Exploding a mine is a real nightmare for people as it might cause either death or amputation. Moreover, daily life, including grazing, agriculture, and vital facilities, might stop due to the presence of a mine somewhere. Therefore, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent dedicated tremendous efforts to raising awareness about the risks of mines and then doing non-technical surveys on the places of its existence.
Hama and its countryside were our destinations to confront the risks of mines
The Mines and War Remnant Risk Education Team reach Kafr Zita, in the far northern countryside of Hama, in addition to dozens of other towns and villages to help save the local people’s lives there. SARC volunteers wide-spread correct information as there has been a big explosion of a mine.
SARC’s goal is to save lives
The ultimate goal of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent is to save people’s lives. Therefore, the activities of the volunteers vary from awareness-raising sessions, non-technical surveys, and the assessment of the local people’s needs to collecting data on the victims of the remnants of war. The volunteers also coordinate with other departments of the organization such as physical therapy, relief, and livelihoods. They also do non-technical surveys which aim to determine the geographical location of the remnants of war for the sake of reducing their risks. By holding awareness sessions, the volunteers spread correct information about the risks of mines, their forms, and how to react when encountering them. Such sessions are directed to all groups of different ages and aim at saving lives and changing behavior in the long term to create a generation aware of the risks of mines. 108 is the number determined to report the existence of mines.
Our achievements in July
More than 950 people attended our awareness sessions in July in Hama and its countryside: 285 children (under the age of 11), 366 adolescents (from 12 to 17), and 266 adults (from 18 to 59), and 39 elderly people over sixty.