Working for free – swissinfo

With the time they spend working for their family and their community, volunteers contribute a big share of Swiss GDP: over 7 per cent, say the statistics. More than the banking sector, which is 6.7 per cent. But volunteers pick and choose what and who they want to help. (TSR/swissinfo.ch)
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ICRC aid in Afghanistan – swissinfo

Ten years after the start of the present conflict in Afghanistan, fighting is widespread, particularly in rural areas. Millions of Afghans struggle to get medical treatment. For the International Committee of the Red Cross, Afghanistan is the biggest operation in terms of resources committed. The organisation has nearly 1,600 national staff as well as 142 expatriates based in its main delegation in Kabul and in five sub-delegations and ten offices nationwide. In addition, it operates seven physical rehabili
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Weapons search – swissinfo

Following the uprising in Libya, many areas are littered with grenades and abandoned weapons. A Swiss demining foundation has launched an operation in the eastern oil port of Tobruk to ensure that civilians are not injured by this refuse, and that the weapons do not fall into the wrong hands. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Farming adventure – swissinfo

A social anthropologist from West Africa has been touring Swiss alpine farms to learn how they function, and what strategies the farmers use to cope. He hopes his findings will help to address farming problems back home. The trip was organised by Switzerland’s National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR North-South. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch)
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Potatoes for North Korea – swissinfo

As in Switzerland, most farmland in North Korea is in mountainous areas. But the analogy between the two countries stops there. To feed its population North Korea needs help from the outside world: Switzerland has taught North Koreans how to cultivate a sturdy type of potato. Scenes from a country rarely accessible to Western media. (SF 10vor10/swissinfo.ch)
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Rescue dogs – swissinfo

In its forty years of existence, the Swiss Rescue dogs association has been employed to search for missing persons, especially after earthquakes. Redog Switzerland has been on a lot of missions all over the world. (Raffaella Rossello,swissinfo.ch/SF)
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