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Rare footage shows unprecedented suffering in Syria and Iraq

Aerial footage from Red Cross highlights the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the region.

Tuesday July 5, 2016

People flee Syria
Families flee as the crisis unfolds in Syria. Image: ICRC

The once-prosperous town of Ramadi in central Iraq is in tatters  - a ghost town, littered with explosive remnants of war.  

The ongoing armed conflicts in Iraq and Syria have now displaced more than 10 million people, and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says that levels of suffering in the two countries have reached unprecedented levels.  

"Even as Ramadan comes to an end, many, many ordinary people are living in abject fear and terrifying uncertainty," says ICRC president Peter Maurer.  

Maurer called on those people with influence over the conflict to show vision and courage and a respect for the fundamental value of human dignity.  

"The people need leaders who believe in humanity; who protect, homes, schools and hospitals; who protect civilians and treat people they capture with respect. And we stand ready to talk to anyone - or to act as an intermediary so that more help, more assistance, can be delivered. And more people protected from violence."  

Red Cross Red Crescent has been providing neutral, impartial aid to people on all sides of the conflicts. This includes food, drinking water, medical assistance, sanitation facilities, hygiene items and emergency cash for families.  

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