IFRC mourns the loss of two Mexican Red Cross paramedics, who were killed on duty on 14 January

Published: 17 January 2017

Geneva/Panama – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) condemns the killing of two Mexican Red Cross paramedics in Ixtapaluca on 14 January. Norma Angélica Vázquez Becerril and Virginia Hernández Garduño were murdered by armed gunmen while carrying out their humanitarian duties in the area.

It is imperative that aid workers and emergency and medical services are able to operate safely to ensure that critical assistance can be provided to all communities that rely on their support.

The IFRC extends its sincere condolences to the families of Norma Angélica Vázquez Becerril and Virginia Hernández Garduño, as well as to volunteers, staff and members of the Mexican Red Cross.

Violence is a daily reality for millions of people across the Americas, a region that is home to 43 of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world. Urban violence often disrupts humanitarian work, especially for health workers who risk their lives trying to help those most in need.

For further information or interviews, contact:

In Geneva:

Benoit Carpentier, team leader, public communications, IFRC
Mobile: +41 79 213 2413  Email: benoit.carpentier@ifrc.org

In Panama:

Diana Medina, Communications Manager (English and Spanish)
Skype: medinadiana30 - Mobile phone /whatsApp: +507 6780-5395