In pictures - Negotiations and neutrality bring aid to Daraa, Syria, for the first time in two years

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has managed to bring aid to people who have been isolated in Daraa since fighting began in the region two years ago.


After negotiations with the various groups active in the area, the SARC convoy was given permission to take its vital cargo into Daraa. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


 Eventually 16 large trucks of relief set off. Blankets, food, water and other much needed supplies were loaded up by staff and volunteers eager to get the mission underway. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

Negotiations to ensure the cargo came through various checkpoints unscathed were made possible by SARC’s reputation for neutrality throughout the conflict. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


Just outside the city, the local Red Crescent branch took over the distribution effort to ensure the relief supplies reached the most vulnerable families and individuals. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


The hygiene kits and food parcels in the convoy will make a difference to the lives of over 40,000 people who have been without support for two years. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


Unloading the trucks took over four hours in the Syrian heat, but the volunteers and staff were happy to get the job done, so others could get the support they needed. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC