The Red Cross is an organization that is always active. Red Cross isn’t just one big group, but a collection of national entities that collaborate to provide help where it is necessary. The sheer number of Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations that form his international movement means that they are involved in dozens of different operations all around the world. The focus, of course, lies in third world countries as well as areas where war caused starvation and other similar situation.
Red Cross operations in war-torn countries
The war in Ukraine is over, but fighting caused a lot of problems to civilians. Red Cross deployed the personnel at the beginning of the conflict, and they helped civilians throughout the fighting. Even after the conflict ended the Red Cross continued its operations and delivered relief to war-torn cities. The scale of the support that this movement provided wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. This movement relies on connections to Red Cross organizations within a country as well as their ability to gather volunteers that would take a lot of work on.
Syria is another war-torn country that had Red Cross and Red Crescent help. These two organizations couldn’t get involved before because the Islamic State didn’t follow international laws that allowed these two organizations to help civilians. But they didn’t falter, but instead, they jumped in to help at locations that were freed from the oppression from this terroristic creation. The situation in Syria once again proved the necessity of these movements as well as the necessity for a large number of volunteers. They also proved that anything could be done if enough people gather together.
Other activities of the Red Cross
The long-term focus of this international movement is to help developing countries to exterminate disease and other issues that plague those countries. Poverty and illness are common in African nations, and a significant portion of resources that the Red Cross receives is redirected into the battle against these two problems in Africa.
Chad, Kenya, Somalia, and CAR – the Central African Republic are just some of the countries that receive a lot of help from the Red Cross. These countries have to deal with constant natural disasters and that, coupled with a weak financial situation of those countries, makes it impossible for them to eradicate the poverty. Red Cross and Red Crescent are there to aid people and not the government, and thus they can only alleviate the suffering that people go through and not eradicate poverty (not without the help of first-world countries and their governments.
Political influence of the Red Cross
This international movement isn’t a political organization, but they do post articles that talk about the possibility of involvement of governments in their battle. They release data that should make countries and their governments more involved in the eradication of poverty and disease and the fight to save civilians from suffering during conflicts. Red Cross and Red Crescent are there to help people and to attract governments to support their causes and provide support, and that is why this movement can do so much good on an international level.