Cruz Roja

We at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are working across the front lines in Syria to help millions of needy people, despite escalating violence and worsening security conditions.

If allowed, we could do much more to reduce the suffering of civilians, but it is increasingly difficult for us to enter contested areas and assist Syrians, let alone to protect them.

Three ICRC staff members who were abducted Oct. 13 in Idlib, in northern Syria, are still being held by an armed group. This has forced us to restrict our movement in some areas. Repeated requests to Syrian authorities to enter Moadamiyeh and other towns under siege around Damascus have gone unanswered.…  Seguir leyendo »

Dans une tribune récemment publiée par le quotidien britannique Guardian, Peter Krähenbühl, le directeur des opérations du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), conteste l’existence d’un déséquilibre dans la répartition de l’aide humanitaire internationale en Syrie, au détriment des populations vivant en zone rebelle. Estimant que seule l’assistance distribuée depuis Damas est susceptible de venir en aide au plus grand nombre, le CICR récuse l’urgence d’acheminer directement de l’aide en territoire rebelle à partir des pays voisins.

La position du CICR repose à notre sens sur une description contestable des enjeux et contraintes opérationnelles en Syrie. En effet, depuis le mois de juillet 2012, les groupes armés rebelles ont consolidé leur emprise dans la grande majorité des zones rurales situées au nord et à l’est du pays, s’emparant notamment de la plupart des postes-frontières avec la Turquie.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Prince of Wales (THE TIMES, 22/12/06):

Times Christmas Appeal 2006

At the launch of this newspaper’s Christmas appeal in aid of the British Red Cross, of which I am proud to be President, it was rightly noted that many people underestimate the role and importance of this singularly dynamic, humanitarian organization. This year has vividly illustrated the power of the voluntary spirit that lies at the heart of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement’s work. Across the globe, and particularly here in the United Kingdom, its volunteers give selflessly of themselves to bring succour to those who, all too often, have nowhere else to turn.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Camilla Cavendish (THE TIMES, 14/12/06):

Christmas Appeals 2006

Oh, the agonies of 21st-century Christmas giving. Forget the simplicity of that big, red, India-rubber ball that A. A. Milne’s King John hoped for 80 years ago. Today’s version is non-toxic, fair-trade, preferably accompanied by an adoption form for four endangered calling birds, and by 12 drummers drumming out a protest against King John’s evil regime.

At this time of year we are, rightly, concerned to do good. But it can be hard to know how. Humanitarian aid and development consistently attract the biggest donations. But the well-meant goat has turned out to be a weapon of mass destruction.…  Seguir leyendo »