IT takes a certain kind of someone to put their life on the line for those in need.
Nic Prince will leave for Jordan on Sunday to provide humanitarian aid to some of the 530,000 Syrian refugees in the country.
As a health co-ordinator with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mr Prince will work alongside government and agencies to ensure refugees have access to health and medical care.
The Spargo Creek resident will work alongside Jordan Red Crescent for five months, one of the main agencies supporting more than half a million Syrians living in the country.
A veteran of humanitarian aid service, Mr Prince has served in Afghanistan, Armenia, Balkans, Pakistan and South Africa, serving the needs of those caught in conflict and areas affected by natural disaster.
“When I started out I had no responsibilities, so I would go without hesitation. Now I’m older and wiser, I am more anxious because I have attachments at home.
“But I’ve got these skills and my previous experience has told me that I am the right person for this job.”
Mr Prince said an integral role of humanitarian aid was rebuilding communities.
“Who were those people before the conflict? They were doctors, carpenters and lawyers; it’s about getting that community back together and using their skills,” Mr Prince said.
The Red Cross aim to relieve pressure off countries who are taking in huge numbers of refugees and may not have the infrastructure to cope.
“Jordan has the potential to implode. The influx will overwhelm those countries and that is why international support is so important.”
Fifteen years ago Mr Prince went on a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan, prior to American occupancy, and found it was his profession that kept him safe.
“Aid groups are respected in conflict from both sides because we are there to serve a need,” he said.
“Aid workers go on neutrality and impartiality, it’s about who needs help.”
Since the crisis began in 2011, two million Syrians have fled their homeland to neighbouring countries Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
It is estimated that 5000 people flee the country each day in search of peace and safety.
To find out more or to donate, visit www.redcross.org.au.