About Friends for Life

We all know what an ambulance looks like. We all know what an ambulance sounds like, we also know what function and role an ambulance plays. But why is it that we often see ambulances striving hard to make way in traffic in order to save a precious life. Is it our lack of empathy, our neglect or is it that we do not bother?

Friends for Life is a virtual platform where likeminded Pakistanis have come together to take upon themselves to introduce contemporary Pakistan to its social obligations. It has joined hands with the ICRC for its nationwide public awareness campaign, PehlayZindagi, on the road rights of ambulances in Pakistan. Anyone can become a member of this online community by taking a pledge to give way to ambulance.

Our platform is not looking for financial support. It is yearning for your attention, participation and above all, your moral support.

About ICRC

The ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict, violence and other emergencies. It also prevents suffering by promoting and strengthening the rules of international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863 by Henry Dunant, the first Nobel peace laureate, the ICRC is also the guardian of the Geneva Conventions.

The ICRC has been active in Pakistan since 1947, when it helped the government establish refugee camps for the millions of people displaced by Partition. During the Indo-Pakistan wars of 1948, 1965 and 1971, the ICRC delegates visited prisoners of war and facilitated the repatriation of detainees and internees at the end of the hostilities in accordance with the organization’s mandate. In the 1980s, the ICRC remained in Pakistan, providing relief and medical assistance to the victims of the Afghan War.

Presently, the ICRC in Pakistan is focusing its resources and expertise in building the capacities of the local organizations and government bodies through establishing partnerships dealing with medical issues related to people affected by violence and for the promotion of IHL.

The ICRC is the part of a big family that helps people across the globe, known as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The ICRC works closely with Pakistan Red Crescent as members of the same family.

To know more, please visit:

Pakistan page of the ICRC website: https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/asia-pacific/pakistan

ICRC Pakistan official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ICRCpk

ACTIVITIES OF THE ICRC

The ICRC responds quickly and efficiently to help people affected by armed conflict and violence. We also respond to disasters in conflict zones, because the effects of a disaster are compounded if a country is already at war. Emergencies are unpredictable, so our rapid deployment capability is hugely important.

To find out more about the ICRC activities, please visit: www.icrc.org