By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach
The war in Syria has continued to escalate, with increasing involvement by foreign fighters. More than 100,000 people have been killed. More than six million people are displaced from their homes within Syria, and another 2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries.
MCC has continued to advocate for an immediate stop to the violence and a long-term political solution that guarantees the rights of all Syrians. In the meantime, MCC also continues to advocate for greater funding to meet the vast humanitarian needs.
After the chemical weapons attack in Damascus on August 21, 2013, President Obama indicated that the U.S. would carry out military strikes against Syria. After announcing he would seek congressional approval for military action, calls began flooding into congressional offices.
More than 1,100 of you responded to an MCC action alert, generating more than 5,000 total messages to Congress and the President. Congressional staffers told the MCC U.S. Washington Office that they received a high volume of calls during that time, with the overwhelming majority opposed to military strikes.
In part because of the concern expressed by the American public about the use of force, the Obama administration directed its energies toward a diplomatic solution. As part of an agreement with Russia, Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile is in the process of being destroyed.
In December Sarah Adams, MCC’s former representative for Syria and Lebanon, came to Washington to meet with policymakers. Her unique, on-the-ground perspective was heard at the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and on Capitol Hill.
Give to MCC’s Middle East crisis response
The humanitarian crisis in Syria continues and is taking a toll on the children. You can help.
The children of Syria continue to live with the uncertainty that comes with being a refugee from war. Often living in temporary housing and without the structure of school and community they lack the sense of normalcy and routine that children thrive on.
Along with providing food and material aid, your support will help MCC provide educational and recreational activities for the children. Children benefit when they can “take a break” from war to see a movie, play music or paint and draw. Thank you for your support!
$22 provides a monthly food basket for a family.
$55 provides cash support for a family’s rent.