In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society organised a dialogue session titled (Safe Arrival), in which a number of officers and employees from Baghdad Operations, the Internal Security Forces of the Civil Defence, and the General Traffic Directorate participated, as well as doctors working in immediate aid and a number of health personnel from both sides of Karkh and Rusafa. The goal of this session is to lessen the risks that field cadres may face when doing humanitarian responsibilities in dangerous and insecure places, as well as the precautions that must be taken.
And the steps that field cadres must take to acquire the trust of individuals in need of humanitarian assistance, alongside those who regulate access to these people.
The first axis of the session was an introduction to the Iraqi Red Crescent Society and its activity as a humanitarian organisation, followed by a review of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, its fundamental principles, and International Humanitarian Law. The second axis explored the most organised means that should be done to improve the ability to safely access persons in need, as well as the actions that are taken to respond to the needs in hazardous environments such as armed conflicts, riots, and internal tensions.
Whereas many of the organisations’ staff and dedicated volunteers have died in the line of duty, National Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations around the world confront more challenges when carrying out humanitarian operations in insecure environments.