Kurdish Red Crescent

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Kurdish Red Crescent
TypeNonprofit organization
Legal statusFoundation
Region served
Democratic Federation of Northern Syria[1]

The Kurdish Red Crescent (Kurdish: Heyva Sor a Kurd‎) is a humanitarian nonprofit organization with centers in Germany and Kobane[2] in the de facto autonomous region of Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. It is the primary provider of medical care and aid for refugees who have fled from attacks by ISIL and the Syrian government.[3] It is also involved in the reconstruction of Kobane, which was largely destroyed after months of fighting with ISIL.


There are five main projects of Heyva Sor: Children's Project, Health Project, Emergency Aid Project, Prisoner Solidarity Project and the Project for Cooperation with Like-Minded Aid Organizations.


The Kurdish Red Crescent has called for international medical and humanitarian aid, as well as for medical personnel to return to Kobane to help[4] as there is no clean water or sewage treatment due to damage during the Siege of Kobane.


There are fundraising branches in several European countries: including Germany and Sweden where the society was founded in 1993, and the UK where the organization is registered as a charity.[5]


The Kurdish Red Crescent is not currently a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross or part of the International Federation.[6] In 2010 the Supervisory and Service Directorate of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany ruled that the Kurdish Red Crescent could not use the Red Crescent or the Red Cross symbols because only states are authorized to do so.[7]

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  1. ^ "Kurdish Red Crescent delivers medical aid to Sinjar". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Jack Shahine". Twitter. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. ^ "NGOs assist Yezidi refugees in Syria". ARA News - YouTube Channel. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  4. ^ "SYRIA AND IRAQ NEWS". Peter Clifford Online. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Heyva Sor". JustGiving. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ Safi, Michael (10 November 2019). "Kurdish medics injured in apparent attack on ambulance in Syria". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ "Public statement on the Supervisory and Service Directorate Decision in the State of Rheinland-Pfalz of Germany". Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê. Retrieved 21 May 2016.

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