Red Cross leader in Fiji on global visit

IFRC secretary-general Elhadi As Sy being accorded the traditional welcome ceremony today. Picture: LICE MOVONO

IFRC secretary-general Elhadi As Sy being accorded the traditional welcome ceremony today. Picture: LICE MOVONO

Update: 12:22PM FIFTEEN branches of the Fiji Red Cross welcomed the global head of the organisation morning at a full traditional ceremony in Suva.

While welcoming the Secretary-General of IFRC, Elhadi As Sy who is based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Director General of the Fiji Red Cross, Filipe Nainoca, told the global leader the ceremony was befitting a chief because he was regarded as such. 

Mr Nainoca said as head of 190 worldwide societies of the International Federation of the Red Cross, he was a chief. 

“That you have made this time to visit our humble country is a real honour and privilege,” Mr Nainoca said.

?We know it is difficult to be able to visit us.?

Mr Sy is on a worldwide visit to members of the IFRC and will be in select countries in the Pacific.

The IFRC leader will be speaking on the work of the Red Cross, specifically to do with climate change and disaster response at a public discussion at the University of the South Pacific tonight.