"Greece, Japan, South Korea, Russia and Slovakia have pledged zero resettlement or admission spaces for Syrian refugees, despite the combined “fair share” total of the five countries exceeding 105,000 places. The United Kingdom has pledged 22 percent of its “fair share” total, while the United States, which has a fair share total of more than 170,000, has pledged 7 percent." Please click here to learn more. Article by Lucy Westcott in Newsweek

16 ways you can help Syrian refugees NOW

The Syrian civil war escalated from peaceful anti-government protests to a violent civil war to a massive global human rights crisis over the past five years. The fighting, the atrocities and the debate over the millions of displaced is an outrage. The crisis has been exacerbated by racism and cuts to aid funding that pit refugees against the world’s poorest and leave out too many of those in need. This needs to end now. Here’s what you can do to help end the suffering in Syria for the 13.5 million people affected by the ongoing conflict. Please click here to learn how you can help. Article by Meghan Werft at Global Citizen

Photos on the Greek-Macedonian Border

Please see some important photos taken by MFA Senior Syria Advisor on the Greek-Macedonian border in the Greek town of Idomeni where 14000 refugees are stuck.

MFA Field Report from Greece

Please read this report by Shadi Martini, MFA Senior Syria Advisor. Helpless in a Sea of Mud Crossing into Greece took me two minutes because I had the right passports. I needed to get to Idomeni, where 14,000 refugees are now stuck. You need to be on the frontline here to realize what’s going on, as I did when I got within one mile of this Greek border town. First, you see people with green raincoats walking on the side of the road. As you continue on, you begin to see a mass of small camping tents dotting the horizon. It had been raining and cold for days. We came prepared for the miserable weather, but not so for the thousands who were out there. The field they now called “camp

H.R. 4731, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), with more than 60 faith-based and secular affiliated organizations, is the nation’s leading interfaith response to the Syrian refugee crisis. A project of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, the Alliance seeks significantly greater efficiency in the refugee resettlement process, without compromising U.S. security. In the strongest possible terms, MFA condemns the so-called Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act as actually a xenophobic, Islamophobic attempt to curtail the resettlement of Syrian refugees. Rather than truly reform our refugee program and permit effective, efficient processing of victims of the worst human

"I know firsthand what it's like to lose a home..."

Letters from WWII refugees to Syrian children I know firsthand what it's like to lose a home and become a refugee. Carefully penned in tight script on a piece of ivory stationary, this was the opening of 87-year-old Helga Kissell's handwritten letter. It was addressed to Sajeda, a 16-year-old Syrian refugee in Jordan who Kissell has never met. Despite their 70-year age difference, the pair share a common life experience: Both know the reality of life as a refugee. In 1945, Kissell was 16 when she and her mother were forced to flee their home in Berlin in the dwindling days of World War II. Seven decades later, Europe is facing the worst refugees crisis since that time Kissell's letter is par

Watch MFA speak on a panel at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Please watch this recording of the Jewish Theological Seminary's program on the Syrian refugee crisis. Dr. Georgette Bennett, Founder and President of the Multifaith Alliance, and Shadi Martini, MFA's Senior Syria Advisor speak on a panel alongside Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS.

Learn about Project Spora and the AFYA Foundation

Please watch the video above to learn about the work the AFYA Foundation is doing to help Syrian refugees. AFYA’s goal in launching Project Spora is to bolster the Greek healthcare system, burdened by the unprecedented influx of refugees, with much-needed medical supplies and humanitarian provisions. Project Spora honors and appreciates the selfless efforts of the heroes of Lesvos. Check out their website:

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