Take a stand

Welcome back to the #SpeakupforRefugees Blog!

In the previous blog posts I have constructed a historcial anaylsis on why leading nations should prioritize the concerns of Syrian refugees, however this week I am going to inform ways we can make an impact and highlight the Day of Action for Syria 04/13/2017.

In the past 6 years, over 500,000 Syrians have been killed and over 6 million displaced within Syria and throughout the world according to the UNCHR. On Thursday, April 13, a Day of Action for Syria has been enforced.

We have seen horrific images of dead Syrian babies, mothers crying, fathers begging for death after the murders of their family members and heard endless news of attacks and endless violence. Women March states, “When asked, Syrians have often said they feel alone. They feel like no one in the world cares about them or their plight for freedom, safety and security.”

Many countries continue to prohibit refugees to seek aslyum. According to UNHCR, 4.8 million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, and 6.6 million are internally displaced within Syria. Amenesty International stated “1 million refugees have requested asylum to Europe. Germany, with more than 300,000 cumulated applications.”

Your probably wondering, what can you do about it?

Together we can demand and fight for countries to allow refugees. Particularly in the United States that have let very few refugees. Attending a vigil or action near you is the first step in intervening. The Day of Action for Syria was centered on demanding that the United States allow in more refugees. Allow this not the ultimate solution to the Syrian crisis but it’s the least we can do in the interim. Below is a direct link to you  sign a petiton on allowing more refugees:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/authorize-and-resettle-syrian-refugees-us

Another way, YOU can make a difference is educating yourself and the people around you. This crisis has been going on for several years and there’s a signifant amount of people who are just unaware.

The Day of Action for Syria has given some valuable resources to eduate us about this conflict. The resources are listed below:

The Syrian Observer is a daily online news service covering Syrian political and civil society news. It is dedicated primarily to translating into English news content by Syria’s official press, opposition groups, activists and civil society.

Sarabiany Blog is the blog of a well-respected New York-based Syrian American activist aggregating news, analysis and think pieces.

Ezra Klein details the Syrian war in this 5-minute video from 2015.

Maytha Alhassen,Syrian American journalist and scholar, answers questions about the crisis in Syria in this Facebook Live video.

Last but not least, is to DONATE.

Refugees are suffering in camps across the globe and most lack the basic necessities for survival.

Below is a list of U.S.-based organizations working with Syrian refugees to consider supporting.

  • Karam Foundation develops Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributes Smart Aid to Syrian families, and funds Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.
  • The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a non-political, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.
  • Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. They have committed significant resources and staff to Syrian Humanitarian aid and services.
  • Syrian Community Network works to resettle/support Syrian refugees with basic necessities, access to language appropriate services in the Chicagoland Area.
  • Smile for Charity is an organization based in New Jersey working with Syrian refugees in need.

For more information on the Syrian conflict please review the details below.

Twitter feeds to follow: @sarabiany, @amalhanano, @mayalhassen, @karamfoundation, @observesyria @suzanneakhras

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