Red Cross helps celebrate World Humanitarian Day

How are you being a humanitarian this year? 

The World Humanitarian Day, designated by the United Nations in 2003, is celebrated every year to celebrate humanity and the spirit that inspires people to help others who are in need, even in difficult and dangerous situations, often putting their own lives at risk.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent network that includes the International Federation of the Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross and its 187 national societies including the American Red Cross is focusing on on-going efforts in calling for protections of volunteers and promoting support and solidarity for Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers who risk their lives at the service of others. 

In Syria 37 Red Crescent volunteers have been killed while on duty, since the beginning of the conflict. In the occupied Palestine territory, two volunteers from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society have been killed in the recent conflict and many more have been injured in the last months.

Many of these volunteers are young people – youth who are committed to saving lives by putting their own lives at risk every day.

ICRC is also drawing attention to the fact that health-care personnel are often among the first to be attacked in war and other situations of violence. A complete report from ICRC regarding this issue can be seen here: http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/report/2013-05-15-health-care-in-danger-incident-report.htm

As part of the network of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, the American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati Dayton Region is responding to both local and international needs within our capacities. Our local disaster volunteers are responding to local emergencies and fires, assisting with services to the armed forces, and many other capacities within our mission. In the International Services Department, we are raising awareness and funds for Measles and Rubella Initiatives, educating the public about International Humanitarian Laws, and connecting families through Restoring Family Links services. 

International Humanitarian Law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances. For more than 20 years, the American Red Cross has promoted international humanitarian law through its chapters. The Greater Cincinnati – Dayton Region is selected in its third year to participate in the International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign 2015, among 11 other chapters. This program for young people (high school and college levels) are open for applications. For more information, please contact the International Services Department
The International Committee for The Red Cross has updated the Customary International Humanitarian Law that integrates practice up until the end of 2010 of the following countries: Bangladesh, Ireland, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka, the United States of America and Zimbabwe. (link: http://www.icrc.org/eng/war-and-law/treaties-customary-law/customary-law/) To receive updates about IHL and American Red Cross work all over the world, please contact the International Services Department.

Disclaimer: the International Services Department does not deploy volunteer overseas. Deployment of volunteers is organized by the International Response and Programs by the American Red Cross National Headquarters.

This year’s theme for World Humanitarian Day is “the world needs more..” Express what you think you can do this year to support the work of humanitarian workers near and far through social media with the hashtag #theworldneedsmore through social media (twitter, Facebook, instagram), and change your word into action.

Be a humanitarian today, volunteer with the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities#step1

To learn more about International Services: www.redcross.org/intlcincinnati

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1 Comment

  1. american Red Cross is the only organization I will donate my time and money to. They are truly out to help unlike alot of the other charitable organizations. Great work, great people. Thank you for all you do.

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