Ham, Hardesh lead Mercy Malaysia media team to Lebanon

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| Jasrinder Kaur Malaysia | 19 Jan 2016 | Asia Samachar |

Against snow-capped mountains, Hardesh Singh (left) and Harmandar Singh aka Ham leading MERCY Malaysia's embedded media team in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
Against snow-capped mountains, Hardesh Singh (left) and Harmandar Singh aka Ham leading MERCY Malaysia’s embedded media team in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Against snow-capped mountains, two Sikhs lead Mercy Malaysia’s embedded media team as the Kuala Lumpur-based volunteer relief organisation went to Lebanon to help the Syrian refugees.

Harmandar Singh and Hardesh Singh arrived in Beirut on 13 Jan and made their way to the Bekaa Valley the next day.

In this trip, Mercy Malaysia is distributing food parcels, blankets, fuel, heaters, medicines and clinic supplies.

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“We are about a mile from the Syrian border,” he tells Asia Samachar in a text message.

Over 1.2 million Syrian refugees have travelled to Lebanon, half of them children.

Mercy Malaysia is visiting five camps, located only a few miles from the Syrian border, over the next few days to help about 500 families.

The Syrian crisis which began in 2011 had protracted into its fifth year and the number of affected population has increased rapidly.

This is not the first such trip for the duo. In May 2015, they were part of Mercy Malaysia’s media team to cover the humanitarian aid and response operations in Nepal following the devastating earthquake in April.

Harmandar, a publisher and a marketing communications expert, is also popularly known as Ham.

 

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