Friday, August 15, 2008

American Red Cross to Send Aid to Georgia Conflict Zone

The American Red Cross is contributing $100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) efforts to aid many who were injured or displaced as a result of the conflict in Georgia. Initial support will go to help extend the relief work of the ICRC on the ground, while additional response options are evaluated. Since Georgia is a conflict zone, the ICRC will take the lead in humanitarian response for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

ICRC launched a preliminary appeal seeking $7.4 million dollars to help meet the humanitarian needs of people affected by this conflict.

The current prioritity of the ICRC is the distribution of emergency assistance to affected people, especially those displaced by the conflict. They are currently working to secure access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, food and other basic items such as blankets and buckets. Other goals include providing medical assistance to the war wounded and gaining access to all persons arrested or captured in connection with the conflict.

The ICRC has also officially reminded Georgia and Russia of their obligation under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and distinguish at all times between the civilian population and those taking a direct part in the hostilities.

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