On Friday 4 April 2014 the Somali Red Crescent and the British Red Cross launched their case study “Principles in Action in Somalia” at an event hosted by the Nairobi Forum. The study examines the importance of the principles of the international movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, first agreed in 1965, in the current humanitarian environment in Somalia. The speakers shared experience of how the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements work in insecure environments and how they deal with different groups in meeting the needs of affected communities.
The panel comprised Dr Ahmed Hassan, President of the Somali Red Crescent Society, and Jane Backhurst, from the Humanitarian Policy Department of the British Red Cross. In attendance were members of the humanitarian community, researchers, media and donors.
The meeting was chaired by Dr Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society and Vice President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for Africa.
Dr Abbas Gullet. Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society; Vice President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for Africa (Chair)
Dr Ahmed Hassan. President, Somali Red Crescent Society
Jane Backhurst. Humanitarian Policy Department, British Red Cross