To help victims of the Syrian civil war, JWW has partnered with Save the Syrian Children to deliver life saving medical aid to the hardest hit areas of the conflict, where most larger aid organizations cannot go.
These large organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and the Red Crescent have been rendered ineffective at delivering widespread aid throughout Syria because to officially operate inside Syria, they need permission from the regime, and Assad is preventing aid from reaching areas he is proactively bombing.
One way around this devastating catch-22 is Humanitarian Guerilla Warfare.
This humanitarian guerilla warfare involves a bold plan to take life-saving medical supplies straight into the heart of the conflict where they are needed most. These are basic supplies that will allow doctors to stop children from hemorrhaging when they are targeted by bombs, giving them a chance to survive and escape the war. Here is the process, as described by Save the Syrian Children:
First, we built a network of doctors operating on the ground in hospitals in the Idlib and Aleppo provinces in Syria.
They compile a list of supplies most needed to minimize civilian casualties from cluster and bunker bombs, the government’s bombs of choice in civilian areas.
Then, we source these supplies either factory direct or from excess inventory from hospitals and medical companies.
We ship the containers to the Port of Mersin in Turkey. We truck the supplies across Turkey and cross the border into the Idlib area, controlled by the Free Syrian Army.
Supplies are delivered to medical warehouses then distributed to 28 hospitals in the Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
Due to our size and direct connection with doctors already in Idlib and Aleppo, we have more latitude to help inside the conflict zone in ways that larger humanitarian organizations can’t.
The map below shows the route the shipment makes from the port of Mersin, Turkey to Idlib, Syria:
To date, eight shipments of urgently needed medical aid, including tourniquets, hemorrhage bandages, and surgical blades, have been successfully delivered.
JWW is currently funding a full container shipment to Syria and will continue to support the organization on these urgent relief efforts.
The video below shows how the medical supply shipment travels from the port of Mersin in Turkey to a warehouse in Idlib, Syria:
The video below depicts the shipment’s journey from warehouse to hospital: