Atlanta-area Realtor Khatereh Rafiee has been involved with the International Red Cross since the 1980s. Today, Khatereh Rafieecontinues to support the group’s efforts to spread peace and address humanitarian crisesaround the globe. Currently, oneof the International Red Cross’s main efforts centers on theelimination of nuclear weapons.
The Red Cross explains that nuclear weapons pose a great threat to humanity. Today’s weapons are much stronger thanthe bombs used at Hiroshima andNagasaki during World War II. If a nation used these in an act ofwar, the humanitarian crisis could include millions of deaths, critical injuries, cancer, birth defects, famine, and even a nuclear winter, which would change climate and weather patterns for years to come.
When 150 countries meet in Osloto discuss nuclear weapons, theRed Cross and Red Crescent will press for an agreement on the weapons. The organizations would like to see their use banned by international law. When skeptics point out the difficulty of reaching an agreement on the weapons, supporters remind them of successful bans on land mines and cluster explosives.