The lovingly hand knitted woollen blankets have arrived. Photo: humedica/Patrick Khamadi
This country needs our help
An update by Patrick Khamadi
After one distribution is done, the next is lying ahead: this is the motto of our staffers Klaus Ruhrmann and Patrick Khamadi in Syria – in spite of the unstable security situation. Flexibility and spontaneity are required more than ever under these conditions. humedica staffer Patrick Khamadi reports directly from Syria:
“Today we made good progress. We were able to hand out more than 800 blankets so that the number of blankets distributed so far amounts to 1.350 altogether. Moreover, we were able to pass on ten crutches, five wheelchairs and a rollator to old and frail persons.
Today we were in a Kurdish area, at 10 kilometres distance from Aleppo. We distributed more than 350 blankets and two wheelchairs in two villages in the area of Al Guz. In the evening, we were busy distributing the remaining relief supplies in Talaleen, where we had not managed to finish the distribution yesterday.
People here badly need medical care but we have to deny most of their requests since we haven’t got the necessary medical equipment Klaus would need for treatments. There is a huge need for medication and my impression is that the people are longing for medical aid.
Tomorrow we will carry out a comprehensive distribution in Marea and, if we have enough time, will drive on to another area in the south of Marea. Our accommodation is with local partners in Talaleen.
We regularly check the security situation in the surroundings while we are on mission here…We have to be very flexible and adapt our daily planning spontaneously to the current situation. After the first procedure on the Turkish-Syrian border we are very curious what tomorrow will be like and which will be the next steps of our work.
So far, everything has gone according to plan and we have made good progress with the distributions. We plan on five more destinations where we would like to hand out blankets and other relief supplies to people. One destination will be Marea where we are going tomorrow.
Aleppo is continuously hit by terrible bomb attacks – day and night. Please pray for the people here.