SARC Featured Stories

Mothers trying to find safe place for their children


By Laila Tawakkol Khadeja, 36 years old, fled out with her husband and four children to al-Mallaha area in the eastern countryside of Homs. She  she settled down in wretched mud-made  room with no roof or windows . She had to live in this room since it is better than the empty warehouse that her neighbor has took as a shelter during the displacement trip. Khadeja’s family found this place suitable for them because it is located near  a distribution point supervised by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent where volunteers are working as a hive and distribute relief items including hygiene… Read More »


Mothers Carrying out Humanitarian Duty: Volunteer Ramia AlNabsha


By Sana Tarabishi Ramia AlNabsha was one of the first to volunteer at youth committee in SARC – Aleppo. “With the onset of the current crisis I suffered a lot with the absence of my husband for two years simultaneously with the depletion of basic life essentials during the war. I was lonely and carrying our child. However, my Red Crescent family stood by me and had the greatest role in helping me overcome the crisis. Two years later, there came a relief when my husband came back. We both unfortunately got used to sounds of war. Then I gave birth… Read More »


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 »


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