The head of delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Madam Karin Hofmann, said that her organization has spent US$5.8 million for its operation for this year in Liberia.
Making the disclosure yesterday at the head office of the ICRC on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia, Madam Hofmann indicated that 98 percent of the amount has been expended, and the balance 2 percent will exhausted at the end of the year.
Madam Hofmann named humanitarian services, including medical assistance, vocational skills training of less fortunate women and children and salaries amongst others, as the areas where the amount was spent.
The soft speaking lady noted that since the end of the war in 2003, ICRC has gradually switched its activities from massive assistance and protection extended to those affected by the civil war, to projects for people who remain vulnerable and who continue to suffer from the consequences of the armed conflict.
“we do this mainly by supporting the programs of the Liberian Red Cross, which works in the field of emergency preparedness and restoring of family links”, she said.
According to her, about 110 ICRC staff members who are working in three offices namely Monrovia, Voinjama and Zwedru, continue to promote international humanitarian law and principles, to international and national security forces, civil authorities and members of the civil society.
“We also help improve access to water, sanitation, health care and hygienic conditions for those detained in Liberia’s prisons and continue to assist Liberians through agriculture, health and water and sanitation projects,” she enthused.