18 January 2013
A British Red Cross psychosocial support team has travelled to North Africa to help Britons involved in the Algerian hostage crisis.
The team of six will provide emotional support and practical help to British nationals caught in the situation and their relatives.
The team forms part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Rapid Deployment Team, which travelled to North Africa this (Jan 18) morning.
Simon Lewis, Head of Emergency Planning at the British Red Cross, said: “Our psychosocial support team will be providing emotional support and practical help to Britons as part of the FCO’s response to the Algerian hostage crisis.”
In accordance with its role as an auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field the Red Cross is responding at the request of the FCO, which is responsible for providing consular assistance to Britons overseas.
In previous deployments psychosocial support teams have assisted Britons following fighting in Libya and events in Egypt in 2011, Haiti’s earthquake, flooding in Madeira and the transport chaos as a result of the volcanic ash cloud in 2010, and the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.