SYRIA: A Humanitarian Journey: A short documentary which details the journey of Al Muntada Trust’s Sayid Ali and Scott McPherson who made a humanitarian visit to Syria and Turkey in early March 2013.
Al Muntada Trust sends a team of 30 medical volunteers to Sanaa, Yemen, to perform free life-saving heart operations for children born with congenital heart defects.
The international medical team comprising of cardiologists, technicians, fusionists and ICU nurses will be stationed at the Military Hospital in Sanaa for a period of 8 days and will be performing complicated surgical procedures to children from across Yemen.
Following on from successful trips to Sudan and Morocco over the past year which treated more than 200 children, the Little Hearts project which originally aimed to provides free life-saving cardiac surgery and interventional cardiac catheterisation for children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) from underprivileged families in six African countries, has now been expanded to outside the continent.
Day Four | Syrian Crisis: A look at IDP Camp Bab Al Hawa, Syria.
Day Three | Syrian Crisis: You are probably wondering what’s in our emergency aid packs. Here’s a look at its contents.
It only cost $50 to supply a family with a food pack that will last them for 15 days, and Just $10 for a baby pack. Why don’t you sponsor one?
Day Two | Syrian Crisis: We are given a tour of Karame camp by its administrator Usama Hajj Hassan .The camp houses 4,500-5,000 families in 470 tents. Mr Usama tells us that on average 10 families arrive in the camp each day seeking shelter.
“The people in this camp are facing many difficulties. In the whole camp there is only one shower and toilet facility on the far corner and is shared by everyone.”
Usama further explains that overcrowding and lack of sanitation in the camp has caused a lot of illness to the kids. He points to open sewer streams running between the camps.
Day Two | Syrian Crisis: Our journey took us to city of Idlib to a school used as a makeshift shelter for families from conflict ruined areas of Syria.
Kids can be soo much fun, despite the difficult situation they’re in, we’ve met very playful kids, who laughed and shook hands with us. But deep down we know that this conflict has a dramatic effect on them as they recall the harrowing stories from the places they have fled from. All they speak of is the distruction caused by the missiles that reigned on their homes and schools.
The implications of life as an internally displaced children is surely great, with children missing out on their education. They have a lot of time on their hands living in confined and basic shelter.
Day Two | Syrian Crisis: Scott McPherson of Al Muntada Trust hands over a food pack to the family of Muhammad Jalmond from Hama. He invites us to his modest home of two rooms which he shares with eight members of his family in Bab Al Hawa. Like most families, Muhammad lost his day job as an administrator in the local government and left everything behind.
Syrians are proud people and bear their current situation with dignity and a vision of a better future.
Day Two | Syrian Crisis: Today we made our way across the Turkish border and into Syria to deliver some aid to families affected by the conflict. As we feared the scenes we have witnessed are that which is familiar to most of us outside Syria. Scenes of conflict and displacement.
Our first stop was at the wear-house where our emergency supply packs are stored. We help load more than 50 food and baby packs on to our van to distribute it to nearby families who have fled from frontline towns for fear of their lives.
Top Picture: Sayid Aden Ali (left) and Scott McPherson (right)
Day One | Syrian Crisis: Meet 17 year old Mahmoud Hisni from Idlib Syria. He is another patient at Dar Shiffa Hospital in Turkey. Showing us his wounds, Mahmoud told us of how he was abrupt woken up by the noise of government helicopters which fired in to his neighbourhood in the night. The attack left him scarred needing multiple surgeries. He recounts how his 20 year old cousin did not survive the attach.
Eager to practice his English with us, we asked how the situation in Idlib was? He replied, “Bad”.
Day One | Syrian Crisis: 18 year oldKhadija Mustafa from Hammaa, Syria is one of the many Syrian refugees arriving in Turkey for medical treatment. She was injured by shrapnel from a missile which landed near here home in Hammaa. Yet here biggest concern is here two sons (2 & 3yo) that she left behind in a city she described to be falling apart. Her brave smile conceals a traumatic experience.
Dar Al Shiffaa is one of the four hospitals in Rayhaniya, Turkey treating Syrians free of charge.
[pic: Khalid Muhammad (Husband) and Khadija Mustafa]
Day One | Syrian Crisis: This being the fist of many entries from us, reporting on our journey to deliver aid to Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict and claiming the lives of more than 60,000 people; with very little sleep and an immense sense of urgency in our mission, we arrive in Hatay international airport bringing us closer to our final destination. As well as being anxious of what we may encounter, our drive to reach those in need motivates us more.
[pic: Scott McPherson & Sayid Ali (me)]
Syria Here We Come: Having launched a rigorous fundraising campaign for our Syrian Crisis Appeal, Al Muntada Trust is now sending a team to directly oversee aid to the affected Syrians. Follow the journey of our team, over the next few days directly from the field as we start getting much needed aid to those in urgent need.
Thanks to your generous donations, many families will be reliefed.
The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening. According to the UN:
- 4 million people are in need of urgent assistantce
- More than 60,000 people have been killed since March 2011
- A furher 100,000 are likely to be killed by the end of 2013
- 5,000 Refugees are crossing the border each day to neighbouring countries
- 78% of Refugees are women and children
Al Muntada Trust is looking for an Intern to work on our life-saving project for Maternal Mortality. This project aims to tackle the issue of maternal mortality in Mali, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Nigeria in order to reduce the alarming rates of maternal mortality.
This exciting role as a Project Officer Intern will involve active recruitment of midwifes onto the programme, provision of administrative support to the overseas department and participation in fundraising initiatives. The successful applicant will be provided with the necessary training and will be involved in all staff training sessions covering a variety of topics.
Working in a small team, the intern will also be assisting with the departments other life saving projects including the Little Hearts Project. This is an exciting role for someone hoping to gain relevant experience in the humanitarian sector. The post holder will be required to travel overseas to facilitate and monitor projects if necessary.