End the Conflict. End the Humanitarian Crisis.The Syrian conflict has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, and as long as the U.S. and Russia continue bombing the Syrian population without providing resettlement assistance for the innocent Syrians affected by their military actions – the crisis will only get worse. We need immediate U.S. action to end the war through diplomacy and to provide resettlement assistance. We have one message for U.S. leadership: End the War. End the Humanitarian Crisis.
End the Conflict
The Syrian conflict and the refugee crisis overwhelming Europe are deeply linked to past military action in the Middle East. Past unnecessary and illegal actions in the Middle East have fueled anti-US sentiment and IS recruitment campaigns. Even Tony Blair, an architect of the Iraq War, commented that the Iraq war is connected to the instability of the Middle East today
The U.S. has committed to sending troops into Syria – despite repeated promises that would not happen. The U.S. is repeating past mistakes of Vietnam, Iraq and Libya by committing U.S. soldiers to a war with no exit strategy and a high likelihood of escalation.
We are facing an immediate threat of a military confrontation – accidental or intentional – between nuclear powers. The U.S. and Russia are both fighting IS terrorists in Syria, but the U.S. is working for a Syria without an Assad government, and Russia is supporting the Assad government – a long time ally. This could easily become a proxy war between nuclear powers.
Number of Casualties in the Syrian Conflict
Number of Civilians Killed in the Syrian Conflict
Percentage of Syria's Total Population Displaced
Number of Syrian Children in Need of Humanitarian Assistance
THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
More than 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far and 12.8 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Over 115,000 of those killed were civilians.
50% of Syria’s population has been displaced. Nearly 12 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and half of all Syrians displaced are children. 4 million are refugees and an additional 7.6 million are internally displaced.
The UN Appeal for Syrian refugees is just 40% funded. Funding shortages have dire consequences. The most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just $13.50 per month – or less than half a dollar per day – for food assistance.
Only 104,410 Syrian families have been offered resettlement globally. This is a 2.6% of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.