Target: Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper
Goal: Urge Canada to increase its commitment to the support of Syrian refugees.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees from unstable and unsafe countries have been fleeing across Europe in search of a stable and better life, only to be denied entry to some countries or treated with inhumanity and disrespect. Many European countries have been unwilling or reluctant to help these people because of financial or social concerns despite the insistence of the United Nations and other organizations such as Amnesty International. Outside of Europe, Canada has volunteered assistance for these people in need, but it isn’t enough to help the amount of people migrating.
Last Sunday, the Saskatoon Refugee Coalition gathered a rally to accept more refugees and give more assistance to Syrian escapees. The Canadian government has agreed to provide resettlement for 10,000 refugees over the next three years, but the UN Commissioner for Refugees requested that Canada double that number. Canada has a large abundance of rural land with plenty of room for population increase, and many other countries have been putting refugees into uncomfortable and even dangerous camps.
Tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada needs to do more to help the Syrian people and the thousands of refugees that need immediate care and support.
Dear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Several countries in the Middle East are in serious crisis and disrepair. Many of their citizens have been left with no choice but to flee to the West because of the critical situation or the threat to their lives. There are multiple different countries under the United Nations that are currently trying to help and resettle these refugees, but supplies and space are scarce. Because of this, it is extremely urgent that Canada take in as many of these families as it can in order to ensure their safety and survival.
Your commitment to resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next three years is noble and will help hundreds of families in returning to a normal life. However, there will still be countless other families left without a home or a country, and there will still be a considerable amount of acreage in your country available for population. I am asking you to double your numbers and commit to helping these victims as soon as possible, so that the world may do whatever it takes to reduce the number of casualties in the Middle East.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Margaret Beseecher