Khaled Khafaji, a volunteer for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, was killed while on ambulance duty in Deir El Zour. Image: SARC
Following 16 months of conflict, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal to support the vital work of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in assisting vulnerable people and communities.
The 27.5 million Swiss franc (22.9 million Euro) appeal will help SARC to respond to the Syrian crisis and assist 200,000 people over the next 12 months with healthcare, emergency relief and livelihoods support. It will also be used to increase the capacity of the organization to respond as the situation requires.
Since the conflict began, SARC has worked around the clock, sending many of its 10,000 trained volunteers into difficult to reach areas, and in this work relies on all parties to respect the humanitarian mission of the organization and its emblems. The appeal comes in the wake of the death of volunteer Khaled Khafaji, who was killed while on ambulance duty in Deir El Zour.
Åsa Erika Jansson, IFRC Country Representative in Syria, called for better recognition and protection of volunteers who were providing vital first aid and ambulance services to vulnerable people trapped or displaced by the conflict. “It is at very difficult times like these that we, as a Movement, come together and show our solidarity,” she said. “It is now more important than ever for us to work closely with SARC in its ongoing efforts to assist all of those affected by this crisis.”
Download the appeal document.