Red Cross Helps Refugees in Tunisia and the Philippines

Red Cross Helps Refugees in Tunisia and the PhilippinesThe International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking everyone to think about and contribute to those living as refugees or in areas of violence where their way of everyday life has been greatly upset.

Right now, the Red Cross is helping individuals in the Philippines, a nation with a 40-year history of armed violence, as the National Democratic Front and the Philippine government hold peace talks with one another. Jean-Robert Jorda who is the Chair of the Mindanao sub delegation of ICRC said they are now working on aiding farmers to get their land back so they can grow food and continue life as normal. They are handing out various types of farming tools and vegetable seeds to nearly 4,000 families to help make this happen, and have given out over 40 tractors to help the farmers get their land cultivated.

Additionally, the Red Cross and Red Crescent are helping with the high number of migrants and refugees arriving into Tunisia; around 6,000 people came into the country today and around 82,000 have arrived in total. Tunisian authorities are overwhelmed by this high volume of people and are only able to let groups of one or two people pass through at a time, creating a severe bottleneck effect at the entrance point. The backup of people amounts to a wall of people over 1,600 feet long, which is longer than five football fields. In this situation, Red Cross and Red Crescent workers are providing first aid and make-shift shelters.

If you want to help the Red Cross in their overseas relief efforts, go to redcross. org or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).