In response to the growing needs in northern Syria, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) successfully sent a convoy of relief supplies to Aleppo and Menbej on February 7th. 11 trucks containing support items for around 20,000 people reached Aleppo on February 8th and Menbej the following day.
The convoy carried 22,000 essential relief items (food parcels, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, jerry cans, and household parcels).
"We definitely attracted attention,” Rami, a SARC staff member escorting the convoy, said. “People were excited, but not surprised. In Manbej, the organization branch has been playing a vital role during the conflict; managing local bakeries and distributing relief items."
Since the beginning of February, the Red Cross Red Crescent has distributed essential non-food items, including 49,740 blankets, 17,100 tarpaulins, 15,000 quilts, and 9,550 hygiene kits in 9 of Syria’s 14 governorates.
Rami said there were many challenges on the road: “We faced problems but we overcame them. I hope we can do another convoy very soon again. People really need help.”
Throughout Syria in 2012 the Irish Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal has supported the distribution of:
• General food parcels for 1,390,000 people
• Canned-food parcels for 140,000 people
• Essential household items for 390,000 people
• School kits for 30,000 pupils
• Over 30,000 mattresses and blankets
• Kitchen sets for 20,000 families
• Hygiene sets for 50,000 families
• Clean drinking water for over a million people
The Irish Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal continues to support those affected by the ongoing conflict >
By Raefah Makki, IFRC