Damascus. - On Monday the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement launched a new website. #REDforSyria is dedicated to the Movement's humanitarian response to the Syrian conflict.
#REDforSyria features information about the work of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, other national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies active in Syria and neighbouring countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been responding to this crisis from the very beginning," said its president, Dr Abdul Rahman Attar. "For almost four years now, we have been working every day to bring people life-saving aid, often in very dangerous circumstances. It is vital that these efforts receive more attention and support. Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff and volunteers and their Movement partners continue to do their utmost to respond to the needs of Syrians across the country and throughout the region. But it is a huge challenge and we need more support. As a Movement, we must do more to help people affected by this crisis. We must speak with one voice, we must serve humanity."
Forty Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers and seven Palestine Red Crescent volunteers have been killed while on duty in Syria since 2011. Nevertheless, as #REDforSyria illustrates, the life-saving work of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies continues unabated. Water, food and health care are being provided to millions of people every month within Syria and in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
#REDforSyria, which features the Movement's latest operational news, audio-visual material, and up-to-date facts and figures, is published in both Arabic and English. It provides insights into the humanitarian situation in Syria and the region, and into the multifaceted response of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to a conflict that has reverberated across the Middle East and beyond.