A visual display
of the toll of four years of the Syria conflict on refugees
Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2015) —
marks the 4-year anniversary of the Syria conflict, which has resulted in over
200,000 casualties and displaced nearly 11.5 million people. To recognize the
anniversary, leading international aid agencies are hosting a two-day exhibit
called “Life in Refuge” that allows visitors a glimpse
of the plight of Syrian refugees through individual stories and images, and to
advocate for an end to their suffering.
The Life in
Refuge event will be held on March 27-28
in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., and will be hosted in a refugee tent
to bring to life the refugee experience.
“We want to
use these interactive exhibits to remind the public that millions of Syrians
have had their lives turned upside down as a result of this war. They have lost
homes and loved ones. Families have been separated across borders. The losses
for children are heartbreaking, with many not only experiencing horrific violence
but also having to forgo school to work and support their families,” said Jaime
Shabalina, CARE policy advisor. “Everyone has been greatly impacted, but we chose
to focus primarily on women and girls as they are often disproportionately
impacted by crisis.”
The event aims
to raise awareness among the public about the plight of Syrians displaced by
conflict to not only build empathy, but also to inspire actions to stand #WithSyria
and demand that our leaders do more to end the suffering and bring about a
solution to this conflict. People will be asked to sign a petition calling on world
leaders to prioritize desperately needed funding for humanitarian assistance,
urge conflicting parties to stop attacks on civilians, and seek a political
solution to the conflict.
will also have the opportunity to publicly show their support of Syrians
through the “Dear World Syria” photo project, which is an
extension of an ongoing project by American photographers Robert Fogarty and
Ben Reece. As part of “Dear World Syria”, people will write messages for Syria
on their arms and hands and have their photo taken and then shared to stand in
solidarity with the people of Syria.
hosting the event include: CARE, Oxfam, Save the Children, Islamic Relief,
Syrian American Medical Society and Syria Relief and Development. To learn
more, go to www.care.org/work/advocacy/life-in-refuge.
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