Long-time Project Leader Volker Rath becomes new Chairman of the Board of the Relief Organisation based in Cologne
Last weekend, the annual general assembly of the non-profit organisation Cap Anamur / Not-Ärzte e.V. elected a new chairman. Before, the long-time chairman, Dr. med. Ernst-Werner Strahl had stepped down for personal reasons. He had been an engaged member of the charitable organisation since 1980 and he continues to influence its humanitarian work.
Because of the resignation of Ernst-Werner Strahl the election of a new chairman became necessary. Volker Rath, long-tome project leader of Cap Anamur, was nominated and elected with absolute majority.
A native from the town of Wilhelmshaven, he has been working for the Cologne-based relief organisation for more than 18 years in various countries. Currently, he manages the relief project in Lebanon. Since 2016 Cap Anamur has been active there in the region of Sidon south of the capital Beirut, providing medical treatment in camps for Syrian refugees. He co-ordinates the missions of the mobile clinic, with which patients can be treated on site in local settlements, as well as the transport of patients from those settlements to co-operating medical facilities.
It was Volker Rath, who, shortly after the explosion in Beirut on August 4th, took medical supplies like bandages, protective masks, tetanus vaccine and anaesthetics to Beirut to help with the emergency care of the many injured there.
In the 18 years during which Volker Rath has been doing work for Cap Anamur, he co-ordinated many humanitarian projects. Initially, his first assignment in 2002 to Afghanistan was meant to last only six months. This turned into almost two decades with different missions in countries like Pakistan, Somalia, Kenia, Uganda and currently Lebanon: “A period with encounters, danger, joy, mourning, suffering and humanity”, as Rath describes his past missions.
This September, after a brief stay in Germany, he will return to Lebanon to continue his work. “Because the increasingly severe political situation in Lebanon makes the mission of Cap Anamur there ever more import, particularly for people at the bottom of society who are currently in despair”, said the new chairman of the Cologne relief organisation.