UFS Co-Hosts STAND #Syriasly Campaign: Call the State Department on March 15th

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On Friday, March 15, 2013, organizations come together to mark two years since the beginning of the Assad regime’s crackdown by turning awareness into action. STAND, United for a Free Syria, the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and the Syrian Expatriates Organization urge others to join them as they contact the State Department, thanking Secretary Kerry for his recent announcement of increased US aid to the Syrian Opposition Council and calling for increased support for Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.

Two years ago, on March 15, 2011, peaceful demonstrations began all across Syria. What followed was a humanitarian disaster. The numbers speak for themselves: 70,000 dead, millions displaced both inside and outside of Syria, with 40,000 more fleeing the country each week.

Now, on Friday, March 15, 2013, organizations come together to mark two years since the beginning of the Assad regime’s crackdown by turning awareness into action. STAND, United for a Free Syria, the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and the Syrian Expatriates Organization urge others to join them as they contact the State Department.

THE ACTION

On Friday, March 15, call 202-647-4000 to be connected to the State Department comment line.

#Syriasly organizers announce, "Together, let’s make some noise. Because #Syriasly...after 2 million displaced, 70,000 dead, 2 years, and 0 solutions, we can’t possibly remain silent."

THE MESSAGE:

"I'm calling to thank Secretary Kerry for his recent announcement of increased US aid to the Syrian Opposition Council and Syrian civil society. The Syrian Opposition Council, as the sole representative body of the Syrian people, is the most appropriate entity to receive and deliver aid. I would also like to remind the Secretary that the refugee situation in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan is becoming increasingly urgent, as exemplified by conditions in places like the Zaatari Refugee camp. There are now over one million refugees registered with the United Nations, and most of the international aid pledged to these countries has yet to be delivered. Please increase US bilateral assistance to NGOs working with refugees in all of Syria’s neighboring countries, including assistance for urban refugees in Lebanon. Please also pressure our allies to immediately deliver the full amount of aid that was promised at the Kuwait conference in January. Thank you."

See #Syriasly for more information and to sign up for rapid response email alerts.

Secretary Kerry recently announced that the United States will provide $60 million in aid to the Syrian Opposition Council to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria, restore basic civic services, and lay the groundwork for a peaceful political transition. The humanitarian crisis brought on by the Assad regime’s atrocities is not confined to Syria alone. In Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, refugees face dire conditions, and these countries’ governments do not have the resources that they need in order to alleviate these conditions while continuing to absorb ever-larger inflows.The humanitarian crisis increases the likelihood of the conflict spilling across Syria’s borders, with potentially dire consequences for civilian protection.

Read more: Kerry Announces Direct US Aid to Syrian Rebels [The Hill __title__ ]

As reported by BBC, donor nations recently pledged $1 billion in aid to Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, but only a small fraction of it has been delivered. Meanwhile, the UN predicts that the number of refugees could triple to 3 million by the end of this year.

United for a Free Syria is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting freedom, dignity, and democracy for the Syrian People. Media inquiries are welcome. Updated news and information can also be found at http://www.UnitedFreeSyria.org.

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