The Red Cross – An International Mission for Haiti
By Dialogo April 12, 2010The Red Cross has become truly international in Haiti since the earthquake, with representatives of the organization arriving in the Caribbean country from various regions of the world in order to help their Haitian colleagues. “The Haitian Red Cross is small, and with the disaster, its structures were severely affected. For this reason, the International Red Cross came to support them and help them move forward. Now they’re taking on more of a leading role, because we’re leaving and they have to continue on,” said Cesar Augusto, the head of the Colombian Red Cross mission. Thirty Colombian members of the Red Cross are working in Haiti and will stay for a year at most, Cesar Augusto explained. “After the initial search-and-rescue stage, we are organizing health clinics in order to begin the process of rebuilding,” he added.