Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Provide humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees
Since civil war in Syria began, more than 1.5 million people have fled the country. That number is expected to rise, which means that the U.S. should step up its financial support to receiving countries. Refugees will need food, shelter, medical care and schooling. The United States is in a position to help, and that is what it should do.
Millions of people both in Syria and in host nations are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Antonio Guteres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told BBC that refugee camps were currently receiving 7,000 new arrivals daily. According to the organization’s report, Lebanon hosts 511,418 people, Jordan claims almost 500,000, Turkey has 376,640, Iraq boasts 155,139, Egypt is home to 77,169, and North Africa claims a significant 11,455. Mr. Guteres added, “Funding Syria’s humanitarian needs is a matter not only of generosity but enlightened self-interest”. Lebanon and Jordan are asking for almost $900 million to cover the financial costs of hosting refugees.
The United Nations is expecting the number of refugees to rise to 3.2 million by the end of the year, and it appealed to governments for $5.2 billion to help them. This is the largest appeal in the U.N. history. These numbers represent not just statistics, but people who are hurting, who do not have a roof over their heads or adequate nourishment and a chance to send their children to school. By the end of 2013 more than 10 million people and four million children within Syria will be dependent on aid. This because they will be forced to leave their homes.
Our government is urged to contribute to these suffering people immediately and generously. This job cannot be left solely to private donors. Aid workers say that even if the war were to stop tomorrow, Syrians would need years to recover. Sign below if you want the U.S. government to help refugees.
Dear Mr. Obama,
Since civil war in Syria began, more than 1.5 million people have fled to neighboring countries. Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and North Africa are currently accepting refugees, but these countries need sustaining resources from the international community to provide for them. The U.S. has to get involved and give generously to suffering Syrians.
The United Nations is urging us to help displaced people. The organization estimates that by the end of the year there will be 3.2 million refugees, which would cost $5.2 billion. Private donors cannot fully satisfy this request. Our government has moral and practical reasons to reduce suffering, provide food, shelter, medical care and schooling to refugees. This crisis cannot be allowed to get out of control. Aid workers say that even if the war were to stop tomorrow, Syria and its people would need years to recover. Please adequately support Syrian families in need. Send funds to the hosting countries and prevent destabilization in the region.
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