This is an edited version of an Italian article by Tommaso Della Longa – a member of the Italian Red Cross – in Damascus.
“A few days ago, we intervened to rescue some injured people. Everything was going well, when the situation suddenly deteriorated into an exchange of fire. We found ourselves caught up in the middle for three hours, with no protection except for the emblem.” The person speaking is a 24-year-old university student, who is also a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
There is no fear in his voice and he is calm. He and the other members of his team know they must do what they are doing. “Otherwise,” they say, “who would do it?” More