MFA Statement on the Chemical Attack in Douma
The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees strongly condemns the apparent use of deadly chemical weapons in an attack on Douma, a city outside Damascus, on April 7th. At least 42 people have been killed, with hundreds more affected, in what appears to be yet another heinous use of banned chemical weapons on the Syrian civilian population. The Syrian civil war recently entered its eighth year with no respite for civilians and no end in sight to the humanitarian disaster.
As a network of more than 90 faith-based and secular organizations, we urge the international community to rise up against these atrocities, which so contravene our most fundamental moral principles. We call on Congress, the Administration and the United Nations to condemn this horrific use of chemical weapons against civilians, and to ensure that world leaders comply with the international bans against their use. MFA also demands that vital lifesaving relief be allowed to reach those affected by this recent attack.
The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), a project of the Tides Center, is a coalition of more than 90 faith-based and secular organizations. MFA’s mission is to mobilize the interfaith response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, raise funds to alleviate suffering, cultivate partnerships to advance future stability in the region, advocate for sensible and humane refugee policies, and create awareness of the facts, the needs, and the opportunities for positive action.