MFA Statement on the Devastation in East Ghouta

Relier workers prepare meals in Douma, East Ghouta on February 27th, 21018 for distribution to 500 families. Fighting in East Ghouta, outside Damascus, has intensified, devastating the civilian population. In the past week more than 500 people, including over 100 children have been killed as a result of the attacks. Hospitals have been targets of bombings and the remaining facilities are struggling to keep up with the rising number of severely injured civilians. East Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus with a population of about 400,000, has been under siege for more than four years, depriving residents of basic necessities including food and medical supplies. Bombings and ground attacks continue d

MFA Webinar | Updates on Syria, How You Can Help

Updates on Syria, How You Can Help Our first webinar of 2018 included a presentation by Shadi Martini, MFA’s Director of Humanitarian Relief and Regional Relations, on the then-current situation on the ground in Syria, including the latest military developments. Shadi and other MFA staff answer a number of related questions on the crisis and on how people can help.

MFA Statement on the Administration's Decision on TPS for Syrians

A victory and a defeat: Administration extends Temporary Protected Status for some Syrians; Fails to redesignate Syria Following impassioned and contentious advocacy and debate, the Administration yesterday concluded to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria for another 18 months. The TPS designation applies specifically to countries where there is “ongoing armed conflict” and where conditions exist that would “prevent [return to that country] in safety.” Without this extension, 5,800 Syrians, resident in the United States since August 2016, who are contributors to their American communities, risked deportation on March 31. However, the Administration refused to redesi

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