Kiwis have dug deep to make a difference following an escalation of violence in Syria this week. Their donations to the New Zealand Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal will allow the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), to provide lifesaving humanitarian aid to displaced civilians in Aleppo.

Thousands are sheltering in temporary accommodation in the city’s south-east where Red Cross volunteers are providing medical care, water, and hot meals.

Red Cross is appealing to all sides of the conflict to spare civilian lives and issuing a reminder that the rules of warfare must be respected. ICRC and SARC are ready to implement any mutual agreement that puts civilians first.

“This is a deepening humanitarian catastrophe. Further loss of life can be stopped if the parties to the conflict in Syria apply the basic rules of warfare, and humanity,” says New Zealand Red Cross International Humanitarian Law advisor, Dr Rebecca Dudley.

“We urge the parties to spare civilians caught up in the conflict, and to take this chance to save lives.”

Kiwis can continue to support the Red Cross’ work in Syria by donating to the Syria Crisis Appeal, 100% of the money raised will go directly to the people affected by this conflict.

A donation of just $35 could provide blankets to displaced families or $68 could provide food for a month.