Red Cross, Red Crescent movement Day celebrated in Jordan

[10-05-2022 08:52 AM]

Ammon News - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jordan Red Crescent Society (JRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) all components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, celebrated the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in Jordan which is marked on the 8th of May every year.

Speaking on the celebration, Sarah Avrillaud, Head of the ICRC Delegation in Jordan said: "As we celebrate the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, it is pertinent to observe that since its founding 159 years ago, the ICRC and indeed the other components of the Movement have expanded their operations to reach many countries of the world in response to the needs of those affected by armed conflict, violence and natural disasters, including those who found themselves in Jordan."

Commenting in similar vein, Mohamed Al-Hadid, President of the JRCS, said: "It is an occasion to reflect on not just the 75 years of unbroken humanitarian service by the JRCS in Jordan but also to join with our partners and friends to celebrate our shared values for the benefit of those we serve."

The theme chosen worldwide to mark the day this year is #BeHumanKIND and in the words of Nehal Hefny, Head of the IFRC in Jordan, "it recognises that we are all the time surrounded by acts of kindness, which, no matter how big or small, make a big difference in people’s lives and can ignite a ripple effect to spread across communities, countries and the entire world."

To herald the day, a competition on the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was broadcast for a week on Mazaj FM 95.3 on the programme M3 Al Hadath with the participation of the general public.

The Citadel in Amman and the Castle in Karak, which are some of the most iconic monuments in the world, will be lit in red the colour of the emblems of the Movement Partners to draw attention to issues of adverse humanitarian concern still afflicting millions of people around the world today.

There will also be a reception for the humanitarian and diplomatic community, featuring performances by a Jordanian cultural troupe and during which deserving individuals who served humanity with their skills and energy will be honoured by the JRCS.

The 2022 Humanitarian Awards for the best story on a humanitarian subject and the best photograph on a humanitarian subject by Jordanian journalists will also be formally launched at the ceremony.

The ICRC, JRCS and IFRC work together in Jordan in the provision of various humanitarian services, including for Syrian refugees and their Jordanian host community by protecting family links, enhancing water supply, providing cash assistance for refugee families to run small businesses, promoting International Humanitarian Law (IHL), and collaborating with various Government of Jordan entities in strengthening response to emergencies.

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