In a world crowded with symbols, what do the red cross, red crescent and red crystal mean?Read More
Hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict and political instability in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Many times, one of the only items they carry with them, their only safety net, is their phone. Phones provide access to information and connection to loved ones. Learn just how important these phones can be by watching the following video (best viewed from a mobile device).Read More
Malaysia: The lunar new year in Malaysia will be facing disruption as floods affect as many as 15,000 people. Hamilah Binta Isa from the village of Buloh Kasap said “it has been four days since the flood waters forced us to evacuate and I still can’t get to my house.” The Malaysian Red Crescent society has been having its staff and volunteers provide relief to those affected. Basic necessities have been distributed as well as support in rescue activities. There has also been a need for psychological support following the traumatic effects of the flooding.Read More
Kenya: The Red Cross in Kenya is working to provide assistance after the drought in Kenya. The drought began in January 2014 when it was announced by the Kenyan government that an estimated 1.6 million people would feel the effects of an upcoming drought. Agriculture livelihood zones were affected which ultimately resulted in food insecurity. The lives of people and animals are found to be at risk. As the drought continues to affect Kenya, communities are at risk of losing their cattle to the drought.Read More
Philippines: The Philippine Red Cross is preparing to provide assistance following Traslacion or the Black Nazarene procession. Black Nazarene is an icon and many Filipinos believe in its ability to cure disease just by touching it. Every year it attracts many people with this year having millions of expected people. Traslacion is the largest procession and attracts many devotees. It can last as long as twenty hours.