Syrian Expatriates Organization Thanks Sen. Bob Casey for Leadership on Syria

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SEO thanks Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) for introducing legislation to authorize U.S. humanitarian assistance for Syrian civilians and strengthen U.S. support for a transition in Syria to a democratic government.

SEO expresses the utmost appreciation to Sen. Casey for introducing the Syria Humanitarian and Democratic Transition Act which would establish a Special Envoy for Syria, help secure non-conventional weapons stockpiles in Syria, increase U.S. assistance to victims of the Syrian conflict, and support a political transition and the establishment of an inclusive, democratic government of Syria. “The international community must provide humanitarian support to the people of Syria as they face unspeakable acts of violence by their government,” said Senator Casey. “My legislation will strengthen U.S. efforts to provide relief to the Syrian people and to refugees who have left the country.”

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According to Reuters, “the recent escalation of fighting in Syria has increased the number of people who need aid. There are currently over 2 million people in Syria in need of humanitarian assistance, up from over 1 million a month ago,” said European Union's humanitarian affairs commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva. Moreover, according to reports by FAO and WEP, more than 3 million Syrians will need food aid in the coming year as the conflict has impacted the harvest.
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Dr Iyad Azrak, SEO Chairman, said, “the humanitarian situation has grown even more dire as the highly populated cities of Aleppo and Damascus are now besieged by Assad military forces. Unfortunately, with the Assad regime’s insistence on escalation, we are expecting the humanitarian situation to deteriorate, and the relief needs to heighten. We appreciate every effort taken by the international community directed toward the alleviation of suffering of our people, and would like to thank Senator Casey for his leading role in introducing the Syria Humanitarian and Democratic Transition Act. ”

The Syrian Expatriates Organization is a leading nonprofit organization of Syrian Americans and Syrian Canadians that reflects the diversity and talent of the Syrian nation. Its mission is to support the establishment of a free and democratic Syria. In addition, the SEO provides humanitarian relief to those in need and works to promote the social, political and economic development of Syria.

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