In the past 6 years, over 500,000 Syrians have been killed and over 6 million displaced within Syria and throughout the world. On Thursday, April 13, we call for a Day of Action for Syria.
We recently saw horrific images of dead Syrian babies, mothers crying, fathers begging for death after the murders of their family members. When asked, Syrians have often said they feel alone. They feel like no one in the world cares about them or their plight for freedom, safety and security.
Canada has welcomed 40,081 Syrian Refugees.
What can you do to help?
- Download this letter and edit with your information and send to your government officials.
- Attend a vigil or action near you. This is not the ultimate solution to the Syrian crisis but it’s the least we can do in the interim. There are millions of displaced refugees within Syria and across the globe in refugee camps and we welcome them here. We call on Women's March organizers and supporters to invite their local communities on Thursday, April 13, at 6pm local time for vigils across the country. Bring candles and signs. Share your events on social media using the hashtag #WomenForSyria
- Light a candle wherever people happen to be and sharing to a hashtag. #WomenForSyria
Educate yourself about the conflict. Here are some resources:
- The Syrian Observer is a daily online news service covering Syrian political and civil society news. It is dedicated primarily to translating into English news content by Syria’s official press, opposition groups, activists and civil society.
- Sarabiany Blog is the blog of a well-respected New York-based Syrian American activist aggregating news, analysis and think pieces.
- Ezra Klein details the Syrian war in this 5-minute video from 2015.
- Maytha Alhassen,Syrian American journalist and scholar, answers questions about the crisis in Syria in this Facebook Live video.
Volunteer & Donate Here are some agencies and resources that provide ideas on how you can get involved in assisting refugees in Canada.
- Canadian Red Cross
- Community Foundations of Canada
- United Way Centraide Canada
- Donate to charities or not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, goods and services to newcomers.
- Direct money to private or community foundations or organizations that help sponsor refugees, such as a local SAH.
- Encourage a business to fund a scholarship for newcomers.