Civilians are not to be targets in conflicts, and neither are humanitarian aid workers. Aid workers are present in conflicts to alleviate suffering and help persons affected by conflict and war. They do not take sides in conflicts and they are not targets.
The campaign I am #NotATarget currently mobilizes the global Red Cross/Red Crescent movement around the world. Volunteers and staff stand in solidarity with our International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) colleagues who were killed in Afghanistan on 8 th February. Not only are we standing in solidarity, we are also shedding light onto something that is essential; aid workers are protected by International Humanitarian Law. Attacks on humanitarian workers is a violation of International Humanitarian Law. Just like civilians, aid workers are not to be attacked and are not to be targets in any conflicts.
The increase of attacks of humanitarian workers must stop
The killing of 6 ICRC aid workers and two unaccounted for in Afghanistan last week is not the first of its kind. Since the mid 2000 there has been an increase of attacks against aid workers. For aid workers to help and alleviate suffering of people affected by conflicts they can not be attacked.
Aid workers are not targets
Humanitarian aid workers are not part of the conflict and does not take any sides in a conflict. Rather, aid workers are there to help and to alleviate suffering among people affected by conflict and war. International Humanitarian Law protecting aid workers must be respected, so that civilians and those in need can be reached with life necessary assistance.
#NotATarget - a solidarity social media campaign by humanitarian community
The social media solidarity campaign #NotATarget was first launched by Doctors Without Borders after health structures were repeatedly bombed and shelled in Syria in 2015. Now the social media campaign is continuously used to spread awareness about that civilians, hospitals and humanitarian workers are not targets, but should be protected during conflicts.
Stand in solidarity with civilians affected by conflict and aid workers who alleviates suffering during times of conflict and share your own message in social media with I am #NotATarget.