Hossam Elsharkawi (bottom left) speaks with Syrian children who have had to flee their homes. Hossam Elsharkawi (bottom left) speaks with Syrian children who along with their family have had to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in Syria.


6.8 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance; more than 2 million are refugees; 4.25 million are displaced in their own country.

One of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies is unfolding in Syria, and aid agencies around the globe have been sounding the alarm. At times, all the information about Syria can be overwhelming, yet we don’t always hear about those who are most impacted, civilians, women and children.

To help shed light on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and in neighbouring countries, we’re inviting the Twitter community to join us on October 3 at noon ET, for an hour-long Twitter chat using the hashtag #CRCSyria to learn more about the Syrian crisis.

We’ve invited some experts, including Hossam Elsharkawi (@elsharkawi), director with the International Operations team of the Canadian Red Cross, and journalist Hamida Ghafour (@hamidaghafour), a foreign affairs reporter at the Toronto Star and author who specializes in the Middle East and Afghanistan, to share their insights on the situation in Syria and the region. The Twitter chat, moderated by Red Cross Social Team member @CPantazis, will also offer participants an opportunity to ask questions.

The chat will cover topics such as the difficulties facing refugees in the region, the challenges of delivering aid in a conflict, the role of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in providing humanitarian assistance, the deployment of a field hospital with support from the Canadian Red Cross, and how Canadians can help.

We hope you can join us on Thursday, October 3rd. Tweet us your questions with the hashtag #CRCSyria or leave a comment.