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British Red Cross aid workers head to Libyan border

Friday 4 March 2010


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Mark South: MSouth@redcross.org.uk, 0207 877 7042 or out of hours 07659 145095 

 

Two British Red Cross workers have been deployed to help with the growing aid effort on the Libyan border.
Logistics experts Melanie McNeill, 29, from London, and Mike Barcroft, 61, from Kent, will fly out to Djerba in Tunisia over the weekend to speed the delivery of aid to tens of thousands of people fleeing violence in Libya.

“Despite the airlift of people from the border, there are still huge needs,” said Katy Attfield, British Red Cross head of disaster response.
“There are tens of thousands of people stuck on the border, many who have arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs. They need the basics for survival: shelter, food, clean water and sanitation.

“With so many people flooding across the border who have nothing, this is a very real humanitarian emergency.”

As well as deploying Melanie and Mike, the British Red Cross is supplying thousands of blankets, tarpaulins, jerry cans, and cooking sets, as well as a hundred latrines.

The British Red Cross has also launched a Libya and Region Appeal to enable people in the UK to support the aid effort. To donate, visit www.redcross.org.uk/libyacrisis or call 0845 054 7206. 

The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has been on the ground helping people since the unrest began, and is scaling up its response.

Inside Libya, local Libyan Red Crescent volunteers have been providing first aid and blood bank services, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has 16 emergency specialists, including doctors and nurses, working in the east of the country, including in Benghazi.
On the Libyan/Tunisian border the Red Cross is providing food and shelter, has set up a health centre and is helping people who have fled contact their families to let them know they are safe.

Yesterday (March 3rd) two Libyan Red Crescent Ambulances came under fire in the city of Misrata, resulting in two volunteers being injured. One of the ambulances was completely burnt out.

“The red cross and red crescent emblems are symbols of neutrality and protection under international humanitarian law. Attacks on them are unacceptable. It is vital they are respected and humanitarian aid workers allowed to carry out their work without the threat of violence,” added Attfield.

Two British Red Cross workers have been deployed to help with the growing aid effort on the Libyan border. Logistics experts Melanie McNeill, 29, from London, and Mike Barcroft, 61, from Kent, will fly out to Djerba in Tunisia over the weekend to speed the delivery of aid to tens of thousands of people fleeing violence in Libya.

“Despite the airlift of people from the border, there are still huge needs,” said Katy Attfield, British Red Cross head of disaster response.

“There are tens of thousands of people stuck on the border, many who have arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs. They need the basics for survival: shelter, food, clean water and sanitation.

 “With so many people flooding across the border who have nothing, this is a very real humanitarian emergency.”

As well as deploying Melanie and Mike, the British Red Cross is supplying thousands of blankets, tarpaulins, jerry cans, and cooking sets, as well as a hundred latrines. The British Red Cross has also launched a Libya and Region Appeal to enable people in the UK to support the aid effort. To donate, visit or call 0845 054 7206. 

The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has been on the ground helping people since the unrest began, and is scaling up its response. Inside Libya, local Libyan Red Crescent volunteers have been providing first aid and blood bank services, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has 16 emergency specialists, including doctors and nurses, working in the east of the country, including in Benghazi.

On the Libyan/Tunisian border the Red Cross is providing food and shelter, has set up a health centre and is helping people who have fled contact their families to let them know they are safe. Yesterday (March 3rd) two Libyan Red Crescent Ambulances came under fire in the city of Misrata, resulting in two volunteers being injured. One of the ambulances was completely burnt out.

“The red cross and red crescent emblems are symbols of neutrality and protection under international humanitarian law. Attacks on them are unacceptable. It is vital they are respected and humanitarian aid workers allowed to carry out their work without the threat of violence,” added Attfield.

ENDS

Contacts:
Red Cross/Red Crescent contact Katherine Roux is available to assist with interviews and latest information. Katherine is on the Tunisia/Libya border. Contact on +21 622810238(local mobile) or katherine.roux@ifrc.org
Suhair Khalil – IFRC MENA communications coordinator +962-6 569 4911 / 5681060, suhair.khalil@ifrc.org.

The ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) has a spokesman in Benghazi named Hicham Hassan, who is available to do interviews in English, French and Arabic. He can be reached on his Egyptian cell phone: +20 187 42 43 44. His colleague
Biljana Milosevic (English), is based in Tunis, tel: +216 20 33 62 38.

Notes

Latest photos from inside Libya:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifrc/5496807690/in/set-72157626027273737/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifrc/5496807748/in/set-72157626027273737/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifrc/5496807748/in/set-72157626027273737/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifrc/5496807852/in/set-72157626027273737/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifrc/5496807892/in/set-72157626027273737/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifrc/5496216129/in/set-72157626027273737/

Photos from the Tunisian border:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifrc/sets/72157626027273737/?page=3
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http://av.ifrc.org/Standard/i-sendBasket.index.jsp?basketID=BB65EHV4U3C4TGQEWQXG7N4K7J

Broll on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUrRBpF7y20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWTvxvVEC5E

The Libya & Region Appeal will cover numerous countries including those currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters either overseas or here in the UK. For more information visit redcross.org.uk.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.

 

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