Wahroonga, New South Wales
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), along with other members of the #WithSyria coalition, are calling on the Australian Government to “make this the last anniversary of the Syrian conflict”.
A United Nations official earlier this year described the civil war as 'the great tragedy of this century—a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history'.
An online petition calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and government MPs to end the conflict was launched last month, with the campaign seeking 2500 signatures.
A United Nations official earlier this year described the civil war as “the great tragedy of this century—a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history”. The conflict has displaced more than 6.5 million Syrians, with more than 2.4 million fleeing to neighbouring countries in search of safety.
More than 100,000 people have been killed (including 10,000 children) since the war began three years ago.
“It’s a larger crisis [in terms of how many people have been affected] than the Asian tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and the recent cyclone in the Philippines combined,” ADRA Australia CEO Mark Webster said. “Yet all of us as non-government organisations struggle to gain the support and raise the funds that we need to make an impact on people’s lives.”
Other organisations that are part of the #WithSyria coalition include Amnesty International, Act for Peace, Caritas Australia, Save the Children Australia and World Vision Australia.
Click here to sign the petition and for more information.