Thursday, May 7, 2009

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day Showcases Sister Societies Working Together

Today, the American Red Cross-Dallas Area Chapter joins more than 700 American Red Cross chapters throughout the United States and 185 other Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies around the world to celebrate World Red Cross Red Crescent Day.

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day honors Henry Dunant who founded the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement nearly 150 years ago. This year’s observance theme is, “Sister Societies Working Together,” which pays tribute to Dunant’s vision and highlights the partnership between the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to protect the lives and dignity of people everywhere.

Each year armed conflicts and disasters leave millions of people around the world in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Through our Restoring Family Links program, we are able to address some of the lesser-known outcomes of traumatic events, including separation and lack of knowledge. This program allows families separated by these types of crises share urgent news through written messages, email and telephone.

The Red Cross coordinates the efforts of local chapters, like the Dallas Area Chapter, and Red Cross and Red Crescent societies abroad to help, most often, immigrants or refugees living in the United States learn the well-being of and convey personal messages to loved ones they left behind. In many cases, these communication services are the only hope of reaching family in remote refugee camps and hostile war zones. Last year, the Red Cross helped exchange messages and conduct related tracing between more than 9,400 people separated by crisis in countries, such as Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia as well as on behalf of Holocaust survivors.

Additional information about how to access and support the Restoring Family Links program, including the Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center, is available online.

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