SARC Stories

Obaida Al Kassem a volunteer with Syrian Arab Red Crescent – Daraa branch


My name is Obaida Al Kassem, I volunteer with Daraa branch of Syrian Arab Red Crescent with the emergency team. I entered this field because I am in love with this kind of work ,and I know the value of this service which can save lives. In one of our missions was to move an injured person who had kidney failure. While we were in our way to Damascus his heart suddenly stopped  so I had to do a CPR for him on my own, because I was alone in the patient area inside the ambulance. Before I finished the… Read More »


Monzer Abdo a volunteer with Syrian Arab Red Crescent – Aleppo branch


25 year old Monzer Abdo is a field officer for the first aid teams at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) Aleppo branch. “I began volunteering in 2010.My work as a first aider started for the first time on 22 April 2014 where I found in this work the closest way to save others’ lives and alleviate their sufferings. One case that particularly had an impact on my and my colleagues’ lives was of Molham, a 14 year old boy. After the amputation of his father’s feet, he was the sole breadwinner for his family, before he got third-degree burns… Read More »


Maan Makkash volunteer with Syrian Arab Red Crescent – Damascus branch


My name is Maan Makkash, I am 24 years old, I am a graduate student at the faculty of medicine, I volunteered into the first aid squads at Damascus branch since Mar 2013 as a first aider, but I spent the last year as an alternate in the operations room. I volunteered into the Syrian Arab Red Crescent because it works with its full power during the crisis for a one and only one goal which is the Human been, regardless of his political, social, economical or knowledge opinions. My only reason for volunteering in the first aid squads because… 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 »


Yaser Laqmoush, a volunteer with Syrian Arab Red Crescent – Idleb branch


My name is Yaser Laqmoush, I have been working with the first aid team Idlib for one year. Due to the current circumstances and the large number of accidents around the country and especially in my area I applied to volunteer at the SARC-Idelb branch within the first aid team. One day I received a phone call to transfer one of the injuries due to mortar shells. The injury was so serious – a 16 year-old young lady – she needed a blood transfusion from the national hospital and then to go on to the SARC hospital in Idleb. She… Read More »


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