SARC Featured Stories

SARC teams on alert to alleviate the threatening winter conditions in Syria


By Vivian Tou’meh, Syrian Arab Red Crescent Volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have been deployed following heavy snow storms which hit the country in recent weeks. Volunteers have been helping people to move out of unfinished buildings and providing heat, blankets and warm clothes. Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar, President of SARC said: “The snowstorm has shown once more that our staff and volunteers are ready and prepared to respond at all times. We thank all SARC those who were able to help people in the freezing weather.” In Damascus, volunteers responded to several cases related to ice… Read More »


Wajdi al-Qak- a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent- Rural Damascus branch


My Name is Wajdi al-Qak. I have been a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent since 2012. During the first workshop with SARC, one of the trainers asked me, ’why you want to volunteer’? I remember that I answered without thinking; I want to wear the red clothes and be a first aide. We follow the first aid basics that we have been trained in during all cases. We see many people but one of those who I cannot forget is a woman who unable to move after an explosion happened beside her house and she was living alone.We… Read More »


Drought puts additional strain on families affected by the crisis in Syria


By Vivian Tou’meh, SARC “The drought will place further strain on communities who have already largely exhausted their resources. With low levels of income, purchasing power decreases and so does the standard of living”, says Ali Diab, a water engineer from SARC’s Deir Ezzor branch. “This year’s seasonal drought is expected to be the worst since years, bringing further strain to farmers, affecting harvests and food prices.” The drought in Syria is not a new problem. The country has suffered the effects of an ongoing drought since mid-2006. In 2007, Syria’s north-east region suffered from the worst drought to hit the country… Read More »


The changes wrought on a Red Crescent branch by an ongoing conflict


By Vivian Tou’meh and Sana Tarabishi, SARC Prior to the conflict in Syria, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) was a very different organization with a very different mission. It had been a significant presence in support of people fleeing other crises in the region. Branches close to the border with Iraq, for instance, had become well-versed in supporting refugees. The nature of SARC’s mission changed in 2011. The Aleppo branch, which has been involved in major operations since the outbreak of violence, was established in 1947. In its early years, the branch provided health services to local people – mostly children… Read More »


Volunteering and hoping to create a better future for all Syrians


by: Vivian Tou’meh Wafaa Malla Aref’s is a former Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer who is now working in al-Battani Polyclinic in al-Raqqah. Since the beginning of the events in al-Raqqah, only men were allowed to volunteer with SARC, it was strange to see a woman volunteer, but Wafaa broke the rules and continued her work. Wafaa her life as a Red Crescent volunteer was drive by devotion and the chance to make a difference to the lives of Syrians. The work, she says, has given her the patience to deal with difficult situations. “I started as a SARC… Read More »


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