International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), deputy protection coordinator, Alexis Heeb who was in Nagaland for the past one week along with three of his team members on a “preliminary visit” revealed that the urgent need of the state lay in health department, water and alleviation of those victims of conflicts and violence.
His comments came after the team visited various health centres, local units and organizations in Kohima, Peren, Mokokchung and Wokha.
Before leaving for Delhi, Heeb held a brief interaction with Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Maongwati Aier who is also the chairman of Indian Red Cross Society, Dimapur branch in the presence of officials from Indian Red Cross Society, Dimapur branch and media persons at DC’s office conference room, here on Tuesday.
The four-member team of ICRC Dr. Luc (Medical Doctor) and Jean Guitted (Wathab delegate), both from France; Alexis Heeb (Deputy Protection Coordinator) from Switzerland and Sahato Rawoot (Co-operation Field of India) had arrived in Nagaland on July 27, to assess the various needs of the people in the state.
According to Alexis Heeb, the main visit of the ICRC was to sow the seeds of new relationship between the ICRC and Indian Red Cross Nagaland branch.
On a query about the team’s visit, he replied that it was too early to come into conclusion, and added that it would take time to understand the needs and problems in Nagaland. He also assured that the team would “hopefully” come back with more experts to collect details and go deeper into the problems faced by the state.
He further stated that ICRC was an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violence for the past 120 years and was now planning to enter Maoist infested state of Chattisgarh, and North Eastern states. Presently it has taken a project in Jammu and Kashmir and Assam.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Maongwati while welcoming Alexis Heeb and officials of Indian Red Cross Society, Dimapur branch, pointed out that in Dimapur alone there were 886 disabled persons including widows and victims of conflicts and violence. He further, appealed to ICRC to organize capacity building programme on human resources in Nagaland and construct an IRCS branch office in Dimapur district.