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Historical: The Colombian Red Cross commemorates 107 years this July 30

The Colombian Red Cross celebrates this Saturday, July 30, 107 years of history, in which it has helped millions of people, also participating in the most important national and global events to support the population after the different tragedies. In this new year of history, the organization emphasized respect for Human Rights and humanitarian norms, being the fundamental pillars.

Between 2017 and 2021, the Colombian Red Cross managed to benefit more than 19 million people with missionary actions throughout the entire national territory. Hand in hand with the most vulnerable populations facing difficult humanitarian situations, the entity was on the side of the migrant population, victims of the armed conflict and other situations of violence, people affected by emergencies, disasters, epidemics and pandemics.

“The Colombian Red Cross is strengthened to take humanitarian action to new social and citizen participation scenarios. Continue with the presence in the most remote communities of the country, providing care without any discrimination and ensuring the well-being of indigenous, Afro, peasant, Roma, LGBTIQ+, Raizal communities, among others, generating resilience and social appropriation”, mentions Dr. Judith Carvajal de Álvarez, National President of the Colombian Red Cross.

During 2021, hand in hand with companies, partners and different people, this organization helped more than 6 million people with sexual and reproductive health actions, psychosocial support, distribution of water suitable for human consumption, road safety awareness, distribution of humanitarian assistance, education, support for the migrant and returnee population, among thousands of actions carried out by each of the 31 sections throughout Colombia.

107 years and most relevant data

On July 30, 1915, the institution was founded, which throughout its existence has offered a hand to thousands of people in Colombia and abroad. During this century, the Colombian Red Cross has been part of the most important events in Colombia and the resignification and resilience of the most remote communities.

The Colombian Red Cross was founded in the Teatro Colón in Bogotá. The idea of ​​founding the humanitarian institution was promoted by doctors Adriano Perdomo and Hipólito Machado under the postulate: We are all brothers.

In the year 1859, Dunant promoted the creation of this Humanitarian Movement after observing the aftermath of the battle of Solferino in Italy, whose experiences and memories were reflected in the book called A Memory of Solferino, a manuscript that promoted the creation of a body of volunteers to help the war wounded without distinction of the side they were; altruistic mission that has endured over time and that the Red Cross has been responsible for proclaiming through its seven fundamental principles.

Some of the most relevant facts and aids of these 107 years

War of the Thousand Days 1899: 27 doctors, 42 practitioners, 8 sisters of charity, a chaplain and a pharmacist who organized the first ambulance participated.

Bogotazo April 9, 1948: National Relief is created by Law 49 of 1948. The Colombian Red Cross collected the corpses, distributed food and put the families in contact.

Popayán earthquake March 31, 1983: Emergency care, temporary shelters, reestablishment of family contacts, delivery of food aid and clothing, hygiene kit.

Taking of the Palace of Justice, November 6, 1985: The unified command post is installed to care for those affected during the taking.

Avalanche de Armero November 13, 1985: Comprehensive humanitarian attention to the victims in the provision of medical, food, shelter and reconstruction of the town. The COE Emergency Operations Committee is created as a mechanism for timely attention to natural disasters.

Páez Avalanche June 6, 1994: Humanitarian attention to those affected by the tragedy. During the rescue work, 5 Red Cross volunteers died.

Armenian Earthquake January 25, 1999: The Red Cross began attending to the tragedy, collecting blood and mobilizing volunteers.

Haiti Earthquake January 12, 2010: The Colombian Red Cross supported the tragedy by sending a group of expert volunteers in search and rescue, water and sanitation engineers, a mobile telecommunications unit and the reception and delivery of humanitarian aid.

Humanitarian caravans August 19, 2013: During the national agrarian strike, the Colombian Red Cross mobilized medical and paramedical personnel and volunteers to supply hospitals and mobilize some patients who required transportation.

Space Building October 12, 2013: Psychosocial support, search and rescue of people in the collapsed structure of the building through volunteers and dogs from the Ksar group.

Salgar avalanche of 2015: Humanitarian attention to those affected by the tragedy.

Earthquake in Ecuador 2016: The Colombian Red Cross provided assistance with search and rescue bodies.

Avenida Fluvio Torrencial in Mocoa 2017: Comprehensive humanitarian care for victims in the provision of medical, food, psychosocial support, RFL, shelter and livelihood services, among others.

Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico 2017: The Colombian Red Cross supported the emergency by sending a group of expert volunteers in communications, relief, telecommunications, and receiving and sending humanitarian aid.

Avenida Fluvio Torrencial in Mocoa 2017: Comprehensive humanitarian care for victims in the provision of medical, food, psychosocial support, RFL, shelter and livelihood services, among others.

Pandemic due to the coronavirus COVID-19 in 2020: Comprehensive humanitarian care for the Colombian population with the provision of medical, food, psychosocial support, RFL, livelihoods, delivery of personal protection elements, strengthening of the network of hospitals with medical teams, among others.

Hurricane ETA 2020: Since October 31, 2020, the Colombian Red Cross carried out EDAN activities in the communities mainly affected by Tropical Cyclone ETA, which during its passage through the Colombian Caribbean was in Tropical Depression until it reached the category of Hurricane IV at its passing through San Andrés Islands, Providencia and Santa Catalina.

Hurricane IOTA 2020: The Colombian Red Cross deployed its response team in the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa providing more than 217 thousand health care, more than 48 liters of drinking water, food aid, livelihood projects that they helped the inhabitants to have their own income and businesses.

Humanitarian caravans May 5, 2021: During the social mobilizations, the Colombian Red Cross carried out the displacement of medical, paramedical and volunteer personnel to supply hospitals with oxygen, medical supplies and mobilize some patients who required transportation.

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