6 April 2015
Specially trained psychosocial support volunteers have been sent from the UK to Djibouti to assist British nationals who have fled fierce fighting in Yemen.
The volunteers will provide emotional support and practical help to those who have been forced to leave the country by boat from Aden after sustained air strikes and clashes which have killed more than 500 people.
British Red Cross head of emergency response, Simon Lewis, said:
“Many of the people who have had to leave their homes have faced a harrowing journey by sea to safety in Djibouti and it is likely they have had to leave everything behind.
“Our volunteers will be on hand to help them and their relatives at this traumatic time.”
The Red Cross volunteers form part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Rapid Deployment Team, which is assisting Britons in Djibouti.
In previous deployments, Red Cross psychosocial support teams have assisted Britons following fighting in Libya, Haiti’s earthquake, the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 and the siege of a gas plant in Algeria in 2013.
NOTE: We will not be able to give details of this deployment while it is ongoing but spokespeople are available to discuss previous deployments and the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
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.