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Indonesia: Red Cross response to Bali bombing

17-10-2002 News Release 02/42

Emergency workers from the Indonesian Red Cross Society were on the scene immediately after the attack in Bali's Kuta Beach resort on 12 October, providing first aid, taking the injured to medical facilities and comforting survivors.

Almost 100 National Society volunteers worked in the days following the outrage. Apart from the above-mentioned activities they supported medical personnel, contacted the families of Indonesian victims, helped with crowd control and clean-up of the site, assisted the authorities with morgue facilities and identification of victims, and aided foreign consular representatives. Twenty-five volunteers are still on the scene, working in eight-hour shifts.

The national chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross travelled to Bali in the early hours of Sunday to coordinate the operation. The ICRC offered the Society dressings and other medical supplies and provided 200 body bags.

By Friday, four of the Society's medical staff will have received intensive training in the care for victims of post-traumatic stress from an expert sent by the Australian Red Cross. They will leave for Denpasar on Sunday to engage in psychological debriefing of the volunteers.

Officials from the Indonesian Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the ICRC are working closely with the Society's branches in Bali and elsewhere, as well as with other National Societies concerned, in particular the Australian Red Cross.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement condemns in the strongest terms this terrorist act, which negates the most fundamental values of human society .