The funeral of Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer first-aid worker
Mohammad al Khadraa, killed in Douma while working in a clearly
marked SARC vehicle in April.
Photo: ©Ibrahim Malla, SARC
Courage under fire
With the world’s eyes turned towards the
armed conflict unfolding in Syria, much of the humanitarian
response has fallen on the shoulders the Syrian Arab Red
Crescent (SARC). Showing incredible bravery, SARC volunteers
and staff have been on the front line, recovering the wounded,
performing on-the-spot first aid, handing out food and
medicines to people in desperate need. The only humanitarian
group with access to most of the country, the National
Society has been a vital partner to the ICRC, the IFRC
and other humanitarian actors. But the SARC has paid a
heavy price. Since fighting broke out, five of its first-aid
volunteers and staff (including a secretary general) and
two board members have been killed. These photographs pay
tribute to a National Society struggling to fulfil its mission
in the cauldron that is present-day Syria.
SARC doctors bring medicine,
food and other vital services
to the town of Bludan
SARC medics and residents help
a woman at the site of an explosion in Damascus in May.
al-Hariri, courtesy www.alertnet.org
Volunteers distributing food and other
supplies in the besieged city of Homs.