Fighting suspends Red Cross relief efforts-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
AFTER at least 10 of its personnel got hurt, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has decided to temporarily postpone its operations in some parts of Zamboanga City.
PRC Secretary General Gwen Pang said they decided to temporarily suspend some of their operations in Barangays Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina of Zamboanga City amid the ongoing stand-off between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“Red Cross operations temporarily suspended in critical areas of Zamboanga,” said Pang.
On Saturday, 10 Red Cross staff members and volunteers were wounded by a grenade blast while transporting patients to medical stations for treatment.
Pang said they will immediately resume their operations in the two barangays as soon as it is already deemed safe for Red Cross personnel to come in.
Proof of this is the appeal that the organization sent out Sunday asking the public to send in their donations for the victims in the Zamboanga crisis.
“Together, we can provide safety and protection to internally displaced in Zamboanga. Help us help others!” said the PRC.
The Red Cross said they are prepared to donations in cash and in kind to provide for the needs in the affected areas.
Based on the latest tally, there are already more than 60,000 individuals affected by the seven-day stand-off. (HDT/Sunnex)