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Syria Chaos claims ICRC Aid Official
(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)

SYRIA- Local Syrian NGOs along with International ones condemned late on Wednesday the killing of Secretary General of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Dr. Abdel Razaq Jbeiro and a Christian priest the Rev. Basilious Nasser on Wednesday.

Syrian Arab Red Crescent Dr. Jbeiro was shot dead Wednesday as he travelled outside the capital Damascus in a clearly marked vehicle, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

Doctor Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro, also head of the Red Crescent branch in the northern town of Idlib, was on the highway to Idlib from Damascus after attending meetings at Red Crescent headquarters, the agency said in a statement.

“Regardless of the circumstances, the ICRC condemns this very severely,” Beatrice Megevand-Roggo, head of ICRC operations for the Near and Middle East, told Reuters in Geneva.

In a statement expressing shock at the killing, the International Committee of the Red Cross called on “all those involved in the violence” to spare Red Cross and Red Crescent staff members.

“The exclusively humanitarian aim of the Red Crescent and Red Cross is to bring aid in a fully impartial and neutral manner to people in need,” the statement said.

She added that the “lack of respect for medical services” remained a major issue in Syria.

“The president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Dr. AbdulRahman al-Attar, said that he has “officially requested the Syrian authorities to launch an investigation into the death of Dr. Jbeiro,” the ICRC said in a statement.

Syria official media reported Wednesday “The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) denounced the assassination of head of Red Crescent Branch in Idleb Dr. Abdel Razaq Jbeiro, who was gunned down by armed terrorist group on Wednesday in Khan Shekhoun.”

Syrian state television blamed “terrorists” for the killing, saying he had been “assassinated” in Khan Sheikhoun district.

State-run SANA news agency added “A statement issued by the three organizations said that the news of Dr. Jbeiro’s death was a great shock, pointing out that Jbeiro was on his way back to work after the conclusion of meetings held in Damascus, and that he was in a car clearly carrying the distinct logo and symbol of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.”

Dr. Jbeiro, born in 1945, had also previously worked as director of Idlib hospital.

Megevand-Roggo, who had just returned from a two-week trip to Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, told Reuters that checkpoints and harassment in Syria prevented ambulances and medical workers from evacuating and treating the wounded, some of whom have died as a result.

“It is very difficult for the wounded, notably those among the opposition forces, to get access to necessary medical care. It is difficult for medical personnel to do their work without being under pressure,” she said. “Lives have been lost.”

“There have been repeated incidents where Red Crescent ambulances have been shot at, our volunteers have been wounded. Their work is very dangerous,” she added to Reuters.

“Protests started out as non-violent but today the situation is one of widespread violence in the country because many arms are circulating and many people use them, Megevand-Roggo said.

“Our access remains fairly random, we cannot go places with any regularity or frequency, some areas are more problematic than others,” she said. “We’d like to develop a more regular and frequent presence in affected areas, including rural zones.”

The ICRC started visiting prisoners in Syria for the first time last September, including the central prison in Damascus.

But it has been unable to carry out further visits to detention centers due to a disagreement with Syrian authorities over the ICRC’s standard terms, she said.

“The dialogue is difficult, we are in a situation of stagnation regarding the possibility for us to resume our activities and visit other detention centers,” she said.

ICRC terms worldwide include the right to interview prisoners privately about their treatment and conditions of detention and to make follow-up visits.

Syrian authorities say that more than 5,000 detainees were released under Bashar’s latest amnesty this month, although activists say this still leaves many thousands more behind bars.

“There are certainly several thousand detainees. We have very little information on the situation,” Megevand-Roggo said. “The most urgent thing is to be able to tell families where their loved ones are being held and to facilitate contact between them.”

The ICRC is the only international agency deploying aid workers in Syria. A local Red Crescent volunteer was killed and three others were injured in the flashpoint city of Homs last September when an ambulance came under heavy fire.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in a 10-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad`s regime, the United Nations said last month.

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Colombia: Floods DREF operation no. MDRCO004

Glide No. FL-2008-000197-COL

The International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 95,700 (USD 87,477 or EUR 60,955) has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate emergency assistance to 1,000 families. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Heavy rainfall during the second rainy season in the regions of La Mojana, Llanos Orientales and Region Andina have led to severe flooding, affecting many people by damaging or destroying their homes and belongings. The Colombian Red Cross Society has been working since the onset of the disaster to provide relief assistance to the affected population.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 22 January 2009; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 22 April 2009).

The situation

The second rainy season continues in most parts of Colombia, causing several mudslides, the overflowing of rivers and flooding in the low areas adjacent to the Magdalena and Cauca rivers. The Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies Institute (Instituto de Hidrologia, Metereologia y Estudios Ambientales – IDEAM) forecast that the heavy rains will continue, particularly in the Caribbean and Andean region of Colombia. Alerts were issued around critical rivers (Magdalena, Sinu, San Jorge) that could overflow, as well as to warn people of the imminent risk of mudslides.

The Colombian Red Cross Society (CRCS), in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior’s Direction of Disaster Prevention and Response (Direccion de Prevencion y Atencion de Desastres), estimated that throughout this year an accumulated number of 575,574 people were affected by the rains, 94 people were killed, 139 injured and 13 missing.

The zones that sustained the heaviest damage during this second season are the regions of La Mojana, Llanos Orientales and Region Andina due to the overflowing of the Cauca, Sinu, San Jorge, Arauca, Atrato and Meta rivers. The intensive rains battered 76 municipalities in 16 department of the country; from these the departments of Cordoba, Bolivar, Sucre, Magdalena, Atlantico, Antioquia, Meta, Cauca, Norte de Santander, Cundinamarca and Guajira were the most affected.

Affected residents have taken refuge in improvised shelters such as schools, colleges and local warehouses, while others are staying with friends and families. In all cases, the outbreak of diarrhea, respiratory infections, vector spread and skin diseases and gastrointestinal problems is an imminent concern.

Coordination and partnerships

The CRCS, through its municipals and sectional branches, has been and will continue supporting the actions of the Local and Regional Committees for Disaster Prevention and Response (Comite Local de Prevencion y Atencion de Desastres – CLOPAD and Comite Regional de Prevencion y Atencion de Desastres – CREPAD). The CRCS is specifically supporting CLOPAD and CREPAD in the coordination of efforts, damages evaluation, need assessments and initial assistance to the affected people. The International federation, through its Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating relief activities.

CLOPAD and CREPAD have supported emergency actions with 750 million Colombian pesos of humanitarian aid consisting of food and non-food relief items, and the construction of contingency barriers in the Bolivar department.

Relief items provided by CLOPAD and CREPAD
Municipalities benefitted
Blankets Baranquilla (Atlantico department)
Food parcels Baranquilla (Atlantico)
Hammocks 4,000 in Baranquilla (Atlantico) 2,000 in Cordoba, Villanueva, San Juan Neponuceno, Yambran Guamo, Cicuco, Pinillos and Morales (Bolivar)
Hygiene kits Baranquilla (Atlantico)
Mattresses Baranquilla (Atlantico)
Kitchen kits Baranquilla (Atlantico)
Bags of polypropylene to build contingency barriers Cordoba, Villanueva, San Juan Neponuceno, Yambrano, El Gu Cicuco, Pinillos and Morales (Bolivar)


I urged those Billionaires and Millionaires to come forward to finance the flood operation.  It is part of your corporate responsibilities.

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