163 British volunteers who travelled on the longest ambulance convoy to ever depart for war torn Syria, have returned home safely yesterday.
Unity Convoy, an ambitious project made possible through the combined efforts of several UK charities, has now successfully completed a major milestone. A record breaking, 85 ambulances were driven by volunteers from London to the Bulgaria-Turkey border, where they were handed over to lead charity partners Hand in Hand for Syria.
Official Unity Convoy spokesperson, Alim Shamas said “Hand in Hand for Syria have organised for the ambulances to be transported across Turkey and distributed inside Syria”.
CEO Hand in Hand for Syria, Faddy Sahloul, said: “I want to congratulate all the volunteers, Unity Convoy charity partners and the official governing authorities across Europe that have helped achieve this amazing feat. This will no doubt help save hundreds of innocent peoples’ lives inside Syria”.
Human Aid UK’s Operations Director, Jilu Miah said: “I am so proud of all our volunteers who truly made this the people’s convoy – created out of the generosity and compassion of ordinary people from the UK for the beleaguered people of Syria. It was an enduring and testing journey, but all volunteers displayed exemplary behavior throughout and worked with border authorities across Europe to help safely deliver all the aid”.
Anaya Aid’s CEO, Tahir Malik said: “I want to especially thank the BBC for their transparent coverage of the convoy leaving UK, and all of our media partners on this amazing journey”.
As volunteers returned home they were welcomed by family, friends and well-wishers as heroes, that braved the risk of being profiled by UK border authorities, in exchange for the betterment of the people of
Syria. Both Jilu Miah and Tahir Malik remained in Bulgaria for a few
days with a small group of volunteers, in order to finalise arrangements for moving the ambulances into Turkey.