February 2014

SARC supporting families torn apart by violence in Syria


By Qusai Azroni, SARC, Rural Damascus Five-year-old Aya spent the two hours on the road looking out the window of the car, asking ‘are we there yet?’ smiling for the soldiers at checkpoints and, asking her sister Yasmine, 14, to play. Yasmin, though, was occupied with thoughts of her mother. Where was she? Is she still alive? Aya and Yasmin left the city of Adra with their neighbors. Their mother was detained by one of the armed groups inside the city while trying to leave; Yasmin, who has thalassemia (a blood disorder) had missed her blood transfusion and the family… Read More »


Aid and evacuation operations reach communities in Yarmouk camp and Homs


By Viviane Tou’meh, SARC The offices at the headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have been a hive of activity over recent days as teams prepared to take more aid to the Berzeh area, and first aid squads in al-Zahera operation centre prepared themselves for mission to the Yarmouk camp. The society has mounted eight successful operations to evacuate people from the Yarmouk camp, but the last three attempts failed. Mahmoud Qweder, a volunteer from the first aid squads who was involved in these missions, said the operation involved much more than just first aid. “We transferred people… Read More »


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