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196 Countries in the World, 187 National Red Cross Groups, 1 Mission

Get ready to cruise around the world!! No not literally I’m sorry to say but in this post we will be checking out what the Red Cross is doing around the globe.

On Wednesday June 13th the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.  The award noted the work the Red Cross has done in conflict affected regions like Syria and Somalia and in disaster affected areas like Haiti and Japan. The award was accompanied by a price of 50,000 euro (63,000 USD) and a sculpture by artist Joan Miro. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2012/06/13/red-cross-wins-spanish-intl-cooperation-prize/

The Red Cross Society of China has donated 100,000 USD to Taiwan in order to provide aid to the city of Taipei. The area has been impacted by flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains and the funds will be used to evacuate and shelter people as well as to purchase relief materials.  http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-06/18/content_15510341.htm

The Red Cross of Liberia in conjunction with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has begun distributing seed rice, assorted vegetable seeds, and farming equipment to refugees in Liberia. The distribution began this year in 2012 through the IFRC supported West Africa Population Movement Recovery Program and has been joined by the Liberian National Red Cross Society. The refugees, many of whom are women and children, have expressed great gratitude at the assistance they have been provided with.  The project is said to be impacting approximately 22,000 people in three counties.  http://allafrica.com/stories/201206180706.html

In Syria, three Red Cross aid workers were injured when their convoy was caught in a roadside explosion. The aid workers suffered minor injuries and it was the first time aid workers have been injured since the start of the violence in Syria.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iCKXV_lTyY76kOjh-BtzPZD0BE5A?docId=008459d1d8964f2a9e4569374779474e

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