SARC Stories

Transformation through crisis: how three years has changed the Red Crescent in al-Mayadeen

by Vivian Tou’meh “Our life changed considerably during the last three years, now it is completely different. My wife and I lost our jobs and our children are now without a school.” With these words, Matar Hasan al-Sajer, a 45-year-old attorney and father of three girls and three boys, describes his life in a camp for displaced people in Saa’lo village, on the outskirts of al-Mayadeen city. “These places lack basic facilities such as water, sanitation, roads, heating, food, clothes and healthcare,” he says. In October last year, the SARC al-Mayadeen sub-branch teams registered 112 families in camps in Saa’lo… Read More »

Discovering the real meaning of neutrality in a highly polarized conflict

by Vivian Tou’meh Yaser Assaf, 23, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer and an Arabic literature graduate, describes how he never believed in neutrality prior to joining the Red Crescent and how his experience made him neutral. “I was only 16 years old when I joined SARC in 2007. In 2011, I completed a first aid principles course and an advanced first aid course. “Problems started in Deir Ezzor in April 2011, the situation was really difficult during that period, and there was an urgent need for first aiders. I worked for the Deir Ezzor branch in al-Joura, al-Qusur… Read More »

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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