Kohima, May 7: Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan today appealed to the people to strengthen the Red Cross movement in the state by responding wholeheartedly to suffering caused by war and disaster.
In a message on the occasion of the Red Cross Day tomorrow, Mr Sankaranarayanan, who is also the President of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland, said the innate human desire to reduce the suffering of the victims of violence had made it possible to spread this noble movement in almost every country of the world.
''Today there are 185 national Red Cross societies providing not only relief to the victims of war but also extending humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural and man-made disasters,'' the Governor said.
''The Red Cross Day, organised on the birth anniversary of Sir Henry Duant, the founder of the Red Cross movement, is an occasion for us to reflect and rededicate ourselves to the cause of humanity,'' he added.
The theme of this year was 'Together with Humanity' - a call for all to act together to protect fellow human beings from war, conflict, disease and disasters.
He hoped that with the strong community bonds among the Nagas, they could strengthen the movement in Nagaland by spreading awareness and contributing in the form of service and finance.
Lastly, he wished the people of the state a successful World Red Cross Day.