International Committee of the Red Cross

Eastern Ghouta: Where the needs are immense and the recovery is slow

Photo gallery 17 August 2018

I have been working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the past three years. During these years, I have visited several cities across Syria. The one thing which inspires me the most, in all my travels, is meeting new people and interacting with them.

Last week, I visited people who are still living in the destruction of Eastern Ghouta. The current population of Eastern Ghouta is around 300,000 people. One thing they all share are the difficult conditions they struggle to live in.

The only source of safe drinking water comes via tanks provided by the ICRC. The tanks are refilled by other humanitarian organizations and us. The people I interacted with used to work as carpenters, plumbers and vegetable sellers. Today, the only work most of them can find is in transporting rubble.


By Ali Yousef, ICRC Syria