Marsil, 39, is the coordinator at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent malnutrition clinic in Salamiyah.

“When we started we had nine people on the team, but due to circumstances, we went down to five. We worked harder, winter or summer we don’t stop. We managed to reach the people. Now we are back to a full team. I am proud of my colleagues and our work. It’s important, vital work. They are hard workers and take their mission seriously.

“We wish we could cover all areas and get to people quicker but it’s a small team to cover everywhere and so many cases. So we take a long time to come back.

“When people see us they sometimes are confused and think SARC are just for distributing food parcels. Going out to communities, we do a lot to educate people about SARC and the different ways we help. We are not just for food parcels. Mobile medical teams can be the first point of contact for some people for SARC. We have a very experienced and skilled team, with volunteers who worked in relief, first aid and other services. They know how to deal with people, build relationships, talk to people so they invite us into their homes. It’s very rare to get a refusal.”


The SARC malnutrition clinic in Salamiyah has both a base in the town and a mobile team of volunteers who go out to surrounding villages. The malnutrition clinic is one of six such SARC facilities, supported by the Canadian and Japanese Red Cross Societies, in response to the situation faced by displaced people and those living in hard-to-reach areas.