relief items. Migration from Africa to Europe usually increases between May and October because of calmer seas. Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the countries most affected – like Spain and Libya – have volunteers patrolling beaches to help those who need it.
Sri Lanka evacuations: The ICRC has evacuated more than 6,600 civilians from northern Sri Lanka to a hospital where they’re being treated for exhaustion, dehydration and war wounds.
Maldives tsunami recovery: When the Boxing Day tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean in 2004, it left 3,600 residents of one Maldivian island homeless. Since then, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has helped the community build a life on a new island (pictured).
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