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ICRC operations in the Americas
A country-by-country overview of the ICRC’s work to provide neutral and independent assistance and protection for victims of conflict.
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The ICRC’s key objectives in the Americas are to promote respect for the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) and to protect and assist people affected by conflict and armed violence.

Its main operation in the region is in Colombia. Elsewhere, it visits detainees and tries to help families who are desperate to know the fate of relatives missing because of conflict. As a strictly neutral intermediary, the ICRC maintains contacts with governments, regional organisations and opposition groups.

The ICRC encourages governments to put the provisions of IHL into national law, helps to improve the training of military personnel in IHL and urges its adoption in university courses. It works closely with the national Red Cross societies of the region, giving support for activities such as IHL promotion, emergency preparedness and restoring family links.

The ICRC delegation in Washington covers Canada and the United States. It is the organization's interface with the US authorities over humanitarian issues arising from the so-called "global war on terror", including regular visits to detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. The ICRC, which has observer status to the United Nations, maintains a permanent delegation to the UN in New York.

  • Key data on the ICRC’s global operational budget for 2010

    The country and region names used herein are intended to facilitate reference and have no political significance.

Key document
    22-4-2010
    Increasing the visibility of all conflict victims in Colombia
    Thousands of Colombians are suffering as a consequence of the armed conflict – often in silence. By recognizing them as victims, the ICRC is able to improve the assistance and protection activities it carries out on their behalf. Recognition likewise makes it easier for them to access the services offered by the Colombian government. Foreword to the 2009 Annual Report on Colombia by Christophe Beney, head of delegation in Bogotá.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Colombia)
    Report Includes Photo

    29-3-2010
    To serve and to protect: dealing with violence requires a professional and well trained police force
    Violence can break out suddenly or be an everyday reality. When order must be restored, casualties can be reduced or avoided by police action that reflects international rules and standards. Interview with Pascal Progin, outgoing ICRC delegate for the police and security forces programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas)
    Interview Includes Photo

    23-3-2010
    Latin America: prisons are an ideal breeding ground for tuberculosis
    Tuberculosis (TB) poses a serious threat to public health, and the incidence of the disease can be 20 times higher in places of detention than among the general population. Alain Vuilleumier, ICRC doctor for Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, explains why this is and how the ICRC is supporting prison services in the region.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas)
    Interview Includes Photo

    26-10-2009
    Persons detained by the US in relation to armed conflict and the fight against terrorism – the role of the ICRC
    This document explains the purpose of the ICRC's visits to places of detention run by the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the procedures that the organization follows.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\United States)
    Operational update

Annual Report
    19-5-2010
    Europe and the Americas - ICRC Annual Report 2009
    In 2009, the ICRC’s priorities were to contribute to better protection of people deprived of their freedom, to help clarify the fate of people unaccounted for from past and current conflicts, and to assist, and improve the protection of, people directly affected by ongoing armed conflict, including displaced persons, particularly in Colombia and the Caucasus. The ICRC also continued to promote IHL and to foster a deeper understanding of its role and activities among authorities, armed and security forces, universities and schools.
    (Info resources\Annual Report\2009)
    Annual Report Includes PDF

Event
    24-11-2009
    The Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World
    Cartagena, Colombia, 29 November - 4 December 2009. Second Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction.
    (Info resources\Events)
    Event Includes Photo

Feature
    12-5-2010
    Haiti: Saïda has been found!
    During the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Salvanie lost all trace of her nine-year-old daughter, Saïda. The girl had been pulled alive from the rubble of her school, taken to a hospital and then sent on to an unknown destination. Her desperate mother appealed to the ICRC and the Haitian Red Cross for help. Thanks to their efforts, little Saïda was finally found in Guadeloupe. More than three months after the earthquake, she was back in her mother's arms.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Feature Includes Photo

    6-5-2010
    Guatemala: a shattered dream with a silver lining
    Hugo Leonel wears a prosthetic foot following a desperate escapade with a train. Many disabled Guatemalans, like Hugo, are now benefiting from technological support provided by the ICRC.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Guatemala)
    Feature Includes Photo

    9-4-2010
    Haiti: tracing evacuated children
    Three months on from the earthquake, radio stations are back on the air, phones and Internet are working again. These technologies have enabled many people to find their relatives. However, some parents are still desperately searching for their children, evacuated to unknown destinations in the chaos that immediately followed the quake. ICRC and Haitian Red Cross teams are doing all they can to reunite the families. A report from Olga Miltcheva in Port-au-Prince.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Feature Includes Photo

    18-3-2010
    Haiti: bringing water and restoring dignity to the elderly
    The elderly and infirm are among the most vulnerable of the many tens of thousands of people living in crowded, often squalid camps in Port-au-Prince. The ICRC's Jessica Barry has been to see how some of them are faring.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Feature Includes Photo

    12-3-2010
    Haiti: helping hands for tuberculosis patients and disabled people
    The earthquake that struck Haiti two months ago has brought new challenges for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. The Red Cross is supporting a tuberculosis sanatorium in Léogane and a rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities in Port-au-Prince.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Feature Includes Photo

    11-3-2010
    Chile: ocean victims get back in touch with families
    Fear of tsunamis and aftershocks prompted many to flee the coast of southern and central Chile after the recent earthquake. Ten days on, many victims are living in improvised camps.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Chile)
    Feature Includes Photo

    2-3-2010
    Colombia: I am a strong, determined mother
    Sexual violence related to Colombia's armed conflict is on the increase. Affecting women, men and children. Many victims fail to report attacks, either because they are afraid of being stigmatized or because they have received threats. The story is repeated again and again. In silence.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Colombia)
    Feature Includes Photo

    23-2-2010
    Haiti: resilience prevails as people struggle to rebuild
    Six weeks on from the earthquake that shattered parts of Haiti on 12 January, the ICRC's Jessica Barry went to find out how people in and around the capital Port-au-Prince are coping now. Haitians are demonstrating remarkable resilience in the face of overwhelming destruction and personal tragedy.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Feature Includes Photo

    16-2-2010
    Haiti: the ICRC rehabilitates damaged national prison
    With overcrowding as high as 80% in Haiti’s places of detention, the country’s inmates face increased health risks – a situation made far gloomier following the devastation caused by the January earthquake. The ICRC is intensifying work it has been carrying out in prisons for years to improve the lot of detainees.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Feature Includes Photo

    2-2-2010
    Haiti earthquake: protecting unaccompanied children a priority
    Protecting unaccompanied children and restoring links between them and their families is one of the ICRC’s top priorities in Haiti. Marc Studer is in charge of restoring family links in Port-au-Prince. He explains how the ICRC works in partnership with the Haitian Red Cross, UNICEF and local organizations.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Feature Includes Photo

    2-12-2009
    Colombia: tools for building a better future
    Most civilian victims of weapon contamination in Colombia live in rural areas, but returning to agricultural work after an accident can be difficult. In many cases, they have to leave their homes and move to a city, alone or with their families, to get the medical treatment they need. Many are also forced to leave the area for safety reasons.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Colombia)
    Feature Includes Photo

    29-5-2009
    Guatemala: putting an end to the pain of uncertainty
    The 1960-1996 internal armed conflict in Guatemala left tens of thousands of people dead and missing. The authorities, victims’ relatives, and various organizations are still searching for the remains of many of these people. Once found, they must be identified. The ICRC offers technical advice and material assistance to the Guatemalan organizations that are pursuing these efforts, and supports the families through the legal proceedings.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Guatemala)
    Feature Includes Photo

    6-4-2009
    Peru: overcrowding fuels tuberculosis infection in prisons
    Tuberculosis is a disease which is transmitted from person to person. For this reason, it spreads easily in prisons marked by overcrowded conditions. In Peru, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) took part in training health promoters to detect possible cases of infection in order to obtain immediate treatment for them.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Peru)
    Feature Includes Photo

    3-4-2009
    El Salvador: "Safer Access" model successfully put into practice during 2009 elections
    In order to be able to respond quickly and effectively to any possible incidents during the presidential elections in March in El Salvador, the Salvadorean Red Cross implemented its Elections 2009 Contingency Plan, with the technical and financial support of the ICRC. The ICRC supported the National Society's prevention work and ensured that its operational and security guidelines were followed.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\El Salvador)
    Feature Includes Photo

    6-3-2009
    Mexico: the importance of supporting prisoners’ families
    Women often face major problems when a member of their family is imprisoned, especially a man. Eva learned all about this when her husband was arrested for taking part in demonstrations in the Mexican city of Oaxaca during 2006. She agreed to tell us her story, recounting with great dignity her suffering and the difficulties she faced during this period of separation.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Mexico)
    Feature

    2-2-2009
    "United against dengue": the Red Cross and the residents of Rio join forces to prevent the disease
    The ICRC and the Brazilian Red Cross (BRC) mounted the campaign "United against dengue" in seven "socially vulnerable" districts of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil. As part of the campaign, more than 80 community workers, members of the health profession and BRC volunteers received training so that they could explain to the population how to avoid a dengue epidemic.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Brazil)
    Feature Includes Photo

Field newsletter
    31-5-2010
    Canada and the USA: News and Notes, May 2010
    The ICRC Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada says farewell to its spokesperson Bernard Barrett who reflects on his time in Washington in an interview. And it's welcome back to our "new" spokesperson Simon Schorno, who already occupied the post from 2005 to 2008. Next, we look at how the ICRC is using videoconferencing to connect Guantanamo detainees with their families. Then there's a summary of humanitarian challenges related to urbanization in a statement marking this year's World Red Cross Red Crescent Day on May 8. We take a  look at the ICRC's participation in an American Red Cross symposium on forced migration and displacement. Finally, don't miss the new, improved, free ICRC application for iPhone.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\United States)
    Field newsletter

    30-4-2010
    Canada and the USA: News and Notes, April 2010
    The ICRC Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada is troubled to share the news that eight of our colleagues are being held by an armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). [Our colleagues were released safely just after this edition appeared -- see below]. ICRC Deputy Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart, explains how difficult it is for the ICRC to operate in some areas. We share the ICRC's position on nuclear weapons, followed by summaries of recent ICRC-sponsored IHL workshops. Next, we tackle a reader's question about non-international armed conflict and we finish with a look at the IHL databases that the ICRC maintains online and announce the release of the Customary IHL Study in digital form.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\United States)
    Field newsletter

    31-3-2010
    Canada and the USA: News and Notes, March 2010
    We're overjoyed to share the news that our colleague Gauthier Lefèvre is free after nearly 150 days in captivity! Next, we interview Anne Zeidan-Wenger, ICRC's internal displacement project leader. Keep reading to learn more about what the ICRC is doing to commemorate World Water Day and World Tuberculosis Day. We also invite you to become a fan of the ICRC on Facebook! And finally, we invite you to send in your questions on IHL.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\United States)
    Field newsletter

    28-2-2010
    Canada and the USA: News and Notes, February 2010
    This issue includes an interview with Laurent Maurice, conducted shortly after his release from captivity in Chad. Then we bring you the latest news from Haiti. Next, we say good-bye to our friend and colleague Jens-Martin Mehler, the delegation's Protection Coordinator for the past two years. Finally, a big thank-you to everyone who took part in our newsletter survey!
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\United States)
    Field newsletter

    31-1-2010
    Canada and the USA: News and Notes, January 2010
    Happy New Year! Thanks to all the readers who have already completed our feedback survey. If you haven't yet taken part, it's not too late, as we have decided to keep the survey open until 31 January. We begin this month's newletter with a word on the ICRC's response to the 12 January earthquake in Haiti. Next, we bring you an interview with the ICRC's head of delegation in Afghanistan, Reto Stocker, followed by the latest on ICRC operations in Yemen. We report on the international humanitarian law course co-hosted by the ICRC and Santa Clara Law School's Center for Global Law and Policy and wrap up with a peek into the ICRC's historical archives in Geneva, which go back to 1863. 
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\United States)
    Field newsletter

    28-7-2008
    Canada and the USA: News and Notes, all editions
    An index of all Canada and the USA "News and Notes," from the very first edition to the present
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\United States)
    Field newsletter

ICRC film
    19-2-2010
    Guatemala: the missing, everybody's commitment
    The stories of Edgar, Guadalupe and Don Jacinto are typical of hundreds of others. They are the stories of people who still suffer because a member of their family disappeared during the armed violence in Guatemala. These three Guatemalans eventually made it to the end of the long road faced by all who search for a missing relative. Many others can only dream of such an outcome.
    (Info resources\ICRC publications and films\Films\Protection)
    ICRC film Includes Video

ICRC Publication
    19-5-2010
    Colombia: annual report 2009
    This report presents the outcome of the ICRC's humanitarian work in Colombia in 2009. The data and figures herein illustrate the benefit that the ICRC's activities bring to the victims of armed conflict in Colombia.
    (Info resources\ICRC publications and films\Publications)
    ICRC Publication Includes PDF

    25-1-2008
    Participation of American States in IHL treaties and their national implementation – 2007 Report
    This document summarizes the major developments that took place during 2007 regarding the national implementation of international humanitarian law in the Americas.
    (Info resources\ICRC publications and films\Publications\Humanitarian law)
    ICRC Publication Includes PDF

International Review of the Red Cross
    31-12-2008
    Interview with The Hon. Sergio Jaramillo Caro, Vice Minister of Defence in Colombia
    The Honourable Sergio Jaramillo Caro is Vice Minister of Defence in Colombia. Prior to this, he held several diplomatic and governmental positions, including adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (where he was in charge of diplomacy for peace), Political Counsellor of the Embassy of Colombia in France, and Adviser for Political and Strategic Affairs of the Ministry of Defence.
    (Info resources\International Review\2008 - No. 872)
    International Review of the Red Cross Includes PDF

    30-6-2006
    Reflections on international humanitarian law and transitional justice: lessons to be learnt from the Latin American experience
    This article seeks to determine the influence of international humanitarian law on the transitional justice process. The author examines the specific experience of certain Latin American states that have been deeply affected by serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
    (Info resources\International Review\2006 - No. 862)
    International Review of the Red CrossElizabeth Salmón G. Includes PDF

Interview
    24-3-2010
    Colombia: ICRC prepares for release of two soldiers held by FARC
    The ICRC is preparing to facilitate the release of two soldiers currently held by FARC-EP and the handing over of the remains of a police officer who died in captivity. The head of the ICRC delegation in Bogotá, Christophe Beney, explains the role of the ICRC in this humanitarian action.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Colombia)
    Interview

    22-2-2010
    Guatemala: the continuing tragedy of the disappeared
    Tens of thousands of Guatemalan families still do not know what happened to relatives who disappeared during the armed conflict that racked the country from the 1960s to the 1990s. Carlos Batallas heads the ICRC's Guatemala office. He explained the difficulties these families face.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Guatemala)
    Interview Includes Photo

    12-2-2010
    Haiti earthquake: Haitian solidarity, one month on
    Riccardo Conti, the ICRC's head of delegation in Haiti, witnessed the powerful earthquake that struck the island one month ago. He looks back at the first days of the emergency response, marked by incredible solidarity between the survivors, and speaks of the challenges that lie ahead.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Interview Includes Photo

    2-2-2010
    Haiti earthquake: no effort must be spared in reuniting children with their families
    The earthquake in Haiti has been particularly devastating for children who lost their parents. ICRC child protection adviser Kristin Barstad explains what the organization is doing alongside other agencies to find the best solution to the plight of unaccompanied children.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Interview Includes Photo

    3-12-2009
    Uruguay: an ex-detainee talks about his time in prison and the visits by the Red Cross
    Uruguayan poet and playwright Mauricio Rosencof was imprisoned from 1973 to 1985 for his activism in the National Liberation Movement – the Tupamaros. Rosencof talks of his 13 years of isolation and what the Red Cross visits meant to him.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Uruguay)
    Interview Includes Photo

    3-12-2009
    Prison visits in Uruguay: an ICRC delegate shares his experiences, 25 years on
    Hernán Reyes has been an ICRC doctor for 26 years. During this time, he has visited hundreds of prisons across five different continents. In 1984, during the period of military rule in Uruguay, he was finally granted access to nine detainees who had been kept in solitary confinement for over a decade.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Uruguay)
    Interview Includes Photo

    28-9-2009
    Honduras: "Red Cross must be able to work in safety"
    The ICRC and the Honduran Red Cross are working together to help people affected by the recent clashes between demonstrators and the security forces. Christoph Kleber, deputy head of the ICRC's regional delegation for Central America, describes Red Cross action on the ground in Tegucigalpa.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Honduras)
    Interview Includes Photo

    3-4-2009
    Colombia: providing access to water during armed conflict
    The lack of a reliable water supply is, for some communities, the result of isolation and poverty. Armed conflict can also limit people’s access to water. Honduras Motilona is a settlement in north-eastern Colombia, an area that has been severely affected by the conflict. Here, in 2008, the ICRC worked with the community and the local authorities to build an aqueduct. Paola Ximena Cárdenas, ICRC water and habitat specialist, describes the project in more detail.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Colombia)
    Interview Includes Video

    5-2-2009
    Colombia: emotions flow as released captives are reunited with their families
    The ICRC is helping to prepare the release of former lawmaker Sigifredo López, currently held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Patricia Danzi, ICRC head of operations for Latin America, describes recent missions that enabled five other people to return to their families.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Colombia)
    Interview Includes Photo

    10-7-2008
    The ICRC in Latin America and the Caribbean
    In many Latin American and Caribbean countries, people are suffering the consequences of armed conflict and other situations of violence. In other countries, a conflict may have ended decades ago, but people are still struggling to rebuild their devastated lives. Maria Dos Anjos Gussing, the ICRC’s head of operations for Latin America and the Caribbean, details the organization's efforts to meet humanitarian needs in the region.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas)
    Interview Includes Photo

    30-6-2008
    Protecting people in situations of internal violence
    In January 2008, the head of the ICRC’s regional delegation in Buenos Aires, Michel Minnig, addressed the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Organization of American States on the subject of internal violence. In this interview, he reviews the main points of his statement.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas)
    Interview

Operational update
    12-4-2010
    Haiti: hundreds of thousands still heavily dependent on aid
    Three months on, living conditions remain difficult for hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Port-au-Prince, who are still dependent on international aid. Children who became separated from their parents when the earthquake struck are among the most vulnerable.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Operational update Includes Photo

    11-3-2010
    Bolivia: ICRC offers advice and expertise to Bolivian institutions
    Throughout 2009, the ICRC contributed its advice and expertise to various areas of humanitarian activity in Bolivia. Its delegates visited detainees, helped promote international humanitarian law (IHL), and trained and equipped four emergency-response teams from the Bolivian Red Cross.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Bolivia)
    Operational update Includes Photo

    1-3-2010
    Haiti: ICRC still meeting quake needs while resuming traditional role
    Seven weeks after the earthquake struck, the ICRC continues to respond to people's vital needs in many stricken parts of Haiti. Over the past fortnight it has reunited four children with their families in Port-au-Prince.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Haiti)
    Operational update Includes Photo

    16-9-2009
    Colombia: ICRC activities from April to June 2009
    The armed conflict in Colombia is having a major impact on public health. Attacks on medical personnel are hindering community access to basic health services, and many of those injured are not receiving effective and appropriate medical attention. In response to these concerns, in April the ICRC took part in the first national seminar on the delivery of medical services in wartime.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Colombia)
    Operational update Includes Photo

    7-5-2009
    ICRC activities in 2008 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay
    The ICRC strives increasingly to assist people caught up in internal violence and tensions, especially clashes in urban settings and strife related to social, indigenous and land issues in various parts of Brazil, Paraguay and Chile. It also promotes international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles throughout the region.
    (The ICRC worldwide\The Americas\Argentina)
    Operational update Includes Photo

Photo Collection
    28-1-2010
    Haiti earthquake: photo selection – 22 to 27 January
    Photos illustrating the situation in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake and the ICRC's response. Media outlets are welcome to download and use these photos, which are also available in high resolution.
    (Info resources\Photos\The Americas)
    Photo Collection Includes Photo

    11-1-2010
    Peru: 25 years of ICRC presence
    The ICRC has been assisting and protecting conflict victims in Peru since 1984 – those affected by the country's internal armed conflict (1980-2000) and those caught up in the international armed conflict between Peru and Ecuador (1995). The ICRC also strives to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law and of the basic humanitarian principles of the Red Cross throughout the country.
    (Info resources\Photos\The Americas)
    Photo Collection Includes Photo

    16-10-2009
    Colombia: more than 40 years on, the conflict continues – photo gallery
    The population of Colombia is still feeling the impact of a conflict that began in the 1960s. The ICRC continues to help ease the suffering of the most vulnerable – the injured, the displaced, detainees and families of missing persons. These photos were taken in February and March 2009 by war photographer Franco Pagetti, from the VII photo agency.
    (Info resources\Photos\The Americas)
    Photo Collection Includes Photo

Report
Video Collection
    12-5-2010
    Haiti: the search for Saïda
    After the earthquake thousands of families began searching for their loved ones, unsure whether they were dead or alive. When 9 year old Saïda was dug out of the rubble, she was taken to a hospital in the capital Port-au-Prince and then transferred for further treatment in Guadeloupe. But her mother, Salvanie did not know that her daughter had left the country. In desperation she contacted the ICRC for help. Saïda was tracked down staying with a host family in Guadeloupe and finally made the journey home to her family.
    (Info resources\Video\The Americas)
    Video Collection Includes Video

    1-2-2010
    Haiti earthquake: medical aid for the survivors
    The need for urgent medical aid for earthquake survivors is desperate. Health care personnel from all over the world have joined forces to treat the wounded. Field hospitals and operating theatres have been set up for the most severe cases. Shortly after the disaster struck, first-aid posts were set up by the Haitian Red Cross and the ICRC, providing basic health care to tens of thousands living in makeshift camps.
    (Info resources\Video)
    Video Collection Includes Video

    29-1-2010
    Haiti: water for earthquake survivors
    The water supply in Port-au-Prince was already in a critical state but the earthquake made the situation far worse as the supply network was crushed and fractured. Tens of thousands of people were left without safe water. Setting up self contained water storage and distribution systems was an immediate priority for the ICRC.
    (Info resources\Video)
    Video Collection Includes Video

    28-1-2010
    Haiti: earthquake survivors reconnect
    In Haiti, thousands of people live in anguish, unsure whether their relatives are buried under the rubble or alive and unable to communicate. In the first two weeks following the earthquake, Red Cross tracing teams offered over 2,000 phone calls to survivors in the largest camps in Port-au-Prince, so they could get in touch with relatives abroad. Over 3,000 people have posted a "safe and well" message on a special website (www.icrc.org/familylinks), while 22,000 persons are listed as unaccounted for.
    (Info resources\Video)
    Video Collection Includes Video


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