Bekele Geleta, IFRC, Secretary general
December 16, 2011 – Geneva: In light of a worsening conflict situation in Somalia, including an air attack on a nutritional centre in the southern Somali town of Bardera on December 10th, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) urgently calls for the mandate of the Somali Red Crescent Society to be respected at all times.
The IFRC expresses its support and admiration for the staff and volunteers of the Somali Red Crescent Society and recognizes the critical role they play in ensuring people at risk are protected and assisted.
The IFRC strongly calls upon all parties to refrain from any action that could exacerbate levels of danger and vulnerability for the population, and further jeopardize the life of people throughout Somalia.
The IFRC will continue working with all its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners to further support the action of the Somali Red Crescent Society in providing, in a neutral and impartial manner, effective emergency and life-saving services to communities at risk.
Read the ICRC's statement.