An Appeal for Relief

Report by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria

(Also an Appeal)

Relief work as one of the modes of activism of the Syrian revolution

The impact of the barbaric violent acts of the Syrian regime went beyond murder, detaintion and torture; it is now causing daily suffering for Syrians on all fronts.

Entire cities, have suffered assaults to the point where afflicted areas have become disaster zones due to the continuous shelling, the displacement of people, the siege, the sparcity of heating substances and basic food supplies, as well as the complete destruction of life and livelihood support infrastructures  including homes, shops and facilities. Meanwhile, thousands of families have lost their breadwinners because of the martyrdom or detention of their men or because of their forcible flight, thus losing their jobs and sources of income.

Under these circumstances,  the deterioration of living conditions of Syrians demands quick action by the various revolutionary, political and popular forces to ease the suffering of those families as much as possible and within all means.

The Local Coordination Committees are working alongside other revolutionary forces on sending basic food supplies to families in need across Syria (i.e., Rice, Sugar, Oil, Ghee and Lentiles…). Other necessary items such as blankets and clothing are sent to crisis afflicted areas where people have been displaced from their homes by shelling and destruction.

Malath Aumran, one of the coordinators in the aid committee of the LCC, says that help is being coordinated with field activists who provide lists of those in need and update them regularly. Help from Syrians inside and abroad comes in the form of monetary donations as well as basic supplies.

The increased number of army defectors is making the demand significantly higher, as those defectors have left behind families in need of support, nothwithstanding that that the defectors themselves are living under very harsh conditions.

Aumran adds that the main difficulty in aid work has in the prolonged the crisis of several months, increasing number of martyrs, detainees, defectors and those in hideout. This is on top of the deterioration economical conditions for the country in general.

For example, there is a real lack of heating fuel and gas, continuous electricity blackout in many areas in the country, and a sharp increase in the prices of these basic materials.

A propane tank used to be sold at 275 Syrian pounds, now it is sold at 600-800 pounds, if it could be found at all. Fuel price went up to 25 pounds per liter, where the official price is 15 pounds per liter.

A candle, which is indispensible in case of electricity blackout, used to be sold at 2 Syrian pounds. Now it can only be found at 10-15 pounds.

Prices of basic food materials rose significantly also: Corn cooking-oil (4 KG package) used to be sold for 350 pounds; it is now sold for 475. Sugar price increased from 45 to 60 Syrian pounds.

Prices change from one location to another according to the security condition of that area. The prices of many of these substances are sometimes doubled in crisis zones for the complexity of delivering materials and food.

Imad Houssari, the secretary of the Association for Supporting the Syrian People (ASPS) which has been recently established in Paris, says: Although it is easy to get donations outside Syria since a legal entity has been established to carry out such operations, the process of delivering these donations to Syria faces many obstacles, and asking for donations inside Syria has many security risks. Field activists are doing unbelievable work to get donations to those in need, and this is an action that is as dangerous as demonstrating.

One of the other obstacles facing activists is delivering aid supplies. This is because of the spread of numerous army and security checkpoints everywhere, and due to the banning of aid organizations (official or not like the Red Cross or the Syrian Red Crescent) from working on this issue. There is also a problem in communicating with crisis zones for needs assessment of these areas because of the continuous blackouts of communication in all their shapes and forms.

Malath Aumran says that the sum of these circumstances makes donations and distribution incomplete and far from being perfect, which means that there is a real need to continuous work on this matter.

Imad Houssari says that the volume of donations should be increased inside and outside Syria. He also adds: “This is the least we could do as Syrian expats, especially with the continuous deterioration of the economy in Syria and the declining value of the Syrian Pound, which is reflecting directly on people, especially in crisis zones and areas under siege”.

Houssari finishes by inviting Syrians who are still distancing themselves from the revolution to join directly or indirectly, or by supporting aid work in its different shapes and forms.

For more information please call Mr.Aumran

+1-202-384-9484

Or Mr. Houssari

+33 6 64 80 71 19

تقرير اعلامي صادر عن لجان التنسيق المحلية

العمل الإغاثي كأحد أوجه نشاطات الثورة السوري

تجاوزت آثار أعمال العنف الهمجية للنظام القتل والاعتقال والتعذيب، لتصل إلى المعاناة اليومية للسوريين على الأصعدة المختلفة. فتعرضت مدن بأكملها للتنكيل حتى باتت مناطق منكوبة بفعل القصف وتشريد الأهالي والحصار وانقطاع مواد التدفئة ومواد التغذية الأساسية، وتدمير البنى التحتية للحياة من بيوت ومتاجر وتجهيزات. . فيما أصبحت آلاف العائلات بلا معيل بسبب استشهاد أو اعتقال الرجال والشبان المعيلين لها أو اضطرارهم للتواري وبالتالي فقدانهم لأعمالهم ومصادر رزقهم.

وقد استدعى تدهور الأوضاع المعيشية للسوريين في ظل هذه الظروف تحركا سريعا من مختلف القوى الثورية والسياسية والشعبية من أجل تخفيف معاناة العائلات بالقدر الممكن ووفقا للإمكانات المتاحة.

وتعمل لجان التنسيق المحلية إلى جانب قوى ثورية أخرى على إرسال المواد الغذائية الأساسية للعائلات المحتاجة في مختلف المدن والمناطق (رز، سكر، زيت، سمنة، عدس..)، بالإضافة إلى المواد الإغاثية العينية الأخرى كالبطانيات والثياب بالنسبة للمناطق المنكوبة وتلك التي تعرض أهلها للتشريد من منازلهم بفعل القصف والدمار.

ويقول ملاذ عمران، أحد منسقي لجنة الإغاثة في لجان التنسيق، بأن المساعدات تتم بالتنسيق مع النشطاء الميدانيين في كل منطقة ووفقا لقوائم يتم إعدادها من قبلهم وتحديثها بشكل مستمر. ويتابع بأن التبرعات تأتي من السوريين في الداخل والخارج على شكل مبالغ نقدية أو مساعدات عينية. وأن ازدياد أعداد المنشقين يزيد من الأعباء الإغاثية حيث أن هؤلاء الذين انشقوا عن النظام، قد تركوا وراءهم عائلات بحاجة لمن يعيلها، فضلا عن ظروفهم هم بالغة السوء.  ويضيف بأن الصعوبة الأساسية فيما يتعلق بالعمل الإغاثي، تتمثل في أن الأزمة لاتزال مستمرة منذ أشهر، وأعداد الشهداء والمعتقلين والمفقودين والمتوارين والمنشقين بازدياد، فضلا عن تدهور الظروف الاقتصادية بشكل عام في البلاد.

فعلى سبيل المثال، هناك أزمة شح مواد التدفئة كالمازوت والغاز مع استمرار انقطاع التيار الكهربائي في العديد من المناطق، مع ارتفاع جنوني في أسعارها، فمثلا ارتفع سعر جرة الغاز في حال وجودها من 275 ليرة سورية إلى ما بين 600- 800 ليرة سورية، بينما ارتفع سعر ليتر المازوت حتى 25 ليرة للتر الواحد بينما السعر الرسمي 15 ليرة سورية. بينما ارتفع سعر الشمعة التي لا غنى عنها بسبب استمرار انقطاع التيار الكهربائي، من ليرتين إلى مابين 10-15 ليرة سورية للشمعة الواحدة!

كما أن أسعار المواد الغذائية الأولية قد ارتفعت بشكل كبير، فعلى سبيل المثال، ارتفع سعر عبوة زيت الذرة 4كلغ، من 350 ليرة إلى 475 ليرة سورية. وكيلو السكر من 45 ليرة إلى 60 ليرة. علما أن الأسعار تختلف من منطقة إلى أخرى ووفقا للوضع الأمني فيها. حيث اسعار العديد من المواد وخاصة الاساسية تضاعفت في المناطق المنكوبة خاصة بسبب صعوبة وصول هذه المواد الى تلك المناطق

ويقول عماد الحصري، سكرتير جمعية دعم الشعب السوري ASPS التي تأسست حديثا في باريس، أنه رغم سهولة جمع التبرعات في الخارج بسبب توفر الغطاء القانوني فإن عملية إيصالها إلى الداخل غالبا ماتواجه عقبات عديدة، كما أن عملية جمع التبرعات في الداخل هي عملية محاطة بمخاطر أمنية كبيرة. ويضيف بأن النشطاء الميدانيين يقومون بجهد لا يوصف من أجل إيصال تلك المساعدات لمن يستحقها حيث أن هذا النشاط لا يعتبر أقل خطورة من الناحية الأمنية من التظاهر على سبيل المثال.

ومن الصعوبات الأخرى التي تواجه النشطاء في الملف الإغاثي، صعوبة إيصال المواد الإغاثية بسبب انتشار حواجز الجيش والأمن بشكل مكثف ومنع أية هيئات إغاثية رسمية أو غير رسمية من العمل على هذا الملف كالصليب الأحمر أو الهلال الأحمر السوري. فضلا عن صعوبة التواصل مع المناطق المنكوبة خاصة في بدايات الأزمة لمعرفة احتياجاتها، بسبب الانقطاع الدائم لوسائل الاتصالات بأشكالها المختلفة.

ويقول ملاذ عمران، بأن مجمل الظروف السابق ذكرها يجعل من عملية التبرع والتوزيع عملية غير مكتملة وبعيدة عن الكمال، وهو ما يعني الحاجة الماسة لمزيد من الجهد في العمل على هذا الملف بشكل دائم.

بينا يؤكد السيد عماد الحصري على ضرورة تكثيف عملية التبرع في الداخل والخارج ويضيف “ذلك أقل ما يمكن أن نفعله كسوريين في المنفى والمهجر، خاصة مع استمرار تدهور الأوضاع الاقتصادية في البلاد وانخفاض القيمة الشرائية لليرة السورية ما سينعكس بشكل مباشر على المواطنين بشكل خاص في المناطق المنكوبة والمحاصرة”. ويختم الحصري بدعوة السوريين الذين لا يزالون على مسافة من الثورة للانضمام إليها إما بشكل مباشر أو عبر الأعمال الإغاثية بأشكالها المختلفة.

لمزيد من المعلومات الإتصال بالسيد عماد الحصري

i+33664807119

او السيد ملاذ عمران

i+1202-384-9484

A message from OFF THE WALL

Dear 7ee6anis and Friends,

It is not  secret that 7ee6an’s owner is more than sympathetic with the Syrian Revolution and that I am not neutral, nor do i pretend that this blog espouses neutrality regarding the criminal regime of Syria. I have friends who have become very active in the Local Coordination Committees, both inside and outside Syria, and we have discussed various issues regarding how can I and those willing in the 7ee6ani community help. We also discussed the fact that facebook, where much of the activities are reported is  a very crowded place for sustained releife initiatives. I have offered 7ee6an as a place to assist. An I trust my friends very much.

The situation in Syria is dire one. The regime has resorted to all-out barbaric warfare on the humanity of the Syrian people. Notwithstanding the murder of the singer, the photographer, and now the Doctor of the revolution, the regime is besieging areas opposing to its criminality and in addition to its wanton destruction of lives and livelihood, has been actively pursuing any humanitarian releif  efforts with arrests, murder, and a campaign of intimidation. Very soon, I will provide contact to the   Association for Supporting the Syrian People (ASPS), which has been recently established in Paris under the very strict French Law governing societies that deal with financial issues, to collect relief donations.  The society will coordinate the distribution of resources in full cooperation with the Local Coordination Committees, who will be responsible for the distribution of relief to affected areas. It will be able to collect donations worldwide and will accept direct deposits and wire transfers.  I have recently established contact with some of its leading activists, and I believe and trust them.

Off course, if you are like me, already donating through your own local groups, please continue to do so, but I would like to ask you to kindly urge your local team to communicated either with Mr. Houssari or Mr. Aumran. in order to insure coordination of relief efforts and to improve the efficiency of collection and distribution to the most needy areas.

Posted on December 11, 2011, in Syria. Bookmark the permalink. 265 Comments.

  1. OTW,

    The best article I’ve seen in a long time:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/missing-bush_613588.html

    Cheers!😉

  2. Akbar
    LOL, We better watch out, those Syrians are already interfering in our elections…

    Damn, few guys just neutralized half of AFLCIO’s contributions to my guy….. and they ain’t even mericans.

    BTW, is you Virus scanner still screaming about 7ee6an?

  3. OTW,

    I’m using my work computer. Anytime I click on your website (and QN’s), I get a big message saying an attack has been thwarted (showing the name “framer”). All my other favorites do not show this message. FYI…

  4. Thanks AP, this is very helpful. It may be the theme then (I am now using the same theme as QN). It could be linking to a site that has some problem. Themes have layers and layers of links. I hate to change it again since most people liked it. Or it could be a real virus that has a name similar to one of the code snippets used in the theme. Let’s wait for the SON OF DAMASCUS input on this, if possible.

    Did you do a scan your computer to see if there is something already in your temporary cache files folder?

  5. About 100 FSA sldiers were martyrd in Jabal Zawiya.

    Damn the SNC and stupid Ghalioun. ABOUD, don’t you thinks its HIGH TIME the SNC stopped f-ing around and announced its FULL SUPPORT for the armed resistance and the FSA ?

  6. Jabal Zawoya is facing very tough times…..feel so angry..

    Really feel sad…..the chldren are sooo cute. Its really lobely how involved children are with the uprising, so far this hasn;t happend in any of the other Arab uprisings, not in Ehypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, all have been primarly led by adults, only in Syria are children so involved.

  7. Son of Damascus

    OTW,

    I wanted to chime in earlier, but decided to dig first.

    It is most likely theme based. I could not see what version of WordPress you are running from the websites source code, upgrade to the latest version 3.3. Themes don’t get upgraded (or rewritten over) when you upgrade, so that leaves the blog with a backdoor. What Theme are you using?

    You can run an exploit scanner in your plugins folder, you can download the scanner from WordPress.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exploit-scanner/

    I don’t have admin access to really pick through the website, however if you are not scared of computers and codes I will link a website that will help you find the root cause, and close shut any backdoors.

    http://ocaoimh.ie/2008/06/08/did-your-wordpress-site-get-hacked/

    All,

    If the blog is compromised and you are worried about your anonymity don’t fret. I ran a virus scan on ALL links to this blog so far, no malicious code or trojans found (Used Sophos AV and Norton AV), the only place you as a commentator is at risk is through your email account. Change the password immediately and you can rest assure that your anonymity is safe.

    Hope that helps.

  8. Son of Damascus

    OTW,

    I saw that the theme you are running is connections by VanillaMist, I highly recommend changing it, last update was april 2005 which means it was written for WordPress version 2.3. Which was most vulnerable to hacks.

    Changing the theme should in theory be enough to eliminate the threat. I would send QN admin a note regrading this as well if you know the admin.

  9. OTW,

    I have no problem with 7ee6an. I’m using Avast free AV.

  10. Thanks you very much Son OF Damascus
    I also did some check. There was a problem a year ago with AVG virus software, and it has gone crazy. Initially, the developers claimed that it is a famous frame virus (usually associated with IFRAME html tag) but later agreed that it was a false positive when one uses IE as a browser. If both complaints are associated with IE and AVG, then the theme would be OK for now.

    Unfortunately, I do not even have access to the gut of the server since I a running on the word press.com server (only access to css and not to php) or additional plugins. This is why I have am stuck with the theme customization. This theme was selected primarily because it has comment number and when most liked it, it was kept. I will revert back to the original theme very soon.

    All images on the site are stored locally except for the avatars. I usually do not link to an image in the main post. But others may do. I will inform wordpress as well as the admin of QN site (i think AP may have already done that).

    During Christmas holiday i will initiate the process of moving to a location where we can use a much more customization theme, with some bells and whistles and hope that we will have more to say.

    Dear 7ee6anis, I will look for more recent themes.

  11. Khalid we should be patient inshallah. It depressed me too,

  12. Sheila, Hamster, Aboud, OTW, Haytham, thank you so much for answering the spirit of my long-winded questions about True Believers.

    Sheila, I gave backgrounders on myself to SC back in March/April/May. I’ll sum up:

    I am Canadian, 53, single, bilingual English-French, born and raised in British Columbia, now living 2 miles from the USA border south of Vancouver. I use my full legal name in all my online writing — but am happy to respond to Bill. My heritage is Norwegian, Norwegian, Irish, English, Belgian, Dutch, German and I come from a Mennonite/Baptist/Anglican milieu (although I escaped religious education completely).

    My politics are ‘centrist.’ I am an opponent of the Harper government’s autocratic habits — especially in foreign policy. Of all the leaders Canada has had nationally, I am closest to Trudeau’s national ideals and the values exemplified in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In religious matters, I keep out of most discussions, but will defend my atheism if challenged or proselytized. I am only irked by religious rhetoric when it edges into practical madness or oppression (as with BC’s Bountiful Mormon polygamist cult). Every time a ‘minority’ member climbs the Canadian totem pole, I exult and feel a version of “National Pride.” My favourite politician on earth is the Montreal MP Laurin Liu, a twenty year-old trilingual university student catapulted into the House of Commons last May. If I was forced at gunpoint to choose a province to inhabit, it would be Quebec, the heart of Canada in all its squabbling irrational wonder, culture and pride.

    I treasure each step Canada has taken to live up to its modern ideals. It gives me personal pride that my country has opened its doors and hearts to the world itself, to its refugees (like our former Governor-General Michaelle Jean), to its hurting and desperate.

    I fear and respect the great military and cultural power of the United States, but consider that the gap between its ideals and reality is wider than in Canada.

    I have few historical illusions: my country has five hundred years of history marked by violent subjugation, imperial warfare, colonial contortions, grave communal splits, racial discrimination, and social injustices. We still confront injustice daily, exemplified by a continuing poverty and hopelessness among our ‘first nations’ indigenous communities. All I can say about this is that we try. I try. We deal with the plate left to us by history.

    My personal interests are first and foremost psychological, not political (though the political can be said to be personal/psychological). If you have a glance at this page, I list my interests** and life-activities on a friendly ‘Objective-ist’ site.

    Syria captured my interest years ago, initially because of the unique Alawi minority. In the present tide of revolution in MENA, my eyes were drawn to the fearsome complexity of the situation in Syria and the stakes in larger geo-political terms.

    Syria is important, very important to my eyes, easily as important as Egypt, and I have discovered that “Syria” means different things to different people — from the Greater Syria of insane fascist SNP remnants to the truncated, hobbled and obedient Syria that lives in the tiny minds of American warmongers …

    After the events in Dera’a, I was drawn deeper into the Syrian mystery, and the depth of my interest has since only increased, sharpened — and become more emotionally rooted.

    Of all the nations and lands in the area, I now only wish to visit Syria. It is an exquisitely beautiful land, as humanly ancient as any place on earth, scarred, glorious, poor, rich, hot and cold/dry and wet, cultured, ignorant, peaceable –and at times quite mad with rage.

    It is a hearth of humanity and so very precious, all of it, every minority, every rite, every person who hopes for a future unconstrained by oppression.

    I was most struck by images of great powers and civilizations that have come and gone: the ‘dead cities,’ the forts and ruins, the traces of a tempestuous history at a constant crossroads. I am humbled by the intellectual and moral integrity shown by fifty years of opposition to totalitarianism in this gorgeous land. I salute all those who have fallen for the ideal of freedom that Canadians now take as an unremarkable birthright (I hope I am not a Canucki chauvinist — my country has its share of extreme ignorance, bigotry, brutality, criminality and social exclusion. We are by no means a sole beacon of the good, just an experiment in the good, nothing more).

    Hamster: you are GREAT! I am humbled before your humour and empathy, and the wisdom of your approach. With savage, incisive humour, you slice through hypocrisy and cause anguish among True Believers and the happily-deluded.

    Aboud, I feel such a kinship to you it surprises me. You are like a smarter, braver, more honest cousin from Homs, and one of the folks on which I will happily squander my visit to New Syria.

    OTW, you have my deepest respect for the gravity and seriousness you bring to Syrian issues. This place is, as I said, an Antidote. You encourage greatness of mind, openness of spirit, and attachment to free inquiry, reality, reason and sober judgement. I will return to your themes in your reply above. Thank you.

    Haytham, I would be happy and grateful to meet with you. Your struggle is remarkable. It shows me what one individual can do — his or her utmost.

    Those are names I respond to because they addressed me directly here. I have no skin in the game, only my heart, no relatives in Syria but crypto-cousin Aboud. For the others unnamed, you have my respect and admiration in proportion to your humanity. Needless to say (but I will say it), Khaled Tlass’s viciousness and religious mania appalls and frightens me when it erupts.

    Thanks for the information on some of the SC regulars. I will try not to name them here again, but rather take issue with them in their regular haunts. I do believe it is signal that JAD does not post here. I think this place is beyond his comprehension at the moment. Ann seems a mask with a mouthpiece and nothing much else. Mina is a Maoist …

    I fear for the crash in Syria. So much will crash to the ground, but the primary and most devastating fall will be, I think, Illusion. This will be the most difficult destruction to deal with: if what you once believed as Truth is revealed as a fictional pastiche, what then?
    ____

    ** in case the profile is blocked:

    Fringe beliefs, pseudoscience, pseudophilosophy, fringe psychology, moral panics, cognitive neuroscience, Dusty Springfield, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, satanic ritual abuse/recovered memory therapy controversy, True Believers, cult dynamics, urban planning, 80s music, urban transportation, Grand Guignol, snarkiness

  13. Majed Khaldoun

    Syrian Hamster
    Please understand my position, I believe in freedom, and your religion is your own concern, my relation with other ,should not be effected by what religion they believe in, In Quraan God will judge us we have no right to punish anyone if his religion is different from us,it is because I believe Islam according to Quraan respect freedom that I defend Islam,my problem with Ulamaa is that they make several fatwas that other disagree with them, and a lot of their fatwas are due to their misunderstanding of Quraan or Hadith,.there are several examples.
    Those who disagree with me and consider me kafer they are violating Islam who respect freedom,,certainly I disagree with Khaled,no one should be treated wrong,or punished or his rights need to be violated based on his religion,
    Kafer to me ,must not be an insult,it just mean not believer in my religion,and only God judge us

  14. SYRIAN HAMSTER

    Dear Majed
    I am sorry if the wart example may have given you the impression that I was upset with your position. Quit the contrary. I totally understand your position. The scene from Monty Python I posted was aimed at making fun of the ignorant who kept putting word in your mouth and taking your simple argument out of context to justify their hysteria and phobias.

    Off course i expect you to defend Islam and I do in fact consider your position, the simple, yet elegant way of looking at text to be a good way, and a lesson to me as well. Which was clear in my post here. I have nothing but respect for you.

    I did not continue the argument because it is futile to discuss anything with these bozos. I know, i know, we are all Syrians, and we should try to understand each others. But what’s to understand. One could have given them the benefit of the doubt nine months ago, but to tolerate a regime servant at this point in time is both unethical and a waste of time.

  15. Haytham Khoury

    Dear Jarthouma:

    Thank you for the explanation.

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