Middle East

Ashi to head National Coalition’s aid arm

BEIRUT: Asaad Ashi, a former financial analyst with expertise in Damascus and Aleppo-based relief activities, has been appointed to head the opposition-in-exile National Coalition’s aid agency, the Assistance Coordination Unit. 

Pro-opposition websites said Ashi, 36, was active in the Local Coordination Committees network of anti-government activists when Syria’s uprising began in 2011, before taking on assignments such as helping to lead relief efforts in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, and re-organizing the structure of local government bodies in rebel-held Aleppo. 

Ashi was appointed to succeed Osama Kadi, who resigned earlier this week after six months on the job. 

The ACU’s track record on providing humanitarian relief has been subjected to periodic criticism by anti-regime activists, as it has tried to become more transparent in its work.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 26, 2014, on page 8.




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