7 April 2015
British Red Cross volunteers are helping UK nationals who have fled violence in Yemen.
The Red Cross support team was sent to the region after the country’s conflict grew dramatically worse. Air strikes and clashes between armed groups have killed more than 500 people.
The team is based in nearby Djibouti and will give emotional support and practical help to people forced to leave Yemen by boat from the port of Aden.
Simon Lewis, British Red Cross head of emergency response, 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.”
Teams have been deployed in Haiti and Libya
The Red Cross volunteers form part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Rapid Deployment Team, which is assisting Britons in Djibouti.
This is not the first time Red Cross support teams have helped Britons following crises. Volunteers helped people affected by fighting in Libya, Haiti’s earthquake, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and the siege of a gas plant in Algeria in 2013.