Xinhua | 2013-5-8
Cambodia on Wednesday marked the 150th anniversary of the World Red
Cross Red Crescent Day, vowing to increase humanitarian assistance to
reach more people living in difficulties or suffering from disasters.
the generous and continual support from all national and international
charitable donors for our humanitarian activities, I strongly believe
that the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) will achieve more and more success
for the sake of maintaining humanity for the nation and our people,"
Prime Minister Hun Sen's wife Bun Rany, CRC's president, said during the
celebration. "More support from donors will give us broader chance to
assist people in need."
The event, under the theme "150th Years
of Humanitarian Action, " was held at the CRC's headquarters with the
participation of about 10,000 government officials, diplomatic corps,
development partners, local and foreign businesspeople, and students.
to the participants, Prime Minister Hun Sen lauded the CRC for its
active humanitarian activities in assisting victims in any disasters
such as floods and storms.
"The Cambodian Red Cross has been
largely contributing to helping the government in social and economic
development and poverty alleviation," he said, urging the agency to
increase its activities for a better health and livelihoods of Cambodian
Jacques Stroun, head of the International Committee of
the Red Cross (ICRC) regional delegation, said the ICRC was grateful for
the quality of its cooperation with the CRC, pledging to continue close
and good cooperation with the CRC for humanitarian causes.
said that 150 years after the birth of the Red Cross--Red Crescent
Movement, the world's largest humanitarian agency has provided much
needed humanitarian services to vulnerable communities all across the
"During all these years, we have joined efforts to assist
people affected by conflict and other situations of violence, and to
prevent future suffering by promoting universal humanitarian values," he
said. "Thousands of volunteers and professionals unite every day to
help people affected by violence or natural disasters. "
annual event on Wednesday, the Cambodian Red Cross had collected a total
donation of 15 million US dollars from generous people including
government officials, legislators, foreign diplomats, and local and
foreign companies doing business in Cambodia.
The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia also made a donation of 10,000 US dollars to the CRC.