These attacks are horrific but their fallout is arguably, equally as unjust. For the consequences of these killings are far-reaching and wide; are not limited to the family and friends of those killed, the colleagues with whom they worked, or even the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement as a whole.
These incidents have an immediate and devastating impact on the people in countries where Red Cross works. On the hundreds of thousands of Afghanis who have come to rely on life-saving healthcare. On the countless Somalis, Central Africans, Iraqis and Syrians and many more who after enduring unspeakable trauma and hardship have had to lean on aid for immediate survival.
Attacks such as these are more than just a violation of International Humanitarian Law, they are an attack on humanity itself.
It is for this reason Red Cross strives to make everyone understand that even wars have limits; and why we protect our emblems and their significance as protective devices in wartime.
We honour our colleagues’ lives and we mourn the too-high price they paid in carrying out their work.
Now and always, we are Not a Target.