You can help end the conflict in Syria

The 15th of March marked the three year anniversary of the conflict in Syria, which shows little sign of abating.

The Syrian War – how did it start?

The Syrian civil war, or the Syrian uprising, is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it. The conflict appears to have begun early 2011, with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011.

The current situation

9 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and find shelter away from the devastating violence, including as refugees in neighbouring countries. Washington Post has compiled three grim statistics on the impact that the Syrian conflict has on the Syrian people, on what unfolds on average each day that it continues, using figures taken from last year.

Every minute: Three Syrians become refugees abroad.

Some 2.5 million people have sought refuge outside the country, according to the United Nations. About 1.5 million of those fled in the past year – a staggering 4,110 a day. Syria’s neighbours are poorly equipped to deal with the influx, and humanitarian agencies face huge funding shortfalls.

Every two minutes: Eight children inside Syria are forced to flee their homes.

The number of displaced children in Syria has more than tripled over the past year, from 920,000 to nearly 3 million, according to UNICEF. In its latest report, the agency warned of a lost generation as many struggle to find food, access health care or psychological support, and go without schooling. 

Every 10 minutes: One person dies.

More than 146,000 people have been killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group that tracks the death toll. Over the past year deaths have averaged more than 170 a day, it says. The United Nations has given up counting. The war dead in just three years is in line with the number estimated killed in 15 years of civil war in Lebanon.

Source: The Washington Post

Oxfam’s efforts

As the anniversary approached, Oxfam researchers surveyed 151 households of refugees in three areas of Jordan representing 1,015 people. What these surveyed showed was that the overwhelming majority of refugees want to return to Syria. Only a third of those questioned said they could see themselves returning home, and of these refugees, 78 per cent said they did not know when this would be.

With the conflict in its fourth year, it is now more important than ever to help end the crisis. Oxfam, in a joint campaign with Act for Peace, Adventist Relief and Development Agency, Amnesty International, CARE, Caritas, Save the Children and World Vision Australia, are taking the message to Australia’s leaders, Julie Bishop MP, Joe Hockey MP, Bill Shorten MP, Tanya Plibersek MP and Senator Christine Milne, to stand with Syria and compel them do all they can to end the appalling suffering.

Supporting Oxfam

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Write your letter today

Show your support and send your letter to Australia’s leaders today—Oxfam have pre-written letters available, or you can add your own note to the email:

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