For the past week, more than 100 personnel from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the ICRC have been facilitating the evacuation of people from Eastern Aleppo.

As of yesterday, tens of thousands of civilians had been successfully evacuated in this complex operation.
 
This evacuation will allow humanitarian organizations to reach and assist people who have been wounded and other vulnerable people who have not had access to humanitarian assistance.

SARC volunteers help an elderly woman evacuate Aleppo

SARC volunteers assist an elderly woman to evacuate Aleppo. /Photo courtesy: SARC


It is estimated that more than 13.5 million people across Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance. To put that into perspective, that’s about a third of the population of Canada.

ICRC aid worker Pawel Krzysiek shared this heartbreaking tweet last week:
 


How Canadians can help

The Canadian Red Cross has been providing support to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for four years, with a focus on health. This includes essential health care for women and children, nutrition centres, medicines and medical logistics.  

Canadians are invited to support these ongoing efforts by donating to the Syria Crisis Fund.

Learn more about the Red Cross response to the Syria crisis