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 which crippled him motionless. Me and my colleagues, as the field first aid team which was working within the IDPs center of Aleppo university campus, took it upon ourselves to take care of him and continue changing his bandages over a period of up to six months until he passed the stage of infection and moved to a life of recovery.
In my city, the size of the disaster was great, we would almost need to have a paramedic in every home, in order to save lives without regard to their race, ethnicity or beliefs. The biggest reward of a humanitarian action has to be through a glimpse of happiness that we share with the injured after the completion of the first aid service.