SARC Stories

Mothers suffer displacement and family fragmentation


By Afaf Mirzo As the crisis in Syria entered its fifth year, the scenes of pain and suffering continues to show up as before. However, The Syrian women become had to suffer the most due to the ongoing miserable circumstances that tied her with heavy burdens, but couldn’t hinder her from playing her basic role as a mother.   “Um Hasan” is 38 years old. She is a Syrian mother who experienced much of cruelty and pain within the crisis. “I was living with my husband and our four sons in a village in Idleb area. Hasan ,my elder son, 17… 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 »


Syrian displaced living on the edge


By Viviane Tou’meh,SARC In this part of the world – about 10km from Adra city, in al-Duwair area – a small camp has became a home for 2,450 people, around 500 families, after their displacement from Adra city. This camp consists of 200 small cabins built from cement and was used previously as training place for school’s students during summer holidays. The weather was nice during our visit to this camp and many residents were outside catching some warmth from the sun. Abu Mohammed, a father of seven children, was cooking rice with ghee, he said: “I had to cook… Read More »


Families find relief in Damascus, but conflict has long-lasting effects


A SARC volunteer with Rania al-Boush and her two young daughters and son at the SARC psychosocial support centre. By Viviane Tou’meh, Syrian Arab Red Crescent Rania al-Boush is 40 years old and is mother to three girls and two boys. In early 2013 she was forced to leave her home in al-Mleha, Rural Damascus and now lives in the Duwaila neighbourhood of Damascus. “The crisis has affected everyone in my family,” she says. The lack of space has caused problems for the whole family, but the two young boys have found it especially hard to cope with the changes.… Read More »


Vaccinating all children across Syria remains a challenge


By Viviene Tou’meh, Syrian Arab Red Crescent There were humanitarian issues in al-Hasakah governorate even before the conflict broke out in Syria. After three years of fighting, the situation is dire. Drought, severe winter conditions and low temperatures only make matters worse One resident said that resources were hard to come by. “Last year, we cut the trees in order to warm ourselves and all the roads from al-Raqqah. Deir Ezzor and Aleppo were cut off causing a rise in food prices and a lack of fuel.” Despite these obstacles, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) has been able launch… Read More »


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