Liberia: Liberian Red Cross and ICRC join military exercise

  • Harbel, Liberia, 24 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 24 June 2015.
    The deputy head of the ICRC's Liberia delegation, Benjamin Lark, explains the role of the ICRC to Joshua During, deputy commander of the Emergency Response Unit (riot unit).
    © LNRCS / O. Saydee-Zarthy Sayweah
  • Harbel, Liberia, 25 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 25 June 2015.
    Red Cross volunteers practice performing first aid during the security exercise.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / V. Bawn
  • Harbel, Liberia, 24 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 24 June 2015.
    Soldiers search a Red Cross ambulance at a checkpoint during the security exercise. Ambulance searches should always be conducted quickly and with the interests of the casualties in mind.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / V. Bawn
  • Harbel, Liberia, 26 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 26 June 2015.
    Liberian Red Cross volunteers perform first aid on an “injured” person during the exercise.
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  • Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    During riot-control operations, police and armed forces are likely to encounter Red Cross personnel who are helping the injured. One aim of this exercise was to ensure that they will understand and facilitate the work of the Red Cross.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / V. Bawn
  • Harbel, Liberia, 26 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 26 June 2015.
    Police officers backed by soldiers arrest a man during a cordon and search exercise. People arrested must be treated humanely and receive assistance if necessary.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / V. Bawn
  • Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    Immigration and drug enforcement personnel attempt to arrest a group playing the role of drug dealers and persons who have entered Liberia illegally.
    CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / V. Bawn
  • Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    A joint force of army and police move in on people playing the role of rioters.
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  • Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    Harbel, Liberia, 27 June 2015.
    The secretary-general of the Liberian Red Cross, Fayiah Tamba, meets the Liberian army's chief of staff, Brigadier-General Daniel Dee Ziankahn Jr., at the closing ceremony of the security exercise.
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05 August 2015

The Liberian Red Cross and the ICRC recently participated in an exercise run by the Armed Forces of Liberia that included all of the country's security services.

The exercise showcased the roles of the Liberian Red Cross and the ICRC in cases of conflict or violence, especially with regard to first aid and health care. The aim of the exercise was for the various security forces to rehearse their roles and establish best practices when encountering Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement partners during operations.

This was the first time the Liberian Red Cross had practiced its humanitarian role on such an exercise. Participation provided an opportunity to clarify roles and enhance cooperation and coordination, ensuring that the work of Red Cross partners will be respected and facilitated in emergencies.

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