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Syrian Civil War

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Started 4 months ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security, United Nations

Accept 65,000 Syrian Refugees into the United States.

We are two eighth grade students hoping to make a difference for the millions of Syrian refugees. Please join us in our efforts to help those in need. The situation in Syria is unimaginable. There have already been more than 300,000 deaths due to this ongoing tragedy. Almost half of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million has been displaced by the war, 6.5 million of which having been internally displaced within Syria. With all of this going on in the world around us, the average person cannot even point out Syria on a map. Recourses for refugees in Syria are scarce: About 70% of the population is without access to adequate drinking water, one-in-three people are unable to meet their basic food needs, more than 2 million children are out of school, and 4 out of 5 people live in poverty. The worst part is that there is no one willing to help the countless people living in these conditions. (BBC News) Of 4.8 million refugees who have managed to fled from Syria, 95% are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The U.S. has taken in a total of 10,000. (Amnesty International :: September 4, 2015). Over half of the states in America oppose accepting Syrian refugees, despite having more than enough resources to accommodate the change. This is not, by any means, morally acceptable. “Syria has become the great tragedy of this century, a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history. The only solace is the humanity shown by the neighboring countries in welcoming and saving the lives of so many refugees.” — António Guterres, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees

Zelie Chowaiki
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