Multifaith Alliance Welcomes Potential “Safe Zones” for Syrian War Victims

Contact: Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg Mobile: 917 447 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, N.Y. July 28, 2015 - The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees welcomed news reports about an agreement between the United States and Turkey that would create a “safe haven” inside Syria for millions of suffering Syrians forced from their homes. “We’re deeply gratified that we will soon see safe zones along the Turkey-Syria border for displaced Syrian war victims,” said Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance, the nation’s leading interfaith response to the four- year-old Syrian crisis—the worst humanitarian disaster of this generation. “Most of th

UN Agency Says Syrian Children Face Water Scarcity, Heat

BEIRUT — The U.N. children's agency warned on Friday that millions of Syrian children face a "high risk" of disease due to the scarcity of clean water and the scorching summer heat. Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has damaged much of the country's infrastructure and killed more than 220,000 people. Millions are displaced within the country, forced to live in crowded and dirty conditions. Water cuts are common throughout Syria. UNICEF said that since the beginning of 2015, Syria has reported 105,886 cases of acute diarrhea. There has also been a sharp increase in cases of Hepatitis A, with a record number of 1,700 new cases reported in one week alone in February, the agency said. "T

Lifeline Appeal: Help Families like Sam's

From UNHCR Sami has just been discharged from hospital. The little boy is recovering from a terrible chest infection and thankfully, on this occasion, his parents Amani and Mazen had enough money to pay for the medicine and treatment he needed. Sami’s family is receiving the help and cash assistance they need to survive but UNHCR currently has some 18,000 families on the waiting list and there is simply not enough money to go around. We at UNHCR are on the frontline; can you help to provide Syrian families with a lifeline? Thanks to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, the young couple and their two little boys Sami (1.5 years) and Kahlid (five years) are now receiving monthly cash assistance that

Syria Increasingly Disintegrates in Crucible of War

From The New York Times Kurdish fighters during clashes with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Hasakah on June 30. Credit Uygar Onder Simsek/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria is falling apart, as warring groups carve it into de facto fiefs, and it is increasingly hard to see how its disintegration can be reversed. Within the country, no single group can muster enough territory or popularity to win an increasingly fragmented war — or even to negotiate and enforce an eventual peace. From outside, regional and global powers tug at the country in a proxy fight for their own interests, but none of them have the influence or, apparently, the w

MFA Lauds Malala's Appeal for Syrian War Victims

New York, N.Y. July 15, 2015…As the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees meets with congressional leaders to discuss the worsening Syrian refugee crisis, it lauded Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai for her bold words and actions to help Syrian war victims. “We applaud Malala for bringing crucial attention to the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st Century,” Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance, said in a statement. “As the conditions for millions of Syrian refugees and displaced people grow more dire, most of the victims are traumatized women and children—many of whom are scattered in urban areas without access to basic services. We join Malala’s call to world lea

Four million Syrians flee war and persecution

More than four million Syrians have now fled war and persecution and become refugees in neighbouring countries, making the Syrian conflict the UN refugee agency’s worst crisis for almost a quarter of a century. Latest figures from UNHCR released today (Thursday, July 9) put the total number of refugees from Syria to just over 4,013,000 people. “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation.It is a population that deserves the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into abject poverty,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. UNHCR said in a statement that the new figures were based on new arrivals in T

July 13th, 7:30 p.m.: Virtual "Ask Me Anything" with MFA's Syria Associate

Monday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Syrian Muslim Amin Ahmed was forced from his home during the horrible civil war--the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. But when he decided to go back and help his fellow Syrians with emergency aid, he found that the people he thought were his enemies--Israelis--were willing to help. Find out about this fascinating story and hope for a more stable Middle East on Monday night. Bring some questions and join this virtual Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with Amin on Monday night, July 13th, at 7:30 EDT:

U.N. Chief: World Should Be Ashamed at Failure to End Syria Conflict

From The New York Times UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart." A Syrian boy received treatment Tuesday at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma after being wounded in fighting between antigovernment rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The U.N. chief said more than 220,000 Syrians have died in the conflict, now in its fifth year, almost half the population has been forced to flee their homes, and civilians still face

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