Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodian Red Cross turns 50

Cambodian Red Cross turns 50

Cambodian Red Cross turns 50

King Norodom Sihamoni and government leaders joined around 20,000 people at Wat Phnom

on February 18 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC).

The golden jubilee was also used to announce donations and ask for more funds to

carry out health education work, disaster relief and to promote humanitarian values.

During the ceremony, the CRC committee thanked the government officials and businesspeople

who donated $1.9 million, but president Bun Rany said even the smallest contribution

was appreciated.

"All these [small donations] can turn into a mountain of resource, to a sustainable

resource to help those who are more vulnerable than us and screaming for help,"

said Bun Rany, who is also the wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen

International Red Cross branches from around the world are expected to provide an

additional $2 million towards the CRC's estimated $3.6 million budget for 2005.

Last year, the CRC conducted 116 disaster response operations that benefited 146,650

people, Bun Rany said.

The CRC has more than 120,000 members, including 10,000 Red Cross youth and volunteers

and 300 staff.

Yves Sandoz, vice president of the International Committee of the Red Cross and High

Representative of the Movement of the Red Cross Red Crescent, said that humanitarian

ideals have existed in Cambodia since the days of King Jayavaraman VII and praised

the royal family's involvement with the CRC.

King Sihamoni commended the work the CRC has done and continued to do for the country's

poor.

Established in 1955, the CRC was the 85th national branch to be recognized by the

International Committee of the Red Cross and admitted as a member of the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in October 1960.

Cambodia's seat on the International Federation was left vacant in 1975 when the

Khmer Rouge took control of the country and only rejoined in 1994.

With 181 nation members in the International Federation of the Red Cross, it is the

world's largest humanitarian institution.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • Ranariddh 'seriously injured', his wife dies in accident in Preah Sihanouk

    THE wife of former first prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh has died. Ouk Phalla succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nub district this morning. She and the prince were immediately rushed to the Preah Sihanouk