Four years on, these brave Syrians still feel abandoned by the international community. These delegations illustrate that there are still Americans in government who care about them, and want to hear their stories.
Gaziantep, Turkey (PRWEB) July 01, 2015
The Syrian Emergency Task Force and United for a Free Syria facilitated, alongside the US Embassy in Ankara, a congressional delegation to the Syrian border led by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). SETF and UFS staff provided logistical support and translation assistance for the delegation which included Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).
SETF/UFS staff arranged for military, civilian, media, and political opposition leaders to meet with the delegation and discuss their vision for a future Syria, as well as the struggle against both Assad and ISIS. During their conversations, the activists and leaders emphasized the devastating role of the Syrian regime’s brutal aerial attacks in crippling civil life throughout liberated Syria on a daily basis, as well as the disappointingly minimal role the United States has taken in helping to curtail these atrocities.
“We can advocate in Washington until we are blue in the face,” said Executive Director Mouaz Moustafa, “but there is nothing more impactful than real Syrians – the brave young men and women who started this revolution – sitting face to face with members of congress and telling their stories. Four years on, these brave Syrians still feel abandoned by the international community. These delegations illustrate that there are still Americans in government who care about them, and want to hear their stories. We would like to thank Senator Kaine and the entire delegation for showing this interest, and making that human connection.”