Geneva, 8 June 2017 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deeply shocked and saddened following the death yesterday of a German Red Cross psychologist in the city of Saarbrücken.
The worker, who joined the Red Cross in 2014 and had been supporting vulnerable migrants suffering from post-traumatic stress, was killed during a therapy session.
The German Red Cross is providing counselling and support for affected staff and clients.
“This is a painful loss for our colleagues in Germany, and for our entire Red Cross and Red Crescent network,” said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the IFRC. “Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased, and we stand in solidarity with all staff and volunteers of the German Red Cross during this difficult time.”