Throughout the current unrest in some areas of Syria there has been one constant - the presence and reach of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expresses its enormous respect for SARC’s efforts and for the efforts of the volunteers and staff.
Despite their own circumstances, these remarkable humanitarians demonstrate their commitment to the Fundamental Principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality on a daily basis.
IFRC would like to highlight and recognize the important humanitarian role that Syrian Arab Red Crescent is playing during the current unrest. Their activities include:
ambulance service and first aid to provide life saving support
clinics that provide primary health care for people with chronic conditions
everyday needs such as food baskets and hygiene kits to people who have left their homes or in areas where local shops and suppliers have closed due to the unrest.
The IFRC has for many years worked to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in development – from preparedness for emergencies such as the current unrest to building resilience in local communities. Together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which plays a vital role in partnership with Syrian Arab Red Crescent, our Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is focused on the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Syria and committed to supporting the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, its volunteers and employees who are working in the field.
Published: 28 February 2012 22:16 CET IFRC.ORG
Tadateru Konoé, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Bekele Geleta, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Image 1: SARC volunteers and members of the local community in Homs Syria unload trucks of humanitarian assistance. © SARC / I. Malla