South Sudan Marks First World Red Cross Day

South Sudan for the first time as an independent country joined the rest of the world in marking the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebrated every 08th of May yearly worldwide.

South Sudan Marks First World Red Cross Day
Mr Poole addressing the participants at the celebration [©Matata Safi]

JUBA, 10th May 2012

Speaking at the occasion held in South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) national headquarters in Juba, Mr. Arthur Poole the Secretary General of South Sudan Red Cross said the organization is ready to play its role in providing humanitarian assistance in the Republic.
“South Sudan is seeing escalating humanitarian needs with no sign of the reprieve. The SSRC would wish to take a strong role in providing prompt and appropriate humanitarian response to the needs of the people of this country,” he said.

South Sudan Red Cross that was established on the 9th of July 2011 following the independence of the Republic of South Sudan. It got a much needed boost when the South Sudan Red Cross bill was passed in March this year by the National Assembly formally recognizing it (SSRC) as a national society in providing humanitarian assistance in South Sudan.

Mr. Poole said this was a huge milestone for the society giving it full recognition as a member of the International Red Cross society.

He added that SSRC has active and trained volunteers in all the ten States, engaged in programs of emergency response, first aid, disaster management and preparedness, community based health programs, hygiene promotion, water and sanitation and promotion of social inclusion.

Meanwhile the deputy minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Hon. Sabina Dario Okolong lauded the Red Cross for its immense contribution to the people of South Sudan during and after the country’s long and painful struggle for freedom.

“The other day our IDPs were given seven days to leave Sudan, it is worth mentioning that, through your collective efforts and those of the government that the date got extended,” said Okolong.

She said South Sudan as a new nation has enormous challenges and added that the government with the combined efforts from partners like International Red Cross is able to address these challenges.

The international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement was founded over 150 years ago by Henry Dunant who was profoundly moved by the sight of thousands of wounded soldiers perishing without healthcare in the battlefields.


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