Hand in Hand for Syria hospital staff member poses with cornucopia of armaments – complaint to Charity Commission

Update, 18 May 2016: the majority of the images referenced below have been removed from Iessa Obied’s Facebook account

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Your ref: C-422596-R6Y5

Dear Mrs Edwards

Thank you for your response of 5 February 2016 to my complaint about the registered charity Hand in Hand for Syria.

You state that the Commission is not satisfied that there is “sufficient verifiable evidence” to substantiate my concerns that Hand in Hand for Syria is “celebrating or supporting violence”.

I wish to draw your attention to photographs published on the Facebook account of Iessa Obied. Mr Obied works at Atareb Hospital, Aleppo, described by Hand in Hand for Syria as its “flagship medical facility”. Mr Obied is the brother of Abdulrahman Obied, who has described himself as Atareb Hospital’s Medical Director. [1]

Images 1 – 10 below show Iessa Obied posing with a cornucopia of armaments. Images 11 – 17 show him wearing a Hand in Hand for Syria tunic. Images 10 and 18 – 19 celebrate “martyrs” from the armed opposition in Syria. All the images below are viewable on Mr Obied’s Facebook account at the time of writing. I have provided links both to the original Facebook posts and to screengrabs of each post.


1) http://on.fb.me/1TRtXQJ http://bit.ly/1Rp9iwC


2) http://on.fb.me/1SWbAsL http://bit.ly/1pqQBlV


3) http://on.fb.me/1pqIOV6 http://bit.ly/1RnfknS


4) http://on.fb.me/21xC1oV http://bit.ly/1U9BBq1


5) http://on.fb.me/1RRbKwC http://bit.ly/256QsEO


6) http://on.fb.me/1MpHKG8 http://bit.ly/1U9BE53


7) http://on.fb.me/1pwE6G6 http://bit.ly/1pwK0qC


8) http://on.fb.me/1MpHJlz http://bit.ly/22pILYf


9) http://on.fb.me/1nRBRLF http://bit.ly/1twzq4R


10) http://on.fb.me/1pwEbJV http://bit.ly/1WtRswZ

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11) http://on.fb.me/1Lt7Opc http://bit.ly/1UDxMaZ


12) http://on.fb.me/1Ujp7LO http://bit.ly/1RRiZVg


13) http://on.fb.me/1Rp3e7k http://bit.ly/1RRj3Es


14) http://on.fb.me/1Rnaln3 http://bit.ly/1Rnfyv4


15) http://on.fb.me/21xCVBD http://bit.ly/1pwKjBS


16) http://on.fb.me/1Z5MGHD http://bit.ly/1pOy17E


17) http://on.fb.me/1U9zqCW http://bit.ly/1Lte8Nn


18) http://on.fb.me/1Xyc0Vi http://bit.ly/1pOy57j


19) http://on.fb.me/1pwEsws http://bit.ly/1PerI1Z

I would be grateful for your response to this material.

Yours sincerely

Robert Stuart



[1] Screengrab of Iessa Obied’s Facebook home page from March 2016 giving his place of employment as Atareb Hospital, Aleppo (click to enlarge):


The caption in this image identifies Iessa Obied’s brother as Abdulrahman Obied:


Abdulrahman Obied has described himself as Atareb Hospital’s Medical Director:


About Robert Stuart

Researching the 2013 BBC Panorama documentary Saving Syria's Children and associated BBC News reports.

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