More than 11 million people have been displaced in the Syrian Refugee Crisis.Adelphi’s International Student Society will be collecting donations in the University Center Lobby October 13-16 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
All proceeds will be going to the UN Refugee Agency. We ask that you please consider offering a donation to help our friends across the sea.
Because many are unfamiliar with this humanitarian crisis, a brief summary of the facts is provided for you:
When did the crisis start?
The crisis began in March of 2011 with peaceful anti-government demonstrations as a part of the Arab Spring. The protests escalated after violent crackdowns by the Syrian government and the formation of the Free Syrian Army rose to join the opposition.
What is happening to Syrians caught in the war?
The civil war has resulted in a death toll of more than 220,000 people of which half are believed to be civilians. Bombings are destroying cities and basic necessities such as food, water, and medical supplies are becoming increasingly scarce.
Where are they fleeing to?
Refugees have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey and in more recent times have been attempting a dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to Greece, searching for a better future in Europe. Families walk for miles in the night to avoid being killed by snipers or caught by soldiers looking to impress young men into service to fight for the regime.
How many refugees are there?
Four million Syrians have registered or are awaiting registration with the United Nations High Commission of Refugees, and more than half of all refugees are children under the age of 18.
Is there enough assistance to reach everyone?
The United Nations anticipates that $8.4 billion is necessary to meet the needs of Syrians affected by the crisis both inside and outside of Syria, which is an increase from last year’s projection of $6.5 billion. The previous appeal was funded less than 50 percent.
It is clear that the Syrians are in dire straits and need as much help as we can offer. International Students Society will be collecting donations in the University Center Lobby the week of October 13-16 from 12 noon to 2:00pm. All proceeds will be going to UN Refugee Agency. We ask that you please consider offering a donation to help our friends across the sea.
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