Target: President Bashar al-Assad
Goal: Stop obstructing life-saving aid from reaching refugees in Syria
In the months following the movement of Syrian citizens exiting the country, the Syrian government has deliberately obstructed aid by refusing donors passage into towns and not letting citizens leave of their own free will. While donations have flooded in since opposition forces opened fire on civilians, the donations sometimes don’t make it to refugees because of the government. The United Nations have asked for Syria, neighboring countries, and other parties to keep the peace and give unhindered aid to those who needed it. However, if Syria does not cooperate, those who are suffering may not receive aid in time.
Syria has implemented a trickle of measures since the United Nations made this announcement, such as granting visas for humanitarian workers, but the country is still not allowing passage into besieged towns, where aid is needed the most. The authorities have permitted aid to flow in from Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan, but have denied passage from Turkey. This leaves those who are living in northern Syria without aid. If aid from Turkey is to be received, the deliverers must make circuitous journeys, quadrupling the travel time and passing dozens of check points.
Because of the government denying passage into the besieged towns, 288,000 citizens are suffering and are not allowed to leave town. Several people have already died from malnutrition and lack of medical care, deaths that could have been prevented if the government were to allow unhindered passage of deliveries.
You can help these citizens by demanding the president of Syria allow aid to flow through all towns and cities unhindered. These citizens shouldn’t be suffering at the hands of their government. There are many willing countries and organizations who wish to help Syrian citizens, and the government shouldn’t deny the dying their right to medical care and food.
Dear President Bashar al-Assad,
There are 288,000 Syrian citizens who are without food, water, and adequate medical care. Their suffering could be remedied if your country allowed passage of aid into their besieged towns, but that has been denied to them. Several of these citizens have died from malnutrition and injuries; both are not pleasant ways to die and could have been prevented.
There are many organizations and countries who are willing to help your citizens. I understand that your country is at war, but there are also people who are willing to risk their lives to help civilians. I ask that you allow them passage into areas that need aid, as these citizens have a right to food, water and medical care.
[Your Name Here]
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