From Daring to Dispossessed [Psychology Today]

Martini talks to fellow Syrians in early 2016 in Greece, where thousands of refugees have amassed. MFA's own Shadi Martini, a senior Syria adviser, published an article in Psychology Today about his own experiences in feeling Syria as well as resettling as a refugee in the United States. Check out the article by clicking the link below! StartFragmenthttps://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201607/daring-dispossessed?collection=1091356

Madaya: Portrait of a Syrian Town Under Siege

Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), one of our participating organizations, and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) demand that all warring parties in Syria immediately end their deliberate starvation of civilians and blocking of humanitarian aid. Siege warfare and the willful denial of humanitarian aid – especially aid indispensable for survival – are illegal under both the Geneva Conventions and customary international law. They constitute war crimes. Such acts are also crimes of collective punishment, itself a separate violation of international humanitarian law. To learn more and read the full report submitted by SAMS, click on the link below. https://www.sams-usa.net/foundation/index.

Congress Is Fast-Tracking Two Shameful Anti-Syrian Refugee Bills [The Daily Beast]

Photo Courtesy of The Daily Beast. Our founder, Dr. Georgette F. Bennett, wrote a piece in The Daily Beast about two Anti-Syrian Refugee immigration bills that are quickly passing through Congress. In theory, the bills would prevent terrorists from entering America by improving the security checks on refugees before arriving on American soil. In reality, these two bills perpetuate religious intolerance and Islamophobia, violating the core principle of all great faiths-- to act in the face of human suffering. Click on the link below to read more. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/10/congress-is-fast-tracking-two-shameful-anti-syrian-refugee-bills.html

Religious Groups Unite in New York to Assemble 7,500 Hygiene Kits for Syrian Refugees [Observer]

Volunteers at the 69th Regiment Armory. Photo: Brian McDonell / Heart to Heart International Click on the link below for an article from Observer on the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugee's hugely successful event on June 26th. MFA teamed up with Heart to Heart International to put on this massive operation as the target of 600 volunteers was quickly surpassed when more than 900 people signed up. Together, these organizations were able to prepare 7,500 kits to send abroad. http://observer.com/2016/06/religious-groups-unite-in-new-york-to-assemble-7500-hygiene-kits-for-syrian-refugees/

A multifaith crowd packs soap and toothpaste for Syrian refugees [Religion News Service]

Volunteers assemble hygiene care packages for Syrian refugees at New York City's 69th Regiment Armory on June 26, 2016. Photo courtesy of Brian McDonnell (Heart to Heart International) Click on the link below for an article from Religion News Service on the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugee's hugely successful event on June 26th. Over 1,000 volunteers, representing the Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu communities came out to assemble care packages that are being sent to Syrian refugees in camps in Turkey. http://religionnews.com/2016/06/28/in-nyc-a-multi-religious-crowd-packs-toothbrushes-and-underwear-for-syrian-refugees/

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