Volunteers on Syrian humanitarian mission return home


SEPANG: Five Association of Malaysian Educational Institutes Graduates (Haluan) volunteers, who participated in recent Warmth 4 Syria-Lebanon mission, have arrived home safely this morning.

Team leader Dr Mohtar Ibrahim said their mission was a success as the team managed to distribute humanitarian aid to 150 families of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The five volunteers; Dr Mohtar, 56, Dr Kursiah Mohd Razali, 49; Dr Siti Nor Asiah, 32; Muhammad Zulkarnain Ahmad, 26 and Raja Muhd Azman Raja Azam, 28, left for Lebanon on March 5.

"We collected donations worth more than RM89,000. We used the money to buy basic food supplies, fuel, blankets and medicines, which we channeled to the Syrian refugees in Beqaa, Baalbek and Tripoli.

"We would like to thanked Malaysians for their kind contribution," he told reporters after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The volunteers were greeted by Haluan secretary-general Mohd Sabbri Md Yudin.

Dr Mohtar said the Syrian refugees were still in dire need of basic food and medical assistance.

"Based on our observation, some of the refugees also need artificial limbs. We hope more social activists and non-governmental organisations will be able to help them." he said.