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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 the victims are women and children, most of whom are scattered in urban areas without access to basic services.”
Bennett noted that personnel from the Multifaith Alliance, a project of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, met recently with senior Congressional staff members on Capitol Hill urging support for the establishment of humanitarian safe zones in Syria, among other measures.
Said Multifaith Alliance Senior Syria Advisor, Shadi Martini: “Innocent Syrians desperately need a humanitarian safe zone, as they are caught between Assad’s barrel bombs and chemical weapons, and the barbaric killings being carried out by ISIS jihadists.”
According to news reports, Turkey and the United States have agreed to a plan that would drive the Islamic State from a 68-mile stretch along Syria’s northeast border, which could then become de facto safe zones for millions of displaced Syrians.
The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), a project of Tanenbaum, in cooperation with the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is the United States’ leading interfaith response to the Syrian refugee crisis. We support organizations that deliver direct humanitarian aid to Syrian war victims today, while planting the seeds for future stability in the region.
All MFA activities are a project of Tanenbaum, except funding for humanitarian aid, which is distributed through the Joint Distribution Committee.