It's not our logo. It's not a flag. It doesn't mean: 'hospital' or 'ambulance' or 'first aid'. It means: DO NOT SHOOT. Displaying the red cross means health workers can deliver life-saving medical care to all and any people who need it. But this cannot happen without your help.
Help Red Cross campaign for the protection of health care providers and their patients.
Imagine you're the parent of these two young children - aged five and seven. Imagine both have been wounded by crossfire between government forces and rebels, who are fighting for control of the town where you live. You're terrified for your children, but you find a place you think you'll be safe. In a makeshift hospital bearing the universally recognised red cross symbol, Red Cross staff are tending to your children when bullets begin ripping into the walls.
You don't know who is firing. You don't understand why they're shooting at a hospital, at sick and injured civilians and at the good medical staff who are trying to help you. You don't know if you and your children will live or die.
The only thing you know for sure - is that this should not be happening. That it's wrong.
But to make it stop, Red Cross urgently needs to educate people that the red cross symbol is not a target. And this is why I'm hoping you can help today.
The medical personnel can only do their job if all sides involved in a conflict understand what the red cross symbol means.
Your donation goes towards all of our everyday work, which includes helping with the production of communication material to ensure those who rely on the red cross emblem can do so with the confidence they will be out of harm's way.