A Red Crescent volunteer holds a boy after treating his injures in Mu'adhamiya, Rural Damascus.

© ICRC/ Ibrahim Malla

Back in August, I wrote about the dangers faced by Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers as they work to provide a lifeline for anyone in Syria caught up in the conflict.

Since then, another Red Crescent member has died while on duty.

As the danger in Syria increases – and people’s needs become even greater – it is more important than ever that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers are able to carry out their neutral, impartial and independent work to help vulnerable people.

Aid without any discrimination

Robert Mardini, the International Committee of the Red Cross’ head of operations for the Near and Middle East, said: “At a time when humanitarian needs are ever more pressing, we continue to appeal to all parties to respect the staff of humanitarian organizations, and the red cross and red crescent emblems.

“The courage of Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers and their invaluable work on the ground, under very difficult conditions, is impressive. Our partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has enabled us to bring a lot to people in need, but often at great risk.

“Six Syrian Arab Red Crescent members have died while on humanitarian duty. Given the current complex situation in Syria and deteriorating security conditions, it is a permanent challenge to strike a balance between the need to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers and the need to bring aid without any discrimination to all people who require it.”

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