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Bangladesh: aid for victims of violence

15-03-2010 News Release 10/15

Dhaka (ICRC) – Volunteers and staff of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, recently completed a distribution of aid for victims of violence which broke out in February in two districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Many people, including women and children, who had their homes destroyed and were forced to flee the area ended up sleeping in the open air in places where few if any facilities were available.

The ICRC and the Bangladesh Red Crescent distributed dhal, soybean oil, salt, cooking sets, hygiene items, tarpaulins, jerrycans, mosquito nets and blankets to some 3,500 Bengali and indigenous people.

" At the request of the Bangladesh Red Crescent and in coordination with the International Federation, we sent staff to the two districts to determine what was needed most urgently, " said Christoph Vogt, the head of the ICRC mission in Dhaka. " On the basis of that assessment, the Red Crescent distributed aid between 2 and 7 March. "

The ICRC works in cooperation with the Bangladesh Red Crescent and the International Federation to help victims of natural disasters and violence in the country. The ICRC has been supporting the country's Red Crescent society since 1992 and opened a permanent mission in Dhaka in 2006.

For further information, please contact:
  Christoph Vogt, ICRC Dhaka, tel: +88 02 8837461 or +88 02 8835515