Red Cross Celebrates International Day of Peace

Being part of the International Services Committee has opened my eyes to a greater degree as to the humanitarian mission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Saturday, September 21st is recognized worldwide as International Day of Peace. A day declared and devoted to strengthening the ideas of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year, the International Services Department of the Cincinnati Area Chapter is celebrating International Day of Peace by inviting everyone to think about the idea of peace and what actions they might take to promote peace, focusing on the Syrian Conflict issue. On Saturday, September 21, 2012 the Chapter will reach out to the community at the Findlay Market (1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202) to present their ideas of peace through hands-on activities.

The International Services Department was created in 1999 as an educational arm of the Cincinnati Area Chapter to reach out to the greater Cincinnati International community. Over the last 14 years the Department has grown in its outreach and now supports nine program areas from reunifications of families, International Humanitarian Law disssemination, educational offerings to playing an active role in raising awareness of Human Trafficking locally. The Department continues its work with refugees, immigrants, international students, ethnic organizations, and all religious denominations, reaching over 8,000 people a year.

“Being part of the International Services Committee has opened my eyes to a greater degree as to the humanitarian mission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement” said Suzanne Samarghandi, Cincinnati Area Chapter International Services Committee Chairperson. “With the tragic and senseless loss of life in Syria and elsewhere in the world, the work of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) is more important than ever as it continues to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflicts. The world continues to be a violent place and the fact that the Red Cross and Red Crescent global network is a neutral and impartial organization striving to assist any and all victims, is just what a divided and chaotic humanity needs”, said Mrs. Samarghandi. We are dedicated to insuring that all armed conflicts treat all people in a fair and human way. We continue to teach adults and children about International Humanitarian La w which we hope in time will promote the acceptance of diverse perspectives and the ability to resolve difference between people without resorting to war or conflict. The exhibit will focus on the victims of Syrian civil war, casualties and the work of ICRC and the Syrian Red Crescent Society, as well as facts about the conflict according to International Humanitarian Law.