Media around the world have provided enough information on the chaos that has been hitting this country for the last 8 years, there is little need to add more here. Written press, photos, films, all the media combine to describe the martyrdom of the Syrian people, the dislocation of social relations, the massive destruction of both housing and infrastructure, the monstrosity of the repression used by all parties to the conflict, the culture of hatred and intolerance that has taken hold of the spirits, the madness of new forms of terrorism aimed at becoming a caliphate with a vocation to govern entire populations. Humanitarian consequences: almost 410,000 killed, countless seriously injured, four million Syrian refugees (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Europe mainly) and eight million displaced.
Fearing they were dead or dispersed in exile we remained for a long time without news of a small team of volunteers, known on site during the pre-war years, to whom a deep friendship bound us. In October 2014, miraculously, the contact was re-established with those who were able to remain active despite the great danger prevailing in this central region of Syria; (for obvious reasons of safety we must limit the details on the persons and places where the work is done). To assess what is feasible and to support the local team, one of us went on-site in December 2014, August 2016 and November 2017
- Payment of medical delivery costs for mothers without means and without any other recourse
- Infant milk formula for infants whose mother, without means, cannot breastfeed, or too little.
- Legal assistance (lawyer) for women victims of arbitrary arrest by the authorities. Often cases of false testimony, homonymy, honour killings, etc. Serious risk of torture.
Contribution to the communication and transportation costs of the team.
At the time of writing this report (April 19) and since the beginning of our commitment, this work has made it possible to:
– assist 718 new-borns for their vital needs, and 92 young mothers for difficult deliveries.
– release 13 women prisoners, one of whom was with her child for 5 years.
– facilitate the logistics of the team on-site.
Due to lack of resources, we unfortunately had to suspend during the year the assistance for childbirth
60 babies on average per month: 1/3 of new cases and 2/3 children continuing from the previous month