We are proud to be highlighting the work of humanitarian and civil society groups both outside and within Syria that are striving for a free Syria.
Medical School Graduations: The Free Aleppo University graduated the first class of 32 medical students two weeks ago. The Azaz-based university has 700 medical students and is funded partially by the Syrian American community, with the goal of being self-sustaining in the future. Next year, 96 students will graduate from the medical program. The teachers are all Syrian with a medical background, and American doctors online also provide support and teach on various medical subjects.
Branch 251 Podcast: The team behind the Branch 251 podcast, which covers the accountability trials taking place in Koblenz, Germany is crowdfunding for season two. The independent podcast seeks to connect Syrians and advocates for justice and accountability to the trials in Germany by providing updates and expert analysis in English that amplify the voices of Syrians. In season two, the team will provide the same content but in Arabic, in order to make the content even more accessible. The fundraiser is donating 10% of the money raised to Molham Team, a Syrian-led organization that provides basic necessities to Syrians in need. Recently, Molham has worked to provide wheelchairs to children with cerebral palsy.
Tarps Arrive In Rukban: With winter on the horizon in Rukban camp on the border of Jordan and Syria, the people of the camp are ill-equipped to handle the rain, snow, cold, and mud, without shelters that have been winterized. In recent years, residents have used makeshift materials to patch their tents, as institutions such as the UN and the International Committee for the Red Cross failed to provide winterization gear for three years. Thirty new tarps have arrived at the camp through an informal distribution network, and an additional shipment is forthcoming which will meet the needs of a total of 500 families.