Reference : V-P-SY-E-00917
Date : 08/2015
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : Aleppo. The ICRC head of delegation, Marianne Gasser, with a team of ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent cross a front line.
Photographer : s.n.
Person appearing :
GASSER, Marianne (head of delegation Damascus, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : CR Syrie
Description : ICRC Website, 14.09.2015 article «[…] I have spent the past five years as a humanitarian worker in Syria. I was here when the 2011 uprisings began. I was here as the violence spread inexorably across the country. I am here as people see no alternative but to leave their homes and seek sanctuary elsewhere.
The Syrian cities once neat and clean and vibrant have turned into dark shadows of themselves. Now, instead of beautiful streets and fabulous architecture, I walk through the rubble of destroyed homes in the cities of Homs, Aleppo and rural Damascus.
[…] More than 220,000 people have died. More than 12 million have been forced to leave their homes. Close to four million have left the country.
[…] colleagues from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and I crossed a front line in the eastern part of Aleppo, an area where different armed opposition groups are operating. We visited health facilities where the injured and sick were being looked after by brave medical staff who have few supplies. We visited bakeries where every ounce of flour was being carefully used. We saw how close to the edge so many people were living.
In a country where the essentials needed for human survival such as water, shelter and electricity, are in short supply; where mortars and rockets continue to rain down on civilians, destroying their lives and properties; where humanitarian workers go out and risk their lives to bring succour to the millions who are suffering; humanity in Syria is struggling to survive.
There are areas which are besieged and where aid supplies cannot be delivered; where babies are born and mothers do not have access to basic health care; where the withholding of water supplies is used as a weapon of war. The economy is in dire straits.
So much of the country is dependent on outside support. Every month, millions of people receive food and other aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and other humanitarian organizations.»
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Orientation : landscape
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