DAMASCUS – More than 13 million people in Syria have urgent humanitarian needs, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) president Francesco Rocca said on Wednesday.
“The situation is critical,” Rocca said during a visit to Syria. “There are more than 13 million people in Syria who still have urgent humanitarian needs.”
“Each day, thousands of SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent) volunteers provide emergency food and health care to communities who have lost everything and help people rebuild their lives with psychosocial support and sustainable livelihood programs,” the IFRC president said.
Rocca met with SARC members and addressed the need to increase humanitarian aid and gain access to besieged areas.
Among these areas, Rocca mentioned Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, where the conflict limited civilians’ access to food and health services.
In meetings with Syrian officials, Rocca addressed the ways in which the IFRC could increase support to the SARC.
The IFRC, according to its website, is the main provider of humanitarian assistance to Syria, with more than 7,800 active volunteers working with other organizations to distribute aid to over 5 million people per month.