Red Cross helps Zim returnees

HARARE - Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS), a leading humanitarian agency, has mobilised volunteers, relief packs and hygiene kits in Beitbridge for the victims of xenophobia attacks who are returning from South Africa.

ZRCS said more than 400 expatriated Zimbabweans have so far received humanitarian assistance in the form of relief packages and telephone services from the ZRCS.

At least 45 disaster response team members have been dispatched from the ZRCS Matabeleland North provincial offices while relief materials worth $25 000  which include food and non-food items such as blankets, shelter kits, buckets and kitchen sets have been mobilised to assist the repatriated victims of xenophobia arrive in Beitbridge.

“Whilst complementing the government’s humanitarian efforts in this intervention, the ZRCS is working in close cooperation with our movement partners, South Africa Red Cross Society (SARCS), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) in our response work,” said Maxwell Phiri, ZRCS secretary general.

“In addition to the emergency relief materials, we are also assisting some of these vulnerable populations in restoring family links as some had been away for a while. Families have also been anxious of the fate of their relatives. So ZRCS is offering free telephone services to those who want to communicate with their families upon arrival.”

As part of the Red Cross regional response, in South Africa, the SARCS and ICRC indicate that in Greenwood Park where 475 foreigners are accommodated in a school, at least 61 people, mostly Mozambicans, Zimbabweans and Malawians, benefitted from the Red Cross phone service.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the Red Cross has been actively involved at four sites through South Africa Red Cross Society for the past two weeks, initially looking after over 5000 people, providing hot meals in partnership with other relief agencies.

The South African Red Cross Society is also providing psychosocial support through site visits, telephone services in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to connect people to their families in respective countries.

It is also providing health advocacy as well as blankets and first aid.

The aid agency said in Gauteng, the initial number looked after by the Red Cross was 500 but this has risen to 1500.

“As an auxiliary to the government humanitarian efforts and as mandated through the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Act of Parliament No 30 of 1981, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society will always be there whenever needed,” said in a statement.

Comments (3)

This is another case of demagoguery - the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society often tries to self-ingratiate itself. For at least the last sixteen years it has been totally incompetent and rabidly corrupt. They have stolen assets and funds and failed those that they pretend to serve. Naturally being true Zanu pf patriots none of these have been locked up for their multiple felonies or crimes against humanity. They are a part of the evil cabal of thieves and liars comprised of Commissioner of Prisons Cde Paradzai Zimondi, his deputy Cde Washington Chimboza and ZPS spokesperson, Elizabeth Banda who lie and cover-up the starvation and disease that prevails in Zimbabwe's prisons.

Dr Focus Mudyiar - 24 April 2015

From personal experience the Red Cross is doing a great job especially in prisons. The prison officers are the ones that steal food that would have been donated and convert it to their own use. I want to urge the red cross to keep up the good work,

Stamina - 30 April 2015

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