Ibrahim Fadel, Aleppo branch Syrian Arab Red Crescent

Published: 20 August 2014 14:17 CET

The crisis in Aleppo city has been the main motivation driving my colleagues and me - the field intervention team - to keep carrying out daily missions for more than two years. We do many things: repairing the main water line that supplies the whole city, evacuating dead bodies, repairing water and electricity lines, transporting medication and vaccines to the needy throughout the governorate, exchanging processes between parties to the conflict, and bringing flour to Aleppo when the roads were cut off.  

The humanitarian intervention in Aleppo Central Prison was one of the most effective missions I took part in. It went on for more than a year with more than 136 humanitarian missions carried out. Each mission brought hope and life for more than 3,000 residents in the prison. Because we were focused on them and their needs, we faced difficulties and dangers and did not stop, despite the killing of one colleague and the wounding of many others.

One time in particular was extraordinarily difficult. We were supposed to bring food, water and medicine, but our missions had been interrupted for one week due to clashes in the surrounding area in which many people were killed. A cease-fire was agreed for one hour. One of our volunteers was injured, an event which slowed the mission but did not cancel it. He was evacuated and treated, and the rest of the team insisted on returning to carry on the task, to go back to help people suffering from the conflict.  

I am not sure if I will stay in this team or not… but one day I will remember these emotional events. I will not forget the looks of gratitude and admiration directed toward us. I will not forget a single day that there were volunteers who pledged their lives to save a life.