The Monaco Red Cross (Croix-Rouge Monegasque) has revealed that the majority of the €850,000 it donated in 2023 went to the Turkey-Syria earthquakes, while the rest was in response to climate-related disasters.
Each year, the Monaco Red Cross responds to numerous appeals launched by the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent to help populations impacted by natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes and cyclones, as well as humanitarian crises, armed conflicts, and health crises.
This year, the Monaco Red Cross, founded in 1948 and presided over by Prince Albert II of Monaco, provided financial assistance to the tune of €850,000, in keeping with its principles of humanity and neutrality.
On Thursday, the MRC revealed exactly where its financial aid had been directed in 2023.
The majority of the funds, €397,233, went to relief efforts following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on 6th February. The disaster caused widespread damage in an area equivalent to the size of Germany, and affected around 14 million people. According to United Nations estimates, 1.5 million people were left homeless following the quakes.
The Monaco Red Cross also channelled €100,000 in relief funds after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Morocco on 9th September. Floods in Libya and Malawi both saw €10,000 directed each, while a cyclone Mocha in Burma also resulted in €10,000 worth of aid. The Libya floods impacted migratory movements of the population and as such, the Monaco Red Cross contributed to supporting these actions with nearly €25,000.
Through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Monaco Red Cross also responded to numerous appeals to help victims of armed conflicts particularly in Syria, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ukraine by donating €195,000.
With six weeks in the year to go, the Monaco Red Cross acknowledges its response efforts are far from over for 2023.
“Today, armed hostilities in Israel and the Gaza Strip are shaking the entire world and people caught in the escalation of violence need help. More than ever, the Monaco Red Cross remains vigilant and attentive to various situations, and responds to calls from the largest international humanitarian movement,” said the institution in a statement.
One of the major fundraising events for the Monaco Red Cross is the Red Cross Ball which takes place in the Principality every spring.
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