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Tunisian Red Crescent volunteers show the true spirit of humanity

Published: 10 March 2011 11:11 CET

Katherine Roux in Tunisia

When people fleeing the violence in Libya began to arrive in their thousands in Tunisia, the Tunisian Red Crescent was one of the first local organizations to respond. With an average of 60 volunteers working each day, the Red Crescent Society has continued to work endlessly to serve the needs of people arriving at the border.

One of these outstanding volunteers is named Frida Farid. He is 24 and has been a member of the Tunisian Red Crescent since 2005.  Farid left his job for a week to work at the border. He arrived on Thursday 24 February, remaining in Ras Jdir for a total of six days to help people as they first crossed into Tunisia.

“I had some problems when I left my job because I am a security manager, and our company is in a state of crisis,” Farid explains. “But I have the skills and the experience, and I wanted to help.”

Farid began his first day working as an assistant to a medical doctor. Soon after, he was appointed team leader with a group of between two and six rescue staff, who worked to assess which people needed emergency help and required assistance at the advanced medical post, and which could be treated more easily. The team often carried people away on stretchers. Farid worked long days, starting at 8am and finishing at 11pm each day.

“I regularly went into the area between the border of Tunisia and Libya – no man’s land,” he says. “I would panic because it was overwhelming, but when people see the IFRC's logo and the emblems of the red cross and red crescent they become more comfortable. They have confidence in the Tunisian Red Crescent.”

Farid’s dedication and selflessness as a volunteer serves as a reminder of what is at the heart of the IFRC and its member National Societies. It also shows the true spirit of humanity, which has helped those fleeing Libya and makes a difference in the lives of so many.




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