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Assad's regime confiscating medical aid

2012-11-07 21:46

Geneva - President Bashar Assad's regime is confiscating much of the medical aid that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Damascus tries to distribute, says a spokesperson for a Syrian medical aid group.

Doctor Tawfik Chamaa, a Syrian doctor in Geneva and spokesperson for the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations, said on Wednesday that as much as "95% of everything that was sent to Syrian Red Crescent headquarters in Damascus went to support the Syrian regime" and was handed out mainly to injured supporters of the government.

He told reporters in Geneva that dozens of medical workers had been killed and more than 600 imprisoned since the conflict began 19 months ago, but the ongoing aid diversion was a silent killer.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been virtually the only aid organisation allowed to keep operating in Syria, where its volunteers have been involved in a wide range of aid such as helping to deliver food, setting up mobile health units and providing safe drinking water in schools.

Raefah Makki, a spokesperson in Beirut for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said volunteers with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were working "sometimes in life-threatening conditions to provide urgent assistance to people affected by the unrest and in need of assistance in the most needed areas with complete impartiality."





Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 23:01

    It's called rationing and it happens during times of strife or wars!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-08 04:21

      NO!! WRONG AGAIN !! It is called TYRANNY !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-08 07:34

      What if your family was in desperate need of supplies, having been bombed by Assad's forces, or tortured by his militia?

      customdesign - 2012-11-08 08:07

      Assad will skin a baby alive on international television and you will find a reason to back him

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 08:28

      @Holdanigono Does the concept of nuanced thought, or that not everything is black and white, have any resonance for you?

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-08 08:28

      fidel you make me sick. You take your freedom of expression & speech that was given to you by people who fought for our democracy, and you abuse these freedoms. You abuse by saying things like your freedom is good enough for yourself – but Syrians do not deserve the same freedoms you enjoy. the truth is you have never experienced war, humiliation, desperation and survival - you sit at home and attack western ideals thinking your a brave little soul standing up to powerful coalitions, you are a loser... a loser with no hart.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 08:41

      You are all so tainted and self opinionated and blinded by your own morality and ideology that you have become intolerant and prejudiced against anything you do not agree with or understand. You do not agree with my views and I do not with yours, and that causes me absolutely no pain!

      stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-11-08 09:55

      One does not claim whats not yours to claim. The aid is from foreign entities, thus he is stealing the aid. He is simply a thief.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 10:12

      That would be the case under normal circumstances. Syria is in a state of war now!

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-08 11:00

      Fidel why don't you fly over to Syria and help Assad ..the poor man, I'm sure you'll find many to fund your ticket. Then you can blow smoke directly out of Assads butt.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 11:12

      I find this binary type of thinking very typical of the conservative mind. More and more I am convinced that the conservative brain does not have the intelligence or ability to expend the mental energy needed to comprehend and process shadings of grey or even variation in colour when it comes to ideas, thoughts and opinions. It is an extremely lazy and trouble free way to live one's intellectual life. Instead of processing all things from all angles then turning the dials of the mind to get the precise setting, people like you have simply chosen to flick a switch on or off. As George W. Bush said, 'you're either with us or with them'. Osama Bin Laden had a similar outlook on life! But don't let me get in the way of the circle-jerk in progress.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-09 07:22

      It's intelligent to come to the conclusion that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom? This is about as unintelligent as can be.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-08 07:08

    This man is a terror!! I wonder where his wife is probably sitting all cosy in the UK shopping on line its just disgusting!!! Its sad to know people are dying trying to help others!!

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