OTTAWA, Oct. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross welcomes Minister
Paradis' call for humanitarian agencies to have free, safe, and
unhindered access to those in need, and for the respect and protection
of medical and humanitarian personnel, facilities, and transport.
Support for neutral and impartial delivery of humanitarian aid on the
ground is essential.
The international community must work together to ensure that assistance
reaches people in need in Syria. It is also imperative that medical and
humanitarian personnel be given the space necessary to operate and
carry out their mandate. The total number of Syrian Arab Red Crescent
(SARC) personnel who have lost their lives since the beginning of this
conflict has risen to 22, all of them killed while carrying out their
Humanitarian access for agencies is challenging. The Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement must negotiate access daily to people most in need
across Syria. In particular, SARC is able to deliver aid through its 14
branches and 84 sub-branches, in Damascus and in many vulnerable areas
in governorates across Syria. It currently distributes food and
non-food items to more than two million people, on a monthly basis.
The majority of humanitarian needs inside Syria are not being met and
needs are increasing with over four million internally displaced
persons requiring aid.
To date, thanks to contibutions from the Canadian government, the
Canadian Red Cross has been able to provide medical supplies and
services through SARC within Syria. The Canadian Red Cross has also
provided food aid, along with other relief supplies, delegates and
The needs in Syria remain high. Canadians who want to help provide
urgent life-saving assistance to Syrian families can donate to the Canadian Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal. Funds raised will support the on-going Red Cross Movement operations
in Syria and the region.
SOURCE: Canadian Red Cross
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